Coaching legend, with ties to Indiana, reflects on memories and future of the NCAA Tournament
The NCAA Tournament is filled with magical moments that go beyond the game on the court, former Valparaiso and Bethel Basketball Coach Homer Drew joins ABC57’s Allison Hayes to discuss his two sons coaching in the tournament and memories of his own career.
Homer says it's an exciting time for the Drew family, with his sons the head coach of the number one seed Baylor University and his youngest son, now the head coach of Grand Canyon University. Both coached at Valparaiso and followed in their father’s footsteps.
Homer remembers his time fondly at Bethel College because of one of his first players he coached there, Mike Lightfoot, who would succeed Homer at Bethel College and now Lightfoot’s son, Ryne, is an assistant of Bryce Drew’s staff.
It goes without mention that Homer reflects on his son Bryce hitting the game-winning buzzer-beater for Valparaiso in the 1998 opening-round game of the NCAA Tournament. That shot propelled the Crusaders to an upset over Ole Miss and Valparaiso went on to its first-ever Sweet 16 Game.