Baylor Basketball: Head Coach Scott Drew reaches unique milestone
WACO, Texas (KWTX) - When it comes to Coach Scott Drew, it’s safe to say basketball runs in the family.
With the win over Iowa State on Saturday, Baylor’s head basketball coach now has 371 career wins.
Though impressive, that may seem like a random number to celebrate. However, that mark matches the number of Division 1 basketball games won by another “Coach Drew”... Scott’s father.
Homer Drew spent over 40 years coaching, but he says he is happy to pass the torch off to his son.
“I’m excited. Very pleased, very happy for him because that shows the great success he’s had at Baylor,” Homer Drew tells me.
Despite coaching basketball for over four decades, Homer says he didn’t expect any of his three children to follow in his footsteps. For a while, Scott was set to go to law school, but his passion for basketball changed his course... just as it would with his brother Bryce and his sister Dana.
“It was not planned. It was their love of basketball, which makes Dad very proud that they found something they enjoy doing.”
Homer says he never pushed the kids to follow in his footsteps, and he allowed Scott to develop his own, unique coaching style. That said, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
“His mother and I would be watching, and I’m thinking, ‘okay, it’s time for a timeout... it’s time to get so-and-so in the game, or someone out of the game. Chris, within the next minute, it happened.”
Homer retired from coaching nearly a decade ago, but he has stayed involved with basketball at all levels. With Scott coaching Baylor and his other son, Bryce, serving as head coach at Grand Canyon University, Homer often finds himself on a late-night, three-way phone call, talking strategy.
“Both Scott and Bryce are very good about keeping Dad involved. They are worried that I may get bored, so they are very good at sending tape, or talking and asking questions.”
Homer says the thing he is most proud of isn’t his son’s winning record, but the way Scott helps his players become successful in their lives off the court.
“I’m very grateful that he goes that extra yard to help his team, and the individuals on that team.”
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