It has been known that in the near future that Homer Drew would step down as head coach of Valparaiso. It has also been known that his son Bryce would be the one to take over. It just was not known that it would be so soon. This morning I got on the computer after breakfast and saw that Homer was stepping down as the Valpo coach. That was a huge surprise to me. I had not heard any rumblings that his retirement was imminent. He meant a lot to the school, and will be a hard act to follow.
Homer has had a great run at Valpo. This is not the first time that he has stepped down and handed the reigns to a son. He stepped away from coaching for a year in 2002 to allow his son Scott to take over. Scott then left after one season to take the head coaching job at Baylor. Homer came back to take Valpo back to the NCAA Tournament. He has since achieved his 600th victory, and the court at the ARC is now named after him. He will be a tough act to follow.
Bryce will forever be remembered for his shot in the ’98 NCAA Tournament that helped Valpo make their run in the tourney. He was then drafted in the first round by the Houston Rockets. He eventually came back closer to home as a member of the Bulls. In 2005 he joined the Valpo coaching staff as the associate head coach. He will now have big shoes to fill as the head coach of Valpo. He now has his shot, and we all know that he can make the most of a big shot.