Men's Basketball

Drew Valentine to Step Up as Next Ramblers Men’s Basketball Coach

Nick Schultz | The PhoenixLoyola Head Coach Drew Valentine (second from right) and his brother, Denzel (right), celebrate with friends and family after the Ramblers won a share of the 2019 MVC title.

After Loyola men’s basketball head coach Porter Moser was announced as the new head coach at the University of Oklahoma April 2, Loyola assistant coach Drew Valentine has been named as his successor.

Although rumors had been swirling in days following Moser’s move to Oklahoma — including a congratulatory message to Valentine from former Rambler Marques Townes April 3 — the official announcement from Loyola Athletics came April 5. 

“Over the course of his career as both a player and as a coach, Drew had proven that he’s a winner who does things the right way,” Director of Athletics Steve Watson said in the press release. 

Loyola Athletics was unable to be reached for comment on further details of Valentine’s contract. 

At 29 years old, Valentine is now believed to be the youngest head coach in NCAA Division I basketball. He was an assistant coach under Moser for four years, helping the Ramblers to appearances in the 2018 Final Four, 2021 Sweet 16 and three Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) regular season titles. 

While at Loyola, the program also produced three MVC Players of the Year — Clayton Custer in 2018, Townes in 2019 and Cameron Krutwig in 2021 — and recorded its first back-to-back regular season titles in history.

“We will continue to do things the right way, with character and passion!” Valentine said in the press release. “The vision and standard that Coach Moser established will forever remain a part of the culture.”

Before arriving in Rogers Park in 2017, Valentine was an assistant coach at Oakland University and helped lead the Golden Grizzlies to two consecutive postseason appearances. He was also named to the National Basketball Coaches Association (NBCA) 2017 Under Armour 30-Under-30 Team as one of the best coaches under 30 years old. 

He previously worked as the graduate assistant for two years at Michigan State University, helping the Spartans record two Sweet 16 appearances and an appearance in the 2015 Final Four. 

Valentine graduated from Oakland after earning two NCAA Tournament berths and becoming the winningest player in school history.

Kyle Brown contributed to this report.

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