GCU men’s basketball wants to play on the biggest stages in March Madness, and the program’s new head coach is well-versed in playing a Cinderella turned tournament mainstay.
On Tuesday, the program named former Valparaiso and Vanderbilt head coach Bryce Drew as head coach, replacing Dan Majerle.
Drew led three of his teams to March Madness as a coach and helped seal one of the best college basketball upsets as a player when Valparaiso upset #4 Ole Miss in 1998.
As a head coach, Drew has a career record of 164-108.
“GCU is such a unique university and, even with how successful it is now, I think it’s just scratching the surface for where it’s going to end up being,” Drew said in a release. “What President Mueller has accomplished in a short amount of time is truly remarkable. I’m excited to get Grand Canyon even more on the national scene so they can see what a wonderful University it is as a whole.”
Bryce also comes from a basketball family. His father is Hall of Fame coach Homer Drew, whom Bryce played for at Valparaiso. Bryce’s older brother, Scott, has built Baylor into a perennial power. Collectively, the three have led their teams to a combined 1,155 wins.
Most recently, Drew was an ESPN college basketball analyst.