Drake Bulldogs men's basketball appoints Ben McCollum as new coach

On Monday, Drake Bulldogs a basketball team in the NCAA division appoints Ben McCollum as coach. His appointments come due to his successful record.

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On Monday, Drake Bulldogs men's basketball team which plays in the NCAA division appoints Ben McCollum as coach. His appointments come due to his successful record. Drake Bulldogs appoints him to continue their momentum in Division II Northwest Missouri State. While Drake Bulldogs Darian DeVries joins West Virginia. Darian DeVries has won three NCAA Tournaments in the last four years.

“We have seen the transition Drake basketball has made over the past few seasons to become one of the most successful mid-majors in that span. My family and I are very excited to continue that tradition,” McCollum said in a statement. (Source: News18)

Ben McCollum is now 42 years of age and grew up in Storm Lake, Lowa. He played junior college before joining Northwest Missouri State. After retirement he took coaching. Before joining Bearcats in 2009 he was a coach at Emporia State for four years.

“I’m not the self-promoting type - Ben McCollum

As a coach of Northwest Missouri State Ben McCollum, he won four national titles in Division II. He has also won eight conference titles in 11 appearances in national tournaments.

“I’m not the self-promoting type. It’s just not what I do,” McCollum told The Associated Press after Northwest Missouri State won its most recent title in 2022. “I’m not constantly out there searching for the next place to go. If that place comes to find me and it’s a match, that’s probably how it will end up happening. If I do leave at some point. (Source: News18)

Keno Davis led the Bulldogs to the NCAA Tournament in 2008 before being hired by Providence; Niko Medved led them to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament in 2018 before leaving for Colorado State; and DeVries had six straight 20-win seasons while leading the Bulldogs to four Missouri Valley Conference Tournament titles and two championships.  

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