Vanderbilt is expected to name Valparaiso’s Bryce Drew as its next men’s basketball coach in the next one to two days, according to a tweet from SI.com’s Pete Thamel.
Drew would be replacing longtime Commodores coach Kevin Stallings, who recently left Vanderbilt after 17 years to succeed Jamie Dixon at Pittsburgh following Dixon’s departure for TCU. Drew has been the head coach of the Crusaders for the past five years, posting a record of 124-49 (65-19 Horizon League) while winning four regular season titles and making the NCAA Tournament twice.
The 41-year-old Drew will now bring his people-before-results approach to the competitive SEC, where Vanderbilt has struggled to maintain a consistent contender’s presence. The Commodores made the Sweet Sixteen twice under Stallings, but were only in the NCAA Tournament seven times in 17 seasons. In an SEC that features ever dangerous Kentucky as well as strong squads in Texas A&M and Florida among others, it’s going to be interesting to see how fresh-faced Bryce Drew fairs from both a coaching and recruiting standpoint.
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