We lost a mid-major legend this week as Bryce Drew finally left his alma mater for a gig at SEC member Vanderbilt. The Crusaders are now on the hunt for their first head coach since 2011 and for their first head coach without the last name Drew since 1988.
Her is a short list of names to keep an eye on for the Crusaders:
Billy Donlon: Wright State seemed to be the only member of the Horizon League who had Valpo's number this past year but the Raiders dispatched their head coach despite a 22 win season. Donlon could step in tomorrow and begin his revenge tour in an area and conference he knows well.
Luke Gore: Gore might be the frontrunner right now as Bryce Drew's right-hand man. Gore has been on the Crusaders staff for the last 14 years.
Greg Tonagel: Tonagel is the had coach at Indiana Wesleyan where he has won two NAIA national titles. He is a Valpo alum and spent time as the team's Director of Basketball Operations way back in the early 2000s. If Valpo is looking for an outside the box home run then Tonagel may be the guy.
Brian Gregory: If the Crusaders are looking to make a bit of a splash then Brian Gregory might be a guy to look out for. The former Georgia Tech and Dayton bench boss obviously knows the area well and could be a beast if he lands a gig in the Horizon League.
Rex Walters: Walters recently lost his job at San Francisco and has been a nearly .500 level head coach at the Division I level. He started his college coaching career at Valpo before heading out to eventually be the head coach at Florida Atlantic.