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Four-time D-II champion head coach Ben McCollum hired at Drake

Drake announced on Monday the hiring of Ben McCollum as the Bulldogs’ new head men’s basketball coach. McCollum has won four NCAA D-II National Championships and twelve MIAA titles over the last fifteen seasons at alma mater Northwest Missouri State, compiling an overall record of 394-91.

“We are thrilled to add Ben and his family to Drake and the Des Moines community,” AD Brian Hardin said. “Ben understands what it takes to achieve sustained excellence. While his incomparable record of success in competition stands out, in talking with people who know Ben, the positive impact he has on the lives of his student-athletes has left a more indelible mark. We welcome Ben to Des Moines’ Hometown Team and cannot wait for what we will accomplish together.”

McCollum, who turns 43 later this month, is an Iowa-native who has been mentioned for dozens of jobs every cycle but had yet to make the move until now, with a job in his home state. He has built an absolute powerhouse in Mayville, winning 30+ games five times including an unbelievable 38-0 campaign in 2018-19.

“I am honored to be a part of the Drake basketball family,” McCollum said. “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 with the support of the great Des Moines community. I would also like to thank President Martin and Athletics Director Brian Hardin for allowing me the opportunity to continue the success at Drake.”

McCollum takes over for Darian DeVries, who took the West Virginia job last month after an incredible six-year tenure that included three NCAA Tournament appearances and an overall .735 winning percentage. The Bulldogs went dancing in 2024 as part of a 28-7 season.


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