New Lipscomb basketball coach decides to bring along his old staff

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 11:17pm

Casey Alexander’s coaching staff has stayed intact.

The trio of assistants will just be working for a different school.

Alexander, Lipscomb’s new men’s basketball coach, announced his coaching staff on Wednesday night. It is the same one he had at Stetson, where he spent the last two years.

Roger Idstrom, Steve Drabyn and Dwight Evans will resume the same roles they had last year – just for a different team in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

“I’m ecstatic that all three of these guys will be joining us at Lipscomb,” Alexander said. “Transitions are always difficult, yet having our entire staff on board will help us make quick progress. Continuity within the staff is a vital ingredient for sustained success and we are a like-minded group that works well together.”

Idstrom and Drabyn both have ties to Belmont, where Alexander was a standout point guard before spending 16 years as an assistant for Rick Byrd.

Idstrom, who will serve as the associate head coach, worked alongside Alexander at Belmont for 11 years. He then moved to Stetson and was a candidate to replace Alexander. The school instead hired former Florida State assistant Corey Williams last month.

Idstrom also has coached at UNC-Asheville, Montreat, Wabash Valley College and Gardner-Webb.

Drabyn also spent the last two years at Stetson and has made stops at Division II schools Sewanee and Lees-McRae. He scored 1,237 points while at Belmont from 2000-04. He also led the NCAA with a 95.2 free-throw shooting percentage (78-of-82) as a junior. At Stetson, he oversaw the team’s strength and conditioning program.

Evans brings more than 25 years of college coaching experience. His stops include Missouri, Central Florida, South Alabama, South Carolina State and Florida International. Evans also helped coach his alma mater, Birmingham Southern, to the NAIA national championship in 1995. He coached the post players at Stetson.

While at Stetson, the quartet helped increase the Hatters win total. In 2011-12, they went just 9-20 and finished eighth out of 10 teams in the A-Sun. This past winter, they placed third in the league, went 15-16 overall and reached the semifinals of the league tournament before losing to eventual tourney champ FGCU.

“These guys will represent Lipscomb well in everything they do and our players will be better men because of the leadership these coaches will provide,” Alexander said. “We will tweak some roles, but for the most part we will pick up where we left off at Stetson.”