New ARC floor to bear Homer Drew’s name

The name Drew has long been synonymous with basketball excellence at Valparaiso University. Next season, the Crusaders' home court will bear that name.

Valparaiso University will be replacing the main floor in the arena at the Athletics-Recreation Center this summer and is taking the opportunity to honor longtime head men's basketball coach Homer Drew by naming the new court after him.

"Given his contributions to athletics and the university's national reputation and his strong commitment to the student-athletes for more than 20 years, it is fitting that we are able to honor Coach Drew in this manner," said Valparaiso director of athletics Mark LaBarbera.

Drew has helped to put the men's basketball program on the national scene while accumulating 348 wins at Valpo. He ranks seventh among active Division I head coaches in victories with 617 overall. He has guided the Crusaders to eight conference regular-season titles and conference tournament championships. Drew has led Valpo into the NCAA Tournament seven times, the most memorable appearance being in 1998 as Drew and the Crusaders downed Ole Miss and Florida State en route to a Sweet 16 appearance.

Off the court, Drew has received numerous honors, among them the awarding of the Lumen Christi Medal in 1999, Valparaiso University's highest honor in recognition of a lay person's distinguished service to church and society.

"I am thrilled that we are going to be getting a new floor at the ARC," Drew said. "The best part is that it will benefit not just basketball but all the sports that play or practice on the main floor at the ARC, as well as intramural athletes, so it is something that will be enjoyed by a multitude of people."

The official unveiling of the new court is scheduled to take place on Oct. 30. To donate to the project, fans can visit or call 1-800-803-7184, ext. 15. Gifts also can be mailed to Valparaiso University, Office of Institutional Advancement, 1100 Campus Drive South, Valparaiso, IN 46383-6493.