Scott Drew

Scott Drew
Scott Drew leaving court (cropped).jpg
Current position
TitleHead coach
ConferenceBig 12
Annual salary$2,768,154[1]
Biographical details
Born (1970-10-23) October 23, 1970 (age 50)
Kansas City, Missouri
Alma materButler
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1991–1993Butler (student manager)
1993–2002Valparaiso (assistant)
Head coaching record
Tournaments17–8 (NCAA Division I)
10–3 (NIT)
Accomplishments and honors
NCAA Division I Tournament (2021)
NCAA Division I Regional—Final Four (2021)
Big 12 regular season (2021)
Mid-Con regular season (2003)
NIT (2013)
Big 12 Coach of the Year (2020, 2021)

Scott Homer Drew (born October 23, 1970) is an American college basketball coach who is the head coach of the Baylor Bears.

Coaching career


Drew graduated from Butler University in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in liberal arts. While at Butler he was a member of Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity.[2] Although he never played college basketball at the varsity level, Drew spent two years as a student assistant for the men's basketball team, and also played on the men's tennis team but did not earn a letter.[3]

Afterwards, Drew assumed an assistant coaching position with the Valparaiso University Crusaders men's team under his father Homer Drew. He spent nine years in this position, during which he earned a master's degree from Valparaiso and a reputation as one of the best recruiters in the nation. Once the elder Drew retired, he became the team's head coach for one year. In that year, Valparaiso won the regular-season conference championship, but lost to IUPUI in the Mid-Continent Conference tournament, thus losing the bid to the NCAA tournament. However, the team proceeded to earn an NIT bid. When Drew went to Baylor, his father came out of retirement to coach Valpo.


On August 22, 2003, Drew took the head coaching position of the men's team at Baylor University after the resignation of Dave Bliss due to scandal. This was unusually late for a coaching change; practice was only two months away and the season opener was only three months away.

Drew took over a program left in a shambles as a result of the scandal. Nearly every top player from the 2002-03 Bears had transferred after school officials granted a full release to every player on the team. Additionally, Baylor had placed itself on probation until 2005 and withdrawn from postseason play for the 2003-04 season. Drew led a decimated roster to an 8-21 record in his first season.

Shortly after Drew's first season, Baylor extended its self-imposed probation until 2006 and docked itself several scholarships and paid recruiting visits through 2006. The NCAA imposed further sanctions in 2005, extending Baylor's probation until 2010, docking the Bears three paid visits in 2006-07 and banning the Bears from non-conference play in the 2005-06 season. With these handicaps, Drew led the Bears to 9–19 in the 2004–05 season, and 4–13 in the Big 12 Conference-only 2005–06 season.

In the 2007–08 season, Drew turned around his Bears to finish with a 21–9 regular-season record. They finished fourth in the Big 12 with a 9-7 record. The 21 wins and 9 conference wins were Baylor's best since joining the Big 12 in 1996. It was enough to make the NCAA Tournament for only the fifth time in school history and the first time since 1988. At the end of the regular season, when Drew made an appearance on the sports show Pardon The Interruption (PTI), host Tony Kornheiser suggested on the air that Drew be voted "unanimous coach of the year." After the season, Drew signed a 10-year contract extension to stay the head coach of the Bears.

Prior to the 2008–09 season, a writer called Drew the Big 12 "coach on the rise" due to Drew's success in recruiting talent to Baylor. The Big 12 coaches picked Drew's squad to finish fourth in the conference.[4]

In 2010, after finishing tied for second in the Big 12 with a squad picked to finish tenth in the preseason poll, Scott Drew was elected the Austin American Statesman's Coach of the Year. That year he went on to beat the Longhorns three straight times.[5] He went on in the same year to enjoy an NCAA Sweet 16 berth, making him and his father Homer Drew one of the few father and son coaches to accomplish such feat. The team then made it to the Elite 8 before losing to the national championship-winning Duke Blue Devils.

In 2011, Drew led Baylor to an 18–13 overall record and a seventh-place finish in the Big 12. In the first round of the Big 12 Tournament, Baylor lost to Oklahoma. Hours before the game, Baylor was informed that star player, Perry Jones III, would not be allowed to play for accepting impermissible benefits, a decision that was later reversed.[6] The team did not participate in a postseason tournament.

In 2011–12, the Bears started the season 17–0 and rose to third in the AP Poll and the coaches' poll—the highest weekly rankings in school history at that time. However, Baylor finished the season on a 13–8 run in their last 21 games and finished in a tie for third in the Big 12. In the Big 12 Tournament, they defeated No. 3-seeded Kansas in the semifinals, but lost to Missouri in the championship game. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, where they advanced to the Elite Eight before losing to Kentucky. The loss marked the second time in three seasons that the Bears' season ended at the hands of the eventual national champions.

In April 2012, the NCAA put the Baylor men's and women's basketball programs on three years probation and implemented scholarship reductions after an investigation revealed major recruiting violations and impermissable involvement of talent scouts at the basketball clinics they hosted.[7] It was also revealed that one of Drew's assistant coaches had attempted to influence two AAU coaches to provide false and misleading information during the investigation.[8] Drew, who issued a statement accepting full responsibility for the infractions, was cited for failure to monitor the men's program[9] and suspended by the Big 12 for the first two conference games in the 2012-13 season.[10]

During the 2012–13 season, Baylor fell to 23–14, 9–9 in Big 12 play to finish in sixth place. An early loss in the Big 12 Tournament resulted in the Bears failing to get an invitation to the NCAA Tournament. They accepted a bid to the NIT where they would advance to the championship game and defeat Iowa to win the NIT.

In 2013–14, the Bears finished with a 26–12 record, again finishing in sixth place in the Big 12. However, they advanced to the Big 12 Tournament championship with three straight wins, including a win over No. 17-ranked Oklahoma, before losing to No. 16-ranked Iowa State. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 6 seed. In the Tournament, the defeated Nebraska and Creighton, before losing to Wisconsin in the Sweet Sixteen. Also during that season, Drew won his 202nd game at Baylor, vaulting him past Bill Henderson to become the winningest coach in Baylor history.

The following year, the Bears finished 24–10, 11–7 to finish in fourth place in Big 12 play. They lost in the semifinals of the Big 12 Tournament to No. 9 Kansas and received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. As a No. 3 seed, they were upset by No. 14-seeded Georgia State in the Second Round (formerly the First Round).

A third straight trip to the NCAA Tournament followed in 2016, but another early exit followed the Bears 22–12 campaign. An upset by No. 12-seeded Yale, knocked the Bears out of the Tournament in the First Round.

In 2016–17, the Bears began the season 15–0 and led to a No. 1 in the country for the first time in Baylor history.[11][12] However, in their first game as No. 1, they lost to No. 10-ranked West Virginia.[13] Later in the season Baylor would beat West Virginia at home to notch their fourth win over a top 10 team on the season. Baylor was an at-large 3-seed to the NCAA tournament, losing in the Sweet 16.

The 2020-21 Baylor Bears basketball team was ranked number 2nd or 3rd in the nation the majority of the season behind Gonzaga. The two teams met in the 2021 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship Game, where the Bears won 86-70 over the previously undefeated Bulldogs.[14]

Personal life

Drew is a Christian and is married to Kelly Drew. The couple have one daughter named Mackenzie and two sons named Peyton and Brody.[15]

Drew's brother, Bryce Drew, is the head coach of the Grand Canyon Antelopes men's basketball team at Grand Canyon University.

Head coaching record

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Valparaiso Crusaders (Mid-Continent Conference) (2002–2003)
2002–03 Valparaiso 20–11 12–2 1st NIT Opening Round
Valparaiso: 20–11 (.645) 12–2 (.857)
Baylor Bears (Big 12 Conference) (2003–present)
2003–04 Baylor 8–21 3–13 11th Ineligible
2004–05 Baylor 9–19 1–15 12th
2005–06 Baylor 4–13 4–12 12th
2006–07 Baylor 15–16 4–12 11th
2007–08 Baylor 21–11 9–7 T–4th NCAA Division I Round of 64
2008–09 Baylor 24–15 5–11 9th NIT Runner-up
2009–10 Baylor 28–8 11–5 T–2nd NCAA Division I Elite Eight
2010–11 Baylor 18–13 7–9 T–7th
2011–12 Baylor 30–8 12–6 T–3rd NCAA Division I Elite Eight
2012–13 Baylor 23–14 9–9 T–4th NIT Champion
2013–14 Baylor 26–12 9–9 T–6th NCAA Division I Sweet 16
2014–15 Baylor 24–10 11–7 T–4th NCAA Division I Round of 64
2015–16 Baylor 22–12 10–8 T–5th NCAA Division I Round of 64
2016–17 Baylor 27–8 12–6 T–2nd NCAA Division I Sweet 16
2017–18 Baylor 19–15 8–10 T–6th NIT Second Round
2018–19 Baylor 20–14 10–8 4th NCAA Division I Round of 32
2019–20 Baylor 26–4 15–3 2nd Canceled due to COVID-19
2020–21 Baylor 28–2 13–1 1st NCAA Division I Champion
Baylor: 372–215 (.634) 153–151 (.503)
Total: 392–226 (.634)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ Charity Navigator- Baylor University
  2. ^ The Rainbow, vol. 132, no. 2, p. 14,
  3. ^ Moss, Tony (March 19, 2019). "Ranking 2019 NCAA tournament coaches as players, 1-68". Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  4. ^ " Big 12 Conference Preview".
  5. ^ "American Statesman's All Big 12 men's basketball team". Archived from the original on 2011-06-07.
  6. ^ "King: The story behind Baylor's Perry Jones III". Retrieved 2017-02-16.
  7. ^ "Baylor gets three years probation". Waco Tribune-Herald. April 12, 2012.
  8. ^ "'Major' Violations Reported at Baylor". New York Times. April 9, 2012.
  9. ^ "Baylor faces possible sanctions". ESPN. April 9, 2012.
  10. ^ "Probation, no postseason bans for Baylor". San Antonio Express-News. April 11, 2012.
  11. ^ "Baylor ranked No. 1 in AP poll for first time". UPI. Retrieved 2017-02-16.
  12. ^ "Baylor ranked No. 1 in Top 25 for 1st time". Retrieved 2017-02-16.
  13. ^ "No. 9 West Virginia hands No. 1 Baylor its first loss". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2017-02-16.
  14. ^ "Baylor men's basketball returns to Waco with program's first national championship". KXAN. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  15. ^ "SCOTT DREW". Retrieved 2020-02-10.

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