Faculty & Staff
College/University Attended: Ohio University
Degree: B.A., Business Economics
Coaching: Head Boys Basketball Coach
Coach Dru Joyce was born in East Liverpool, Ohio and graduated from East Liverpool High School in 1973. He received his degree from Ohio University in 1978. Upon graduation, Coach Dru began a career as a Sales Representative for Hunt-Wesson Foods. After 25 years of dedicated service and varying degrees of responsibility he left corporate America to follow his dream of coaching. He was named Head Boys Basketball Coach in 2001 and has coached the Fighting Irish to five State Championships. Coach Dru has written a book entitled "Beyond Championships: A Playbook For Winning At Life," which documents the life principles he has used to help boys grow into men. Coach is married with four adult children and seven grandchildren. He has two children who are alumni: Dru VM03 and Cameron VM07.
"Coaching to me is a sacred responsibility. I get pour my life into the lives of the boys at a very impactful age. I am very thankful for all the support I've been given from my players families and the STVM family".
Head Coach Dru Joyce enters his 21st year at STVM as the Head Coach for the STVM Boys Varsity Basketball team. Coach Joyce brings 23 years of coaching experience to the Fighting Irish Boys Basketball program. Coach Dru has led the Fighting Irish to ten State Championship appearances in 2002, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 (DI) and 2021, taking home six OHSAA State Championship Titles in 2003, 2009, 2011, 2017, 2018 and 2021, and one National Title in 2003. His career record at STVM is 418-115. Our boys program holds the OHSAA record for most Boys Basketball State Championships; 9 in 1984, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2009, 2011, 2017, 2018 and 2021. Coach Joyce comments, “This year’s team should be fun to watch. We have a very talented group of guys who love playing together.”