Valparaiso basketball coach Bryce Drew is the “frontrunner” to take over at Vanderbilt, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.
Drew, 41, has a 124-49 career record in five seasons at Valparaiso and has led the team to four Horizon League regular season championships. In 2016 he was named the Horizon Coach of the Year for a second-straight season.
Vanderbilt has a vacancy after Kevin Stallings left to join Pittsburgh on a six-year deal following 17 years as the coach of the Commodores. Stallings left with a 332-220 record and led Vanderbilt to seven NCAA tournament appearances during his tenure.
Drew was a first-round pick in the 1998 NBA Draft after climbing to stardom with NCAA tournament heroics as a player for Valparaiso. In the 1998 NCAA Tournament he hit a three-point shot as time expired to upset Ole Miss in the first round and scored 22 points in a win over Florida State that sent Valparaiso to its first ever Sweet 16.