By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Vanderbilt Commodores fired men’s basketball coach Bryce Drew on Friday. He was the head coach there for the past three seasons.
A search has begun to find his replacement. Athletic Director Malcolm Turner and Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos will lead the search.
“Vanderbilt is committed to competing at the highest levels on and off the court. After careful consideration, we’ve decided to make a change to the leadership of our men’s basketball program,” said Turner. “Bryce has represented Vanderbilt in exceptional fashion in his time here. I appreciate all of the contributions Bryce has made over the past three seasons to Vanderbilt, and we wish him all the best.”
The 44-year-old Baton Rouge, Louisiana native guided the Commodores to a 9-23 record this past season. They also had an 0-18 record within the Southeastern Conference.
The team ended the season on a 20-game losing streak. Their season ended in the SEC Tournament as they lost to the Texas A&M Aggies with a 69-52 loss on Wednesday, March 13th, in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Commodores last win under Drew as head coach came on Dec. 31, as they won 90-59 over the UNC Asheville Bulldogs in Nashville.
Combined in the last two seasons, the team went 21-43 under Drew. He only had one winning season, which was his first year at the helm in 2016-17, as the team went 19-16.
The team made it to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, before losing in the first-round.
Before accepting the Vanderbilt job, he spent five seasons at his alma mater, Vanderbilt Crusaders. There, he went 124-49 with a 65-19 conference mark.
Four of the five seasons, he guided the team to the Horizon League regular season championship. Twice they were the Horizon League Tournament Champions in 2013 and 2015.
He also was the Horizon League Coach of the Year three-times in 2012, 2015, and 2016.
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