Just one day after announcing the departure of its men’s basketball head coach, Valparaiso University has named a replacement. The university has promoted Matt Lottich to lead the team.
Lottich has been a member of the Valpo coaching staff for the last three years. He succeeds Bryce Drew, who left the team to take the head coach job at Vanderbilt University. Lottich is the program’s fifth head coach in 36 years.
"It is with great excitement and privilege that I take on the responsibility of being named the next head basketball coach at Valparaiso University," said Lottich. "I understand the rich history of success this program has enjoyed, from “The World’s Tallest Team” in 1944, to the great Gene Bartow coached teams in the late 1960s, to the championship years of Homer Drew and most recently the unprecedented success of Bryce Drew."
During Lottich’s tenure as an assistant coach, the team has won two Horizon League regular season championships and one league tournament. He also has nearly 10 years of professional playing experience.
"This program is excellent, and as I begin as head coach I want to honor the success of the past but at the same time push forward into the future," said Lottich. "It is my job to create an environment that allows our basketball players to excel academically, athletically and socially. I will lead our team to use the gifts that God has given them to represent our University and our community to the utmost and continue the championship tradition that is Valparaiso University."