Vanderbilt to hire Bryce Drew as new coach

ByJeff Goodman ESPN logo
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Vanderbilt has agreed to a six-year contract withValparaiso coach Bryce Drew to become the Commodores' new men's basketball coach, sources told ESPN.

Drew, 41, has been the coach of the Crusaders for the past five seasons.

He has a 124-49 record and has taken the program to a pair of NCAA tournament appearances. Drew's Crusaders finished 28-10 this season after falling in the NIT championship game to George Washington.

The brother of Baylor coach Scott Drew replaces Kevin Stallings, who left last week to take the Pittsburgh job.

Stallings left after a 19-14 season and an opening NCAA tournament loss to Wichita State. In his 17 seasons, Stallings had seven NCAA tournament berths and reached the Sweet 16 twice. This season's berth was his first since Vanderbilt won the SEC tournament in 2012.

As a player, Bryce Drew hit the famous buzzer-beating 3-pointer that helped the 13th-seeded Crusaders upset Ole Miss in the first round of the 1998 NCAA tournament.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.