by Drury Athletics
Drury University is pleased to announce that men’s basketball head coach Steve Hesser has agreed to adjustments that will enhance his current contract that runs through the 2020-21 season.
“I’m excited we were able to make these adjustments for Steve Hesser,” said Drury Vice President & Director of Athletics Corey Bray. “Coach Hesser has put together an impressive body of work during his time at Drury including winning a national championship, and it was thrilling to follow his team through the second half of this season as they put together a run that returned them to the national tournament.”
Coach Hesser became Drury’s all-time leader in career coaching wins on Feb. 16 when he passed the legendary A.L. Weiser for his 317th collegiate victory following his team’s 63-53 win at Missouri S&T. Hesser is 323-126 (.719) in 15 seasons at Drury and ranks 11th among active coaches at the NCAA-II in winning percentage. Last season, he led his team to a 21-12 record, their second straight appearance in the NCAA-II tournament, and a trip to the Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament championship game.
“I have always been thankful to have the opportunity to coach at Drury,” said Hesser. “This is a special place with an excellent tradition, a great facility, and tremendous support from fans and boosters. I’m looking forward to continuing to teach and work with student-athletes that are committed to being successful on the court, in the classroom, and after they’ve graduated from Drury University.”
Hesser has taken Drury to 10 NCAA-II tournaments in his 15 years as head coach, has won two regional titles, and the 2013 NCAA-II national championship. He has guided the program to three Great Lakes Valley Conference championships, and a 191-75 record within conference play. Hesser’s teams have traditionally tough at home having posted a 197-30 mark on the DU campus, and a 118-17 record at the O’Reilly Family Event Center since it opened in 2010.
He was named the National Coach of the Year in NCAA-II by the National Association of Basketball Coaches in 2013 and was the NABC Midwest Region Coach of the Year in 2014. Hesser was inducted into the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2014 and is also a member of the Bartlesville (Okla.) Area Sports Hall of Fame as well as the Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He won more than 350 games as a head coach at the high school level and captured three Class 6A state championships at Bartlesville High School in Oklahoma.