Drew Valentine spent the last two seasons on the men’s basketball coaching staff.
Valentine became the youngest full-time assistant coach hired by Greg Kampe on July 1, 2015
JAN. 29, 2017
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Valentine completed his second season as a member of the Oakland coaching staff, helping the Golden Grizzlies capture their first Horizon League regular season championship. He primarily works with the guards and handles scouting and recruiting responsibilities.
Valentine became the youngest full-time assistant coach hired by Greg Kampe on July 1, 2015. Valentine returned to Oakland University after spending two years as a graduate manager at Michigan State.
Over the last two seasons, the Golden Grizzlies have witnessed tremendous success, winning 48 games and making runs in postseason play both seasons. Oakland made its first-ever postseason championship game appearance in the inaugural Vegas 16 Postseason tournament, and followed that up with a win on the road over Clemson in the Golden Grizzlies first-ever NIT appearance. The 48 wins over the last two seasons is the second-most over a two year stretch, bested only by the 51 victories from 2009-11, while Valentine was starring on the court and leading Oakland to back-to-back NCAA tournaments.
Valentine shined as a player at Oakland, becoming the all-time winningest player in school history. The Golden Grizzlies made consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament in 2010 and '11, and won 87 games during his four-year career. Valentine ended his career with 136 games played, second-most in school history.
While on the sidelines at MSU, Valentine was part of last year's NCAA Final Four Team and watched the Spartans post a 53-21 record. The Spartans tallied back-to-back Sweet Sixteen appearances.
Tom Izzo quote on Valentine
"Drew Valentine is one of the best up-and-coming coaches in the nation. The job he did as a graduate manager in two years at Michigan State was second to none. His passion, discipline and work ethic are special, but his ability to motivate players is as good as I have ever seen. He will be a great fit in Coach Kampe's system, one in which he excelled as a player. I look forward to watching him grow over the next few years as the latest member of the Spartan coaching tree."