Drew discovered competitive running as an adult, after years spent playing soccer at the club and collegiate levels.
While teaching high school Spanish, Drew became a cross country and distance coach at Chadwick School in Palos Verdes, CA, and later Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma,WA. He guided teams and individuals to championship performances on the league, state and national levels in California and Washington, with many of those athletes continuing to compete in the NCAA.
In 2008 Drew transitioned into collegiate coaching at Oregon State University, and later became the cross country and distance coach—and eventually the program director— at the University of California, Davis. At UC Davis, Drew produced the program’s first NCAA Division I team and individual conference champions while also making numerous appearances with individuals at the national championships. Athletes under Drew's guidance earned All-American honors on the track and in cross country, and numerous runners went on to compete at the professional level. During his time in Davis, Drew was recognized twice as the Big West Coach of the Year for cross country and three times for the sport of track & field.
After coaching Kim Conley to a spot on the US Olympic 5000m team in 2012, Drew launched a post-collegiate training group—the NorCal Distance Project—in 2014. Over the ensuing four years members of the team won national titles from the 800m to the half marathon, qualified for World Championship teams, and in 2016 teammates Kim Conley and Kate Grace qualified for the US Olympic Team.
Drew began private online coaching in 2021 and has developed athletes across a variety of backgrounds and event ranges. He continues to introduce high school athletes to the fundamentals of training and race strategy while also helping adults reach new levels of performance--whether it's qualifying for Boston for the first time or setting a PR as a master.
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