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Drew hires new assistant

Sept. 4, 2003

By Jacob Ford, reporter

Baylor men's basketball head Coach Scott Drew announced the hiring of assistant coach Mark Morefield on Tuesday.

Drew and Morefield are reunited after spending four years together as assistant coaches at Valparaiso University in Indiana. Last year Drew took the head coaching position at Valpo, while Morefield remained the assistant coach.

'Mark has been part of our program at Valpo for the last nine years,' Drew said. 'During that time he has matured into one of the top young recruiters in the nation.'

Morefield will be the Bears' assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.

His responsibilities include working with the offense, supervising individual workouts and scouting.

Proven track record

Drew and Morefield have coached together for five years at Valparaiso. The experienced duo has created some of the best recruiting classes in the nation.

While at Valparaiso, Morefield and Drew produced the nation's sixth-best recruiting class in 2001. In 1999, their recruiting class was 13th, and in 2003 they were 19th, according to Hoop Scoop magazine.

'In the future he will help bring some very exciting players to Baylor University,' Drew said.

Morefield may be a recruiting specialist, but his work on the court should not go unnoticed.

During the 1998-99 and 2001-02 seasons at Valparaiso, he coached the Crusaders to victory in the Mid-Continent Conference regular season championships and tournament championships.

As an assistant coach, Morefield also led the team to three NCAA tournaments and one NIT in five years.

From Valpo to Baylor

Before Morefield worked as an assistant coach at Valpo, he served as the team's administrative assistant coach in 1998-99 and as a student assistant in 1996-97 and 1997-98. As a student at Valparaiso, Morefield worked as a team manager during his freshman and sophomore years.

Morefield served as an assistant basketball coach for Athletes in Action. AIA is a ministry that evangelizes through sports and competition all over the world.

In the summer of 1999, Morefield traveled to Poland and Croatia on his AIA team, and in 2001 his team played on the Ivory Coast of Africa.

His teams included some of the nation's top players such as Milo Stovall of Valpo, Dan Dickau of Gonzaga University, Ryan Sears of Creighton University and Billy Knight of the University of California at Los Angeles.

While Morefield worked as a student assistant coach for Valpo in 1997-98, he also coached the freshman basketball team and assisted the varsity team at Michigan City High School in Indiana.

Morefield coached at basketball camps at the University of Michigan and the University of Notre Dame while serving as the director of Valparaiso's boys basketball camps.

Morefield graduated from Valparaiso in 1998 with a bachelor of arts degree and a concentration in sports marketing.