VALPARAISO, Ind. -- Homer Drew, Valparaiso's career leader in wins, is returning to the school as men's basketball coach to succeed his son, university officials announced Friday.
Drew retired 18 months ago, turning the coaching position over to his son, Scott. But when Baylor hired the 32-year-old Drew on Friday, Valparaiso wasted no time in bringing the elder Drew out of retirement.
"The timing, four days before the start of class, it could be devastating for a program," President Alan Harre said. "But fortunately, that is not the case for Valparaiso University."
Drew, who has a contract through 2006, will work with his son's highly regarded recruiting class of Kenny Harris, Jimmie Miles, Oumar Sylla and Moussa Mbaye.
"I really enjoy working with young people and helping them achieve their goals: graduating, making the NCAA Tournament, reaching the professional ranks," he said. "If these four freshmen blend in with who we have coming back, it can be an enjoyable season."
Homer Drew led Valparaiso to six NCAA tournament appearances, including five straight from 1996 to 2000. He retired after setting a school record for victories with a 25-8 record in 2001-02.
Scott Drew went 20-11, won the Mid-Continent Conference regular-season title and led the Crusaders to an NIT appearance in his only season as head coach. He spent nine seasons as an assistant to his father.
"I have often introduced Scott to people as a super coach in progress," athletics director William Steinbrecher said. "Apparently, we aren't the only ones who felt that way."
Homer Drew posted a 236-185 record in his 14 previous seasons at Valparaiso and led the school to the NCAA's round of 16 in 1998. His other son, Bryce, an NBA player, hit a leaning, buzzer-beating 3-pointer to give the Crusaders a 70-69 victory over Mississippi for the school's first-ever NCAA Tournament win that season.
Drew spent 12 seasons at Bethel College and Indiana University-South Bend before coming to Valparaiso for his first stint as coach. He has a career record of 505-307. He also served as an assistant at Louisiana State and Washington State.
After leaving the sidelines, he accepted a position at Valparaiso as special assistant to the president for university advancement.
Drew retired in April 2002, citing the excitement of the challenge his son faced and the desire to travel more with his wife, Janet, to see their children.