Drew, David (Dusty) (1999)
Updated: Aug 15
“Dusty” Drew had the great good fortune to play baseball at Standish High School in the 1950's under the tutelage of the legendary “Rupe” Johnson (HoF 74). Thus was born his strong love for the game -- a characteristic noted by all his nominators.
A serious eye injury brought a close to his playing career, but lead him to embrace coaching where he ‘’touched the lives of many young people.
From 1960-1972, he coached at many levels — youth programs, Babe Ruth, American Legion, junior and senior high school. He also benefitted from a two-year stint as assistant to the noted Archie Alien at Springfield College. He acquired his bachelor’s degree from Springfield and a M.Ed. from Boston University in 1971.
In 1972, “Dusty” came to the University of Southern Maine as a teacher, athletic trainer and coach. As baseball coach from 1973-85, he enjoyed a 206-143 record and won NAIA District 5 Championships in 1977,’78,’82,’83 and ’85. The 1985 Huskies added the Area 8 title to its accomplishments and became the first Maine team to participate in the NAIA College World Series. Although the trip to Lewiston, Idaho did not produce any more titles, the road was paved for future success. Ed Flaherty (HOF 92) was bequeathed a solid nucleus to build upon.
“Dusty”, who won several NAIA District Coach of the Year awards and served as chairman of the NAIA Baseball Committee for over 5 years, retired from coaching at the conclusion of the 1985 season. He Is presently supervising the USM Coaching Certificate Program. He directs the course offerings of the Athletic Department and coordinates equipment and management services of the Department.
He has been applauded for his “fairness and promotion of the enjoyment of the game”. “He made people want to play baseball. it was Dusty’s way with people that left an impression.” — Al Bean, USM A.D.
“Dusty” is married, has a son and two grandchildren.