ROCHESTER, Mich. - Oakland University men's basketball assistant Drew Valentine is leaving his alma mater to join the Loyola basketball coaching staff, announced by head coach Greg Kampe on Friday. Valentine will join Porter Moser's staff as the No. 2 assistant.
"I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity that Coach Kampe and (Director of Athletics) Jeff Konya have given me at Oakland University," said Valentine. "As a proud alum, a piece of this program will always be with me and I'm eager to see Team 51 accomplish many of their goals this upcoming year. I will miss all the players and the Oakland community."
Valentine is the all-time winningest player in Oakland history and serving as an assistant coach over the last two seasons, Oakland won 48 games and its first-ever Horizon League regular season championship. The Lansing, Mich., native was named 2017 Under Armour 30-under-30 Team presented by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) at the Final Four.
"Chicago is an amazing place to live and my fiancée Taylor and I are excited to be starting this new journey," said Valentine. "Another perk will be living in the same city as my brother Denzel who will be entering his second season with the Chicago Bulls."
In Valentine's first season on the bench, the Golden Grizzlies finished 23-12 and made their first-ever appearance in a postseason championship game, going 2-1 in the Vegas 16 Postseason tournament. This past season, Oakland won its last nine Horizon League games to capture its first-ever regular season title, making its first appearance in the NIT. The Golden Grizzlies came back from 20 points down in the second half at Clemson to advance to the NIT second round. Oakland picked up a pair of wins against Power-5 opponents for the first time in the same season.
Oakland will immediately begin a national search for Valentine's replacement.