MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State men’s basketball coach Bruce Weber announced the promotions of Drew Speraw (pronounced SPEAR-awe) and Dustin Yoder on his coaching staff on Friday.
The program’s video coordinator for the past year, Speraw has been promoted to director of basketball operations, while Yoder takes his spot as video coordinator after spending the last year as a graduate assistant. Speraw replaces Brad Korn, who left to become an assistant coach at Missouri State earlier this summer.
“These are well deserved promotions for both Drew and Dustin,” said Weber. “I think staff continuity and chemistry is very important and both guys were critical to the success we had last season. Drew is a very hard-working and detailed-oriented person, which are important characteristics for a director of operations. I have a long history with Dustin dating back to his time as student manager for me at Illinois. He has grown a lot in the profession over the past few years and I felt it was a great opportunity for him to take another step in his career.”
Speraw and Yoder were both instrumental in helping Kansas State to one of its best men’s basketball seasons in 2012-13, as the Wildcats posted a 27-8 overall record and a 14-4 mark in league play en route to their first-ever Big 12 regular-season championship and a fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. The 27 wins were the second-most in school history, while the 14 in league play tied the school record held by the 1958-59 team. It was the 18th league championship in school history and the first since the 1976-77 season.
Speraw came to K-State in August 2012 after two-year stint at Iowa, where he worked first as a graduate manager (2010-11) and then as an administrative assistant (2011-12) for head coach Fran McCaffery. He also took on the added responsibility as the team’s video coordinator during the 2011-12 season after the departure of another staff member. In 2011-12, Speraw was part of a coaching staff that improved the Hawkeyes’ win total by seven from the previous season and helped the team earn its first postseason win since 2003. In all, he helped Iowa win 39 games in two years, including 18 victories and a trip to the second round of the NIT in 2011-12.
The son of former University of Central Florida head coach Kirk Speraw, he played for his father from 2005-10. A team captain as a senior, he played in 66 career games as a Golden Knight. He connected on 39 percent from 3-point range during his college career. The elder Speraw is currently an assistant coach at Iowa. He is the all-time winningest coach in UCF history with 279 victories to go with four NCAA Tournament appearances during his 17-year career from 1993-2010.
Speraw earned his bachelor’s degree in finance in the summer of 2009 from UCF. He also earned his master’s degree in sports and fitness with a concentration in sport leadership and coaching from UCF in 2010. He also earned his master’s degree in business administration from Iowa in 2012.
A native of Lakeland, Fla., Speraw, 27, has a wife, Jamie.
A former basketball manager for Weber at Illinois, Yoder, 26, came to K-State last August after serving an assistant coach at Parkland College in Champaign, Ill., during the 2011-12 season, where the Cobras posted a 19-13 overall record and advanced to the finals of the Region 24 Tournament. He helped coach a pair of All-Region 24 selections in first team pick Shaquille Lowery and second team honoree Jamel Johnson.
Prior to Parkland, Yoder spent three years (2008-11) as a manager for Weber at Illinois, including serving as head manager as a senior in 2010-11. He transferred to Illinois after playing point guard for two years (2006-08) at Lake Land College in Mattoon, Ill., first for Hall of Fame head coach Jim Dudley then for current coach Cedric Brown. He prepped at Okaw Valley High School in his hometown of Bethany, Ill., where he is the school’s all-time leading scorer (1,517 points). In all, he earned 15 varsity letters for the Timberwolves upon graduating in 2006.
Yoder earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Illinois in 2011.
Season tickets for the 2013-14 season are currently on sale through K-State Athletics Ticket Office and can be purchased a variety of ways, including toll free at (800) 221.CATS (2287), online at www.kstatesports.com/tickets and in-person at Bramlage Coliseum.
Kansas State – Named Drew Speraw director of men’s basketball operations and Dustin Yoder video coordinator.