Drew Cooper, who is the ninth head men's basketball coach at Thomas More College, begins his fifth season in Crestview Hills.
Thomas More finished the 2016-17 season with a 22-7 record, including a 15-3 mark in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) to tie for the regular season title. Cooper led the Saints to their third PAC Championship Tournament title game during his tenure and defeated Saint Vincent College for the program's second-ever PAC Championship Title (2009) and advance to the team's second-ever NCAA Division III Championship Tournament (2009). It was also the first time in program history that the team eclipsed the 20-win mark and advanced to the NCAA Touranment in the same season. Cooper was named PAC Coach of the Year, while Damion King was named first team All-PAC and Simon Clifford was named to the second team.
The Saints finished the 2015-16 season with a 17-11 record. Within PAC play, Cooper led his team to a 12-6 record and an appearance in the PAC tournament championship game. This was Cooper’s second appearance in the PAC title game during his three years at Thomas More. The season’s out-of-conference schedule consisted of a match-up with NCAA Division I Eastern Kentucky University. Daniel Williams and Simon Clifford were named members of the All-PAC Second Team.
During his second season at Thomas More, Cooper led the Saints to a 17-10 overall record, including an 11-5 mark in the PAC. The Saints advanced to the PAC tournament semifinal game.
Cooper’s first season at the helm of the Thomas More men’s basketball program was the 2013-14 season. The Saints battled a drastically improved out-of-conference schedule during the first portion of the season. After the New Year, Cooper guided the Saints to a 13-4 record while advancing to the PAC tournament championship game. The Saints finished the season with a record of 15-12 record, including a 12-4 mark in the PAC.
Cooper came to Thomas More from Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY where he was the assistant men’s basketball coach from 2007 to 2013. During his six seasons as lead assistant at Bellarmine, he helped the Knights to a record of 152-41. Four out of his final five seasons at Bellarmine entailed an appearance in the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen, including a Final Four appearance in 2012, and Bellarmine's first National Championship in school history in 2011.
While at Bellarmine, Cooper coached under Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Scott Davenport. There, Cooper was an integral part of the recruiting process of eight members of the All-Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Team (seven first team). Three of these eight were at one point during their career named GLVC Player of the Year and subsequently received NCAA Division II All-American accolades.
Prior to Bellarmine, Cooper was the first-named head coach of the men’s basketball program at NCAA Division III Wheelock College (MA). From 2006 until arriving at Bellarmine in 2007, he spent one full year recruiting, scheduling, and performing all duties necessary to start up Wheelock’s program for its inaugural season.
Cooper spent two seasons as the lead assistant at NCAA Division III Babson College (MA). During his time there, Babson became the 2004 New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament Champions and advanced in the NCAA Tournament. Each recruiting class during Coopers’ time at Babson would consist of an eventual member of the All-NEWMAC First Team.
Cooper’s first two years in the coaching profession were spent as a graduate assistant coach at Northern Kentucky University (2002-03) and as a volunteer assistant coach at Bellarmine University (2001-02).
As a player, Cooper was a standout at NCAA Division II Assumption College (MA). Cooper played for four years at Assumption under legendary coach Serge DeBari. DeBari is a member of the Assumption College, New England Basketball, and Sons of Italy Hall of Fames. While at Assumption, Cooper scored 2,001 points and was a two-time NABC Honorable Mention All-American. While Cooper was a junior at Assumption, they won the 1998 Northeast-10 Conference Tournament Championship and advanced in the NCAA Division II tournament to become Northeast Regional semifinalists. This highlighted a remarkable turnaround within the program as Assumption went a combined 1-52 during the two seasons prior to Cooper’s (and DeBari’s) arrival at Assumption. A three time first team All-Northeast-10 conference selection, Cooper was inducted into the Assumption Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 23, 2010. Cooper went on to play professionally after his college graduation in the International Basketball Association, Ireland and Germany.
A Louisville native and graduate of St. Xavier High School, Cooper earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Assumption College in 1999. In 2010, he received his Master of Business Administration degree from Bellarmine University. Cooper currently resides in Louisville with his wife Tamara, daughter Delaney (10), stepson Chandler (18) and twin boys, Grant and Owen (4).