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Milt Drewer (center with football) celebrates his team's upset win over Va. Tech in 1957.
Milt Drewer (center with football) celebrates his team's upset win over Va. Tech in 1957.
Milt Drewer: Coach, Leader and Friend
Updated: Friday 11/07/2012 (ET)
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Williamsburg, Va -- The William and Mary community recently mourned the passing of former coach and administrator, Milton "Milt" L. Drewer, Jr.

Milt, a native of Saxis, Va. (located on Virginia's Eastern Shore), served as William and Mary's Head Football Coach and Athletics Director from 1957 through 1963. In his seven years at the top of the program, the College recorded a 21-46-2 overall record.

A two-sport standout athlete (track and football) at Randolph-Macon College, Drewer got his start at W&M at the ripe age of just 34 years old, when he was named in the dual role of athletics director and football coach.    Prior to his arrival on campus, he spent assistant coaching stints at area high school programs and the University of Richmond.

In the book 100 Years of Tribe Football Drewer noted a 1957, 7-6, win at then unbeaten North Carolina State as one of his on field highlights.  Additionally, he hired a young Lou Holtz, an eventual collegiate coaching legend, as the team's only full-time assistant coach for the 1962 season. 

After completing his seven-year run at William and Mary, Drewer drew on his experiences as the Tribe's football coach to launch a very successful career in the banking industry. 

Again, quoting 100 Years of Tribe Football, "Coaching prepared me to be a successful banker," stated Drewer.  "First, I learned how to get along with people.  Second,  Organization, in football it is a must, in banking it is a major need.  Third, you develop leadership talents in football that you can use anywhere. Fourth, you learn to put forth an image ... one with confidence."

In a banking career that spanned decades, Drewer eventually retired as the CEO of the First American Bank of Virginia in 1990.  He was also very active in a broad range of civic positions, including serving as president of both Virginia State Chamber of Commerce and as a chairman for the state chapter of the American Cancer Society.

Along the way, he retained his ties to the College, as he served on the school's Board of Visitors from 1976 through 1984.  Additionally, his family remembered William and Mary Football Program by asking that gifts in his memory be made to the Tribe Club.  Those can be processed through the following website (by putting "Football in memory of Milt Drewer in the comment field): Click Here to Donate

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