Thomas More Basketball Coach Steps Down to Take Kentucky Wesleyan Job

After leading Thomas More's men's basketball team to back-to-back Presidents' Athletic Conference regular season titles, and the 2018 PAC tournament championship, head coach Drew Cooper is moving on.

Thomas More announced Friday that Cooper resigned his post in Crestview Hills to take over NCAA Division II powerhouse Kentucky Wesleyan in Owensboro.

“The last five years have been my pleasure,” said Cooper, in a news release. “To be able to coach the quality of kid that I’ve coached here at Thomas More, and to be around some of the professionals I have, it has been a time of my life I’ll never forget. To say I’m grateful for the opportunity that President David Armstrong and Director of Athletics Terry Connor have given me here would be an understatement. I’m very proud of what we’ve done on the floor, but to see each student-athlete grow, evolve, and mature as an individual has been what I’ll remember most.”

Cooper had a 94-46 record in five seasons leading the Saints and leaves Crestview Hills with the third most wins in the 65-year history of the program. The program advanced to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament in 2017 and 2018. Cooper earned PAC Coach of the Year honors twice and also had a student-athlete named PAC Player of the Year in 2018.

“We would like to thank Drew for his five years at Thomas More and elevating the program where it is today as it is coming off two-straight PAC Championships and back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament,” said TMC athletic Terry Connor. “We wish him and his family all the best as he works to build a program that Kentucky Wesleyan will be proud of just like he did here at Thomas More.”

-Staff report

Photo: Drew Cooper (provided)