Weber Names Speraw, Yoder To Coaching Staff
Aug. 11, 2012
SAO PAULO, Brazil – K-State men’s basketball coach Bruce Weber announced the hiring of Drew Speraw (pronounced SPEAR-awe) and Dustin Yoder to his coaching staff on Saturday.
A former administrative assistant at Iowa, Speraw will be the program’s video coordinator, while Yoder, a former basketball manager at Illinois under Weber, will join Eric Rodriguez as a graduate assistant.
Speraw and Yoder are the sixth and seventh members of Weber’s coaching staff at K-State, which includes assistant coaches Chris Lowery, Alvin Brooks III and Chester Frazier, director of operations Brad Korn and strength coach Jimmy Price. Rodriguez is in his second year as a graduate assistant for the Wildcats.
“I’m excited to welcome Drew and Dustin to the staff,” said Weber. “Drew comes highly-recommended from Fran McCaffery after having worked as a graduate assistant at Iowa the past two years. He’s a quality young man, who is the son of coach (Kirk Speraw), and a great addition to our staff. Dustin did a great job for me as a manager for three years at Illinois and has the added experience of working as an assistant coach at the community college level the past year.”
Speraw arrives at K-State after spending the past two years at Iowa as first, 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 attended Oviedo High School in Orlando, where he was two-year basketball lettermen, helping the Lions to a 24-5 overall record as a senior en route to the Florida Class 6A Elite Eight. He was also a two-year letterman in football, serving as the school’s starting quarterback in 2004.
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, 26, has a wife, Jamie.
Yoder, 25, comes to K-State after serving an assistant coach at Parkland College in Champaign, Ill., during the 2011-12 season. This past season, 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.