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Valparaiso’s Homer Drew Retires

April 25, 2002

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VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) _ Homer Drew retired Thursday after 14 seasons as Valparaiso’s basketball coach, with son Scott taking over the Crusaders.

Drew, who will remain at the school as a special assistant to the president for university advancement, was 236-185 at Valparaiso and won seven Mid-Continent Conference championships. His teams made six NCAA tournament appearances, including a run to the round of 16 in 1998.

The 1998 team’s two tournament victories gained national attention with son Bryce’s buzzer-beating 3-point shot giving Valparaiso a 70-69 victory over Mississippi.

Drew also coached at Bethel College and Indiana University-South Bend, and is 505-307 overall in 26 seasons.

Scott Drew, 31, an assistant for nine seasons under his father, is credited with helping Valparaiso attract several foreign players.

``Scott has demonstrated in a number of different ways that he is ready to meet the challenges ahead,″ athletic director William Steinbrecher said.

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