CU’s McDermott agrees to extend contract with Bluejays
OMAHA (KMTV) — Creighton men’s basketball coach Greg McDermott has agreed to a multi-year contract extension with the Bluejays. The school has not announced the new terms of the agreement and since CU is a private school, it is under no obligation to do so.
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The Athletic Department released this Thursday:
McCormick Endowed Athletic Director Marcus Blossom has announced that Creighton Men’s Basketball Head Coach Greg McDermott has signed a new multi-year contract at Creighton.
“Greg McDermott is an excellent basketball coach who has led our men’s basketball program to great success since arriving in Omaha over a decade ago,” Blossom said. “His teams play hard for each other, are well-prepared and form a great community. It’s a culture that not only drives wins on the field, but resonates in Creighton and Omaha. We’ve become one of the best programs in the BIG EAST, a regular participant in the NCAA Tournament and I believe the best is yet to come. This contract represents a commitment on my part to retain and recruit talent, and to win championships. We are confident, under Greg’s leadership, that we will achieve our goals.”
McDermott led Creighton to a 276-137 record in 12 seasons at Creighton, ranking second in program history in wins. Seven of his Bluejay teams finished the year in the NCAA Tournament, with five of those clubs winning at least one game in the Big Dance and his 2020-21 team reaching the program’s first Sweet 16 since 1974.
“My family and I have called Omaha home for the past 12 years,” McDermott said. “During this time, we have been blessed to have created many wonderful memories and countless lifelong friendships. My long tenure at Creighton is the result of the hard work of the young men I have been blessed with. coaching, as well as the dedicated assistant coaches and staff who have worked alongside me during this time. I appreciate the support of Father Hendrickson, Marcus Blossom and the rest of the administrative team at Creighton. I look forward to working with them to create the best possible experience for our student-athletes, both on and off the field of play. While I’m proud of past accomplishments, I couldn’t be more excited to continue the upward trajectory of our program, in front of the absolute best supporters in the country.
Since joining in 2010, McDermott’s teams have 29 top-25 wins, nine top-25 road wins and 11 top-10 wins, totals that far exceed all previous Bluejay coaches in every category.
Eleven of McDermott’s 12 teams at CU have won 20 or more games, and Creighton joins Kansas, Gonzaga, Houston, Belmont and Oregon as one of six teams to win 20 or more games each of the last seven seasons.
In 2019-20, McDermott won five different Coach of the Year accolades after guiding a Creighton team that was chosen to finish seventh in the BIG EAST pre-season poll to a national No. 7 ranking in the year-end AP poll and a share of the BIG EAST regular season title. Creighton won a school-record six games against top-25 foes, including three top-10 triumphs, and also drew a record 311,651 fans to CHI Health Center Omaha.
Creighton’s 2021-22 squad ended its season Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 23-12 record. The Bluejays had one All-BIG EAST second-team pick, BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, and BIG EAST Freshman of the Year among three BIG EAST All-Freshman team selections.
Twenty-seven of the 28 seniors who completed eligibility in the previous eight years graduated with undergraduate degrees, 19 went on to play professionally and four went on to graduate school.
McDermott has also made an impact in the community, raising over $400,000 to support the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge in Omaha as part of the popular Creighton vs. Cancer Pink Out parties.