Drew Accorded NABC Guardians of the Game Award for Leadership

Drew given NABC Guardians of the Game Award for Leadership
Photo credit: Julio Cortez – Associated Press

Widely adored Baylor Men’s Basketball head coach Scott Drew adds to his endless list of accolades as he was just awarded the NABC Guardians of the Game Award for Leadership! The NABC Guardians of the Game Award for Leadership are appointed to members who personify the organization’s five core values of leadership, service, education, advocacy and inclusion. The National Champion, 2x Big 12 Champion, 3x (consecutive might I add) Big 12 Coach of the Year Drew led what we now know to be the greatest rebuilding story in the history of college basketball (or even sports in general)—taking a broken and battered basketball team 21 years ago and turning the program into one of the most elite in the country. In addition to the national title in 2021, Drew has led Baylor to 10 NCAA Tournament appearances, five Sweet 16 berths and three trips to the Elite Eight. Additionally, the program achieved its first No. 1 national ranking, a Big 12 Conference-record 23-game winning streak, two five-week streaks at No. 1, and an entire season ranked in the nation’s top-3 in 2021.” During his time at Baylor thus far, Drew’s notched a 464-251 record with 13 postseason bids and at least 18 or more victories in each season since 2008. Prior to Drew’s tenure, Baylor had only appeared in four NCAA tournaments with rankings in only two of 2,197 match ups over the prior 97 seasons. According to Baylor Athletics, “The 2023-24 Bears have won 20-plus games for the 15th time in the last 17 years and double-digit Big 12 games for the sixth-straight season and ninth time in the last 10 years. In the 97 seasons prior to Drew, BU had just eight seasons with double-digit conference wins and three seasons with 20+ wins.”

“It’s a great privilege to be named a Guardian of the Game,” Drew said. “Basketball has meant so much to my family and so many others, so it has been a true joy to be able to pass along that love for the game to the next generation and beyond. God has given us a great platform to be leaders at our institutions and across the nation though the game of basketball, so to receive this honor alongside some great coaches and contributors is a true blessing and honor.”