Coaching Staff


Aug 9, 2007 - Buford, now play in the NBA. Last year .... Western State University - M.B.A., 1981. • Eastern New ... with his bachelor's degree in the same field.

Coaching Staff

2005-06 Creighton Men’s Basketball

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After leading Creighton to a league-record seven straight seasons with 20 or more wins, Dana Altman enters his 12th year with the Bluejays with a 218-120 record. The dean of the Missouri Valley Conference, he’ll enter 2005-06 needing just eight wins to move into third place on the coaching victories list in the 98-year history of The Valley, trailing only Hall of Fame coaches Henry Iba and Eddie Hickey. Altman owns a 301-187 career record in 16 years at the Division I level and is 424-211 in 20 years overall as a head coach. Altman has guided CU to an increase in victories in eight of the past 10 years while firmly establishing the Bluejay program on the national scale. Since coming to Creighton, his athletes have earned three All-American honors on the court and three other Academic All-America laurels in the classroom. Two players he coached at Creighton, Kyle Korver and Rodney Buford, now play in the NBA. Last year Altman helped guide a young team back to the Big Dance, winning the State Farm MVC Tournament for the fifth time in seven seasons. The Jays won eight straight games down the stretch before losing a 63-61 nailbiter to eventual Elite Eight qualifier West Virginia in the first round of the NCAA’s. In 2003-04, Creighton started 12-0 (the school’s best start since 1942-43) and returned to the top 25 for the second straight year. The accomplishments earned Altman the collegeinsider.com Jim Phelan Mid-Season Coach of the Year award, the latest in a long line of honors. He now owns regional, district, conference or national coach of the year honors in 10 of his 20 years as a head coach. The 2003-04 season also saw Creighton move into the $291 million Qwest Center OMAHA™ in downtown Omaha. The Jays averaged 12,016 fans per game in ‘03-04 and have ranked 29th nationally in attendance each of the last two years. A two-time MVC Coach of the Year (2001 and 2002), Altman was a finalist for the prestigious Naismith National Coach of the Year and named the NABC District 12 and USBWA District VI Coach of the Year in 2002-03. Altman led that 2002-03 squad to a schoolrecord 29 wins during a year that most consider among the best in Bluejay history. He became the school’s all-time winningest coach on Jan. 29, 2003 with his 164th win over Indiana State, passing Arthur A. Schabinger. In December 2002, Altman directed the Bluejays into the top 25 for the first time since

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1975, climbing as high as ninth in the coaches poll and 10th in the Associated Press poll. The Jays remained in the poll for the final 15 weeks of the season, finishing the season 15th in the AP poll and 23rd in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. Altman has led Creighton to eight straight postseason berths, including six NCAA Tournaments. Along the way, the Jays have established new school records for victories in a two-year (52), three-year (76) and four-year span (99). Creighton is one of just 12 schools to win 20 or more games each of the last seven years, an elite list that includes Arizona, Connecticut, Creighton, Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Kansas, Kent State, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Syracuse. Creighton’s time in the spotlight in recent years is nothing new, but rather the culmination of continued growth in the program. Altman’s 2001-02 team won a share of its second straight MVC title for the first time in 60 years, won the MVC Tournament and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a double-overtime victory over No. 15 Florida. In the process, he coached an honorable-mention All-American and the league’s Player of the Year, Sixth Man of the Year, and members of the Valley’s MostImproved and All-Bench teams. His 2000-01 squad tied CU’s then-school record for wins in a season (24-8) and won its first Valley regular season title since 1990-91, while the 1999-00 team won its first nine games on its way to an overall record of 23-10. In 1998-99, Altman earned National Association of Basketball Coaches District 12 Coach of the Year honors after CU went 22-9 and made the second round of the NCAA Tournament. That year, Altman joined Creighton’s Eddie Hickey and Wichita State’s Gene Smithson as the only coaches in MVC history to have led their teams to improved winning percentages in five straight seasons. Altman became the 14th head coach in Creighton history following the 1993-94 season after four successful years as the head coach

The Dana Altman File Personal • Wife - Reva • Children - Jordan (21), Chase (19), Spencer (17) and Audra (13) • Date of Birth - June 16, 1958 • Hometown - Wilber, Neb.

Collegiate Coaching Honors Creighton University • 2004 Collegeinsider.com Jim Phelan Mid-Season Coach of the Year • 2003 Naismith National Coach of the Year Finalist • 2003 NABC District 12 Coach of the Year • 2003 USBWA District VI Coach of the Year • 2002 Rawlings MVC Coach of the Year • 2001 Rawlings MVC Coach of the Year • 1999 NABC District 12 Coach of the Year Kansas State University • 1993 Big Eight Conference Coach of the Year Marshall University • 1990 Southern Conference Coach of the Year Moberly (Mo.) Junior College • 1986 Region 16 Coach of the Year • 1986 Finalist, NJCAA Coach of the Year • 1985 Region 16 Coach of the Year Southeast (Neb.) Junior College • 1983 Neb. State College Coach of the Year • 1983 Region 9 Coach of the Year

Collegiate Playing Experience • Eastern New Mexico - 1978-80, Guard • Southeast Junior College - 1976-78, Guard

College Education • Western State University - M.B.A., 1981 • Eastern New Mexico - B.A., Business, 1980 • Southeast J.C. - A.A., Business, 1978

at Kansas State. Hired March 31, 1994, Altman inherited a team that posted a 7-22 ledger the year before his arrival and led the Bluejays to a slightly improved 7-19 record in 1994-95 before his 1995-96 squad jumped to 14-15. In 1996-97, Altman’s team was 15-15 and followed with another substantial jump to 18-10 and a bid to the NIT in 1997-98.

2005-06 Creighton Men’s Basketball

But making his teams better is nothing new for the 47-year-old Altman. In his 16 seasons as an NCAA Division I head coach, Altman has led his teams to either an improved overall winning percentage or victory total 14 times. Altman arrived at Creighton after compiling a 68-54 record in four seasons (1990-94) at Kansas State University. During that time, Altman led the Wildcats to three straight postseason tourneys and was named the Big Eight Conference Coach of the Year after leading KSU to a 19-11 record and an appearance at the NCAA Tournament in 1993. Altman’s final Kansas State club turned heads nationally with a 68-64 win at No. 1 Kansas on Jan. 17, 1994. The Wildcats have lost 30 consecutive games to their in-state rival since Altman’s conquest of the rival Jayhawks. That team eventually advanced to New York City while playing in the Final Four of the NIT. Altman’s success at KSU followed him from his initial head coaching job at Southeast Junior College in Fairbury, Neb. His first team (1982-83) rolled to a 29-6 record and a thirdplace finish in the junior college national tournament and Altman was honored as both Region 9 and the Nebraska College Coach of the Year. In 1983, Altman accepted the head coaching position at Moberly (Mo.) Junior College, where his marvelous three-year run resulted in a staggering 94-18 record (25-9 in 1983-84; 35-5 with a third-place finish at the national tourney in 1984-85; and a 34-4 mark in 198586 with a sixth-place finish at nationals). The Region 16 Coach of the Year during both the 1984-85 and 1985-86 seasons, Coach Altman was also a finalist for 1986 National Junior College Athletic Association Coach of the Year accolades. Altman’s playing career began at Southeast Junior College in 1976. As a guard, Altman helped his team go 22-10 as a freshman and 26-5 as a sophomore, when he also captained the club. Altman then completed his undergraduate education and playing career at Eastern New Mexico University. After earning his associate degree in business administration from Southeast in 1978, Altman graduated magna cum laude from Eastern New Mexico in 1980 with his bachelor’s degree in the same field. Altman received his master of business administration degree from Western (Colo.) State in 1981. There, he served as an assistant coach on the Western State staff from 1980-82. At Wilber (Neb.) High School, Altman was a two-sport letterman, earning all-conference honors as a quarterback on the football team and as a guard in basketball. Altman was born June 16, 1958, in Crete, Neb. He and his wife, the former Reva Phillips of Stanton, Neb., have been married 22 years and have three sons, Jordan (21), Chase (19) and Spencer (17), and one daughter, Audra (13).

The Altman family, clockwise from top left: Chase, Audra, Jordan, Spencer, Reva and Dana.

Dana Altman’s Year-by-Year Coaching Ledger SEASON SCHOOL 2004-05 Creighton University 2003-04 Creighton University 2002-03 Creighton University 2001-02 Creighton University 2000-01 Creighton University 1999-00 Creighton University 1998-99 Creighton University 1997-98 Creighton University 1996-97 Creighton University 1995-96 Creighton University 1994-95 Creighton University 1994-Pres. Creighton totals (11 seasons) 1993-94 Kansas State University 1992-93 Kansas State University 1991-92 Kansas State University 1990-91 Kansas State University 1990-94 Kansas State totals (Four seasons) 1989-90 Marshall University 1989-90 Marshall total (One season) 1988-89 Kansas State University (assistant coach) 1987-88 Kansas State University (assistant coach) 1986-87 Kansas State University (assistant coach) 1985-86 Moberly Junior College (Moberly, Mo.) 1984-85 Moberly Junior College (Moberly, Mo.) 1983-84 Moberly Junior College (Moberly, Mo.) 1983-86 Moberly JC totals (Three seasons) 1982-83 Southeast Junior College (Fairbury, Neb.) 1982-83 Southeast JC total (One season) 16-year Division I record as a head coach Four-year junior college record as a head coach 20-year record as a head coach

RECORD 23-11 20-9 29-5 23-9 24-8 23-10 22-9 18-10 15-15 14-15 7-19 218-120 20-14 19-11 16-14 13-15 68-54 15-13 15-13 19-11 25-9 20-11 34-4 35-5 25-9 94-18 29-6 29-6 301-187 123-24 424-211

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PCT. .676 .690 .853 .719 .750 .697 .710 .643 .500 .483 .269 .645 .588 .633 .533 .464 .557 .536 .536 .633 .735 .645 .895 .875 .735 .839 .829 .829 .617 .837 .668

POSTSEASON NCAA Tournament NIT NCAA Tournament NCAA Tournament NCAA Tournament NCAA Tournament NCAA Tournament NIT

6 NCAA’s, 2 NIT’s NIT NCAA Tournament NIT 1 NCAA, 2 NIT’s

NCAA Tournament NCAA Tournament NCAA Tournament NJCAA Tournament NJCAA Tournament 2 NJCAA’s NJCAA Tournament 1 NJCAA 7 NCAA’s, 4 NIT’s 3 NJCAA’s 14 postseason bids

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Dana Altman’s Career Record vs. All Opponents Conference* Atlantic Coast Maryland Virginia Virginia Tech

CU KSU 0-1 — 0-1 — — — — —

MU 1-1 — 0-1 1-0

Atlantic Sun East Tennessee State Florida Atlantic

1-2 0-2 1-0

1-0 — 1-0

— — —

0-2 0-2 —

Atlantic 10 La Salle Saint Bonaventure Saint Louis Temple Xavier

5-4 2-0 1-0 0-1 1-1 1-2

2-3 — 1-0 0-1 — 1-2

3-1 2-0 –– — 1-1 —

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Big East Louisville Marquette Notre Dame Providence West Virginia

3-6 1-0 0-3 1-1 1-0 0-2

3-4 1-0 0-3 1-0 1-0 0-1

0-1 — — 0-1 — —

0-1 — — — — 0-1

Big Sky Sacramento State

2-0 2-0

2-0 2-0

— —

— —

Big South High Point Virginia Military Institute

2-1 1-0 1-1

1-0 1-0 —

–– — —

1-1 — 1-1

Big 10 Illinois Iowa Minnesota Ohio State

3-3 0-1 2-1 0-1 1-0

3-3 0-1 2-1 0-1 1-0

— — — — —

— — — — —

11-8 23-41 2-0 — — 5-3 0-1 3-5 — 2-8 1-1 2-7 7-5 3-6 — 5-3 1-1 1-9 — 2-0

1-0 — — — — — — — — 1-0

Big 12 Baylor Colorado Iowa State Kansas Missouri Nebraska Oklahoma Oklahoma State Texas A&M

35-49 2-0 5-3 3-6 2-8 3-8 10-11 5-3 2-10 3-0

Conference* Mid-American Akron Central Michigan Kent State Ohio Toledo

Overall 2-5 1-0 0-1 0-2 1-1 0-1

Mid-Continent Centenary IUPUI Oral Roberts Southern Utah UMKC Western Illinois

18-2 1-0 1-0 2-1 2-0 10-1 2-0

11-2 1-0 1-0 2-1 1-0 4-1 2-0

7-0 — — — 1-0 6-0 —

— — — — — — —

Mid-Eastern Athletic Bethune-Cookman Coppin State Delaware State Florida A&M Morgan State North Carolina A&T

11-0 3-0 2-0 3-0 1-0 1-0 1-0

7-0 3-0 — 2-0 — 1-0 1-0

4-0 — 2-0 1-0 1-0 — —

— — — — — — —

141-78 138-77 13-10 13-10 15-7 15-7 14-8 14-8 14-10 14-10 17-8 17-8 16-13 16-13 16-7 16-7 13-11 13-11 23-4 20-3

3-1 — — — — — — — — 3-1

— — — — — — — — — —

Missouri Valley Bradley Drake Evansville Illinois State Indiana State Missouri State Northern Iowa Southern Illinois Wichita State Mountain West Brigham Young Colorado State TCU Wyoming

CU KSU 0-4 2-0 — 1-0 0-1 — 0-2 –– — 1-0 0-1 —

MU 0-1 — — –– 0-1 —

10-5 1-1 3-0 1-1 5-3

7-5 1-1 2-0 1-1 3-3

2-0 — — — 2-0

1-0 — 1-0 — —

Northeast 2-0 Central Connecticut State 1-0 Long Island 1-0

— — —

2-0 1-0 1-0

— — —

Big West Cal Santa Barbara

1-1 1-1

–– —

1-1 1-1

— —

Ohio Valley Austin Peay State Murray State Southeast Missouri State Tennessee Tech

Colonial Athletic Georgia State Towson

4-0 2-0 2-0

4-0 2-0 2-0

–– — —

–– — —

Patriot League Army Lafayette

2-0 1-0 1-0

— — —

1-0 — 1-0

1-0 1-0 —

6-11 0-2 1-0 1-1 2-2 0-1 2-5

3-7 0-2 — 1-1 — — 2-4

3-3 — 1-0 — 2-1 0-1 0-1

0-1 — — — 0-1 — —

Southeastern Arkansas Auburn Florida Mississippi State Vanderbilt

3-4 0-2 0-1 2-0 1-0 0-1

2-1 — 0-1 2-0 — —

1-3 0-2 — — 1-0 0-1

— — — — — —

11-3 1-1 1-0 3-0 1-1 3-1 2-0

2-0 — — 1-0 — 1-0 —

— — — — — — —

9-3 1-1 1-0 2-0 1-1 2-1 2-0

Conference USA Houston Marshall Southern Methodist Southern Mississippi Tulane Tulsa Horizon League Cleveland State

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Overall 1-2 0-1 0-1 1-0

1-1 1-1

1-0 1-0

— —

0-1 0-1

Metro Atlantic Athletic 1-1 Iona 1-0 Siena 0-1

1-0 1-0 —

0-1 — 0-1

— — —

Southern Appalachian State Charleston Chattanooga Citadel Furman Western Carolina

3-1 0-1 1-0 1-0 1-0

2-0 — — 1-0 1-0

1-0 — 1-0 — —

0-1 0-1 — — —

Conference* Southland Lamar Sam Houston State Texas-Arlington Texas-San Antonio Texas State

Overall 5-1 1-1 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0

Southwestern Athletic 11-0 Alabama State 1-0 Alcorn State 1-0 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 1-0 Grambling State 3-0 Mississippi Valley State 4-0 Southern 1-0

CU KSU 1-0 4-1 — 1-1 — 1-0 1-0 — — 1-0 — 1-0

MU — — — — — —

10-0 — 1-0 1-0 3-0 4-0 1-0

1-0 1-0 — — — — —

— — — — — — —

Sun Belt Arkansas-Little Rock South Alabama Western Kentucky

4-2 1-0 0-1 3-1

2-1 1-0 — 1-1

2-0 –– — 2-0

0-1 –– 0-1 —

West Coast San Diego Gonzaga

2-1 1-1 1-0

1-1 1-1 —

1-0 –– 1-0

— –– —

Western Athletic Fresno State Hawaii Nevada

5-4 3-0 1-2 1-2

2-3 2-0 0-2 0-1

3-1 1-0 1-0 1-1

— — — —

Non-Division I District of Columbia Missouri-Rolla Nebraska-Omaha Northeastern Illinois Northwest Missouri State SIU-Edwardsville

6-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0

1-0 — — 1-0 — — —

4-0 — 1-0 — 1-0 1-0 1-0

1-0 1-0 — — — — —

Totals 301-187 218-120 68-54 15-13 * - Based on conference memberships in 2005-06. Altman has not coached against any current member institutions of the America East, Ivy League or Pacific-10.

2005-06 Creighton Men’s Basketball

Darian DeVries returns to the Creighton bench for his fifth season as an assistant coach on Dana Altman’s staff, and eighth on the Bluejay sideline after spending three years as the team’s graduate manager. Since his arrival, DeVries, 30, has helped the Bluejays reach six NCAA Tournaments and one National Invitation Tournament. Creighton is one of 12 teams nationally that have won 20 or more games in each of those seven seasons. In addition, the Bluejays have won five of the last seven MVC Tournaments while going 16-2 in league tourney action in that time. DeVries works closely with the Creighton backcourt and does much of the scouting of the opposition. In addition, DeVries also aids in the recruiting process of future Bluejays.

DeVries is no stranger to Missouri Valley Conference basketball, having spent four seasons (1994-98) as a starter at guard for legendary head coach Eldon Miller at the University of Northern Iowa. There, he finished with 1,084 career points, which ranks 21st all-time at UNI, and was named Academic All-MVC two times. DeVries led the Panthers in free throw percentage all four years, making 302-of-367 (.823) career attempts, while also leading the team for three years in three-point field goal percentage and twice in assists. As a senior, the two-time team captain made 69-of-157 treys for 44.0 percent and had 84 assists for an average of 3.1 per game. As a junior, DeVries helped lead the Panthers to a mark of 16-12 by dishing out a career-high 90 assists (3.2 apg) and making 101-of-124 free throws for 81.5 percent. He graduated from UNI in 1998 with a B.A. in elementary education and a minor in physical education and earned his master’s degree in college counseling from Creighton in 2000.

The Darian DeVries File Personal • Wife - Ashley • Son – Tucker (3) • Date of Birth - April 7, 1975

Collegiate Coaching Experience • Creighton - Assistant Coach, 2001-present • Creighton - Graduate Manager, 1998-01

Collegiate Playing Experience • Northern Iowa - Guard, 1993-98

College Education • Creighton - M.S., College Counseling, 2000 • Northern Iowa - B.A., Elem. Education, 1998

Darian’s younger brother, Jared, was an All-American on the football team at the University of Iowa and is currently a member of the Detroit Lions, while younger brother, Dusty, also played football for the Hawkeyes. His younger sister, Jodi, played volleyball at Northern Iowa and his youngest brother, Jay is a senior in college. Darian and his wife Ashley have one son, Tucker (3).

Assistant coach Darian DeVries and his wife Ashley hold their son, Tucker.

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Assistant coach Brian Fish is in his fourth year at Creighton, and eighth overall on the bench with Dana Altman. Fish is in his second tour of duty at Creighton. He was an original member of Altman’s first staff at CU, then returned to Omaha in the summer of 2004 to rejoin the Jays. Fish is heavily involved in CU’s recruiting efforts, a role he has handled with much success at his previous stops. He also works closely with the Bluejay post players and aids in game preparation and scouting. Dating to his playing days at Western Kentucky and Marshall, Fish has been associated with six programs as a player or coach. Remarkably, all six have reached the NCAA Tournament Before returning to Omaha, Fish had spent the previous eight seasons at TCU and San Diego. Fish worked the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons at the University of San Diego, where he worked for Brad Holland. After helping USD to the 2002-03 NCAA Tournament, Fish was promoted to associate head coach for the 2003-04 campaign.

Prior to San Diego, Fish was on Billy Tubbs’ staff at TCU, as an assistant coach. At TCU, Fish served as recruiting coordinator and oversaw academics for the basketball team. In his six years at the school, TCU made three postseason appearances and compiled an overall record of 125-68. Fish and Altman first worked together during the 1989-90 season, when the two were at Marshall. Fish was breaking into coaching as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, while Altman earned Southern Conference Coach of the Year plaudits in his lone year with the Thundering Herd. Two years after Altman went to Kansas State, Fish rejoined his mentor in Manhattan as a video/film coordinator. Paired together again, Altman and his staff earned 1993 Big Eight Conference Coach of the Year accolades. When Altman moved to Creighton prior to the 1994-95 season, Fish remained loyal and served in the same capacity for the Bluejays. Together, they helped lay the groundwork for CU’s active run of eight straight postseason appearances. A native of Seymour, Ind., Fish played two seasons for Clem Haskins at Western Kentucky before transferring to play at Marshall. Fish earned a degree in Sport Management from Marshall in 1989 before becoming a graduate assistant there.

The Brian Fish File Personal • Wife - Melyssa • Children - Jordan (18) and Caryssa (15) • Date of Birth - December 20, 1965

Collegiate Coaching Experience • • • • • • • •

Creighton - Assistant Coach, 2004-present San Diego - Associate Head Coach, 2003-04 San Diego - Assistant Coach, 2002-03 TCU - Assistant Coach, 1996-2002 Creighton - Film Coordinator, 1994-96 Kansas State - Film Coordinator, 1992-94 Marshall - Assistant Coach, 1990-92 Marshall - Graduate Assistant, 1989-90

Collegiate Playing Experience • Marshall - Guard, 1987-89 • Western Kentucky - Guard, 1984-86

College Education • Marshall - B.A. in Sport Management, 1989

Brian and his wife, Melyssa, are the parents of a 18-year old son, Jordan, and 15year old daughter, Caryssa.

Assistant coach Brian Fish with his wife Melyssa, son Jordan and daughter Caryssa.

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After four highly successful years across town as a head coach at Division II Nebraska-Omaha, Kevin McKenna has returned to Creighton as an assistant coach. A 1998 inductee into the Creighton Athletics Hall of Fame, McKenna previously served on Dana Altman’s staff from 1994 to 2001. While at Creighton, McKenna will work closely with all facets of the program. Known for his sweet shot as a player, McKenna is regarded as one of the top shooting technicians in the game. McKenna spent the last four seasons across town at UNO, posting an impressive 89-33 record in that time. He guided the Mavericks to four consecutive 20-win seasons, two North Central Conference titles and three appearances in the NCAA II Tournament. The 46-year old McKenna was named the NCC Coach of the Year in both 2004 and 2005, as well as North Central Regional Coach of the Year by the NABC in 2005. In 2001-02, McKenna’s first Maverick team set a school record with 24 wins as UNO made its first visit to the NCAA Tournament in 17 years. The 24-9 record was a 15-win improvement from the 9-17 team he inherited and ranked as one of the nation’s top turnarounds. Prior to his arrival at UNO, the Mavs had not won a league title since 1984 and had not won more than 20 games in a season since 1990.

As a player from 1977 to 1981, McKenna led Creighton to a Missouri Valley Conference regular-season championship, two MVC Tournament titles and a pair of NCAA Tournaments. He was also an allMVC pick and team MVP his final two seasons. He remains the only person in MVC history to win an MVC regular-season title, Valley Tournament title, NBA championship and CBA crown. McKenna ended his collegiate career with exactly 1,500 points (then fifth-best in CU history) and was drafted in the fourth round of the 1981 draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. He was a member of the Lakers’ 1982 NBA championship team and also played for Indiana, New Jersey and Washington during a six-year NBA career. Following his NBA career, McKenna helped lead the La Crosse Catbirds to the 1989-90 league championship as a player and assistant coach. He then served as the head coach and director of basketball operations for the CBA’s Sioux Falls Skyforce from 1990-93. He also worked as a regional scout for the Washington Bullets in 1993-94 before returning to Creighton as an assistant to Altman in 1994. He earned his bachelor’s degree in organizational communications from Creighton in 1993 and added a master’s degree in counseling education from his alma mater in 1997. McKenna and his wife, Nancy, have a daughter Megan (21) and son, Bobby (14).

The Kevin McKenna File Personal • • • •

Wife - Nancy Children – Megan (21) and Bobby (14) Date of Birth - January 8, 1959 Inducted Into CU Athletic Hall of Fame - March 23, 1998

Career Coaching Experience • Creighton - Assistant Coach, 2005Present • Nebraska-Omaha - Head Coach, 200105 • Creighton - Assistant Coach, 1994-2001 • Sioux Falls Skyforce (CBA) - Head Coach/Director of Basketball Operations, 1990-93 • La Crosse Catbirds (CBA) - Assistant Coach, 1989-90

Professional Playing Experience La Crosse Catbirds (CBA) - 1989-90 New Jersey Nets (NBA) - 1986-90 Washington Bullets (NBA) - 1985-86 New Jersey Nets (NBA) - 1984-85 Indiana Pacers (NBA) - 1983-84 Las Vegas/Albuquerque Silvers (CBA) 1982-83 • Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) - 1981-82 • • • • • •

Collegiate Playing Experience • Creighton - Guard, 1977-81

College Education • Creighton - Master’s in counseling education, 1997 • Creighton - B.A. in organizational communication, 1993

The McKenna family: From left, Nancy, Bobby, Kevin and Megan.

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Len Gordy Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Athletics Longtime men’s basketball assistant coach Len Gordy is in his first year as C r e i g h t o n ’s Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Athletics. He also works in the University’s Multicultural Affairs office. In his newly-created position, Gordy will assist in the recruitment, retention, development and graduation of all minority student-athletes, help the Operation Bluejay program reach diverse populations in Omaha, and train all coaches and staff on diversity and inclusion issues. He is also expected to serve on selection committees for head coaching and administrative vacancies in the Athletics Department while helping to identify qualified minority candidates. Gordy spent last season as the school’s Director of Basketball Operations after spending the previous 10 seasons on the bench as an assistant coach to Dana Altman. As director of basketball operations, Gordy coordinated team travel and community outreach and service, while also helping with on-campus recruiting and summer camps. The 51-year-old Gordy graduated from the University of Arizona in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in radio and television communications. A native of Chester, Pa., Gordy started his coaching career at his alma mater, spending six seasons as an assistant to Fred Snowden on the Arizona staff.

In July 1983, Gordy moved to Towson University and served as the program’s top assistant for two seasons at the Marylandbased school before spending seven years as an assistant to Cliff Ellis at Clemson University from 1985-92. In Gordy’s stint as a Clemson assistant, the Tigers averaged more than 17 wins per season and advanced to the postseason five times. Prior to being named an assistant at Creighton on July 11, 1994, Gordy had spent two years as a teacher in the Atlanta public schools system. During his playing career at Arizona, Gordy played forward and was voted team captain his senior year (1976-77). As a junior, the Wildcats advanced to the regional final of the NCAA Tournament and finished the season with a 24-9 record. The Cats also made the NCAA Tournament his senior season. As a four-year letterman, Gordy helped the Wildcats record 81 wins, leading the team in free throw percentage (.787) as a sophomore. Gordy played in 103 career games, averaging 5.0 points and 3.5 rebounds per game, and was named the team’s most inspirational player his final three seasons. Gordy is single and has one son, 32-year-old Kenny.

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Jake Muhleisen

Patty Galas

Men’s Basketball Graduate Manager

Men’s Basketball Administrative Assistant

Nebraska native Jake Muhleisen joined the Creighton men’s basketball program in August, 2005 as a graduate manager. In his role he will handle assorted managerial duties, including film work, for the Jays. Muhleisen was a four-year starter at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2001-05) before graduating in May with a degree in Finance. He is currently pursuing his MBA at Creighton. The first three-year captain in Nebraska history, Muhleisen played in exactly 100 games during four years in the Husker backcourt. He scored 911 points, grabbed 343 rebounds and dished 284 assists while starting all but two games of an injury-plagued career. He was also a two-time first-team Academic all-Big 12 selection, and was a CoSIDA Academic All-District VII selection as a senior.

Patty Galas is in her 11th season as the Administrative Assistant for the Creighton men's basketball program. As part of her duties, Galas arranges Creighton's travel to the MVC Tournament and postseason games, coordinates media interviews for the Creighton men's basketball staff and student athletes, and in addition, makes all arrangements for the Dana Altman Assist Club Luncheons. Galas is the coordinator for the student work-study program in the Athletic Department and she is the liaison for the Athletic Department and Human Resources. In addition, she serves as the Administrative Assistant to Creighton Athletics Director, Bruce Rasmussen. She is also active in the Teammates Mentoring program at Central High School, where she is a mentor. Patty and her husband, Ray, reside in Omaha. They have three daughters, three granddaughters and one grandson.

Athletic Training Kevin Deremer, Lisa Moore and Matt Wallace lead Creighton’s Athletic Training program. The mission of Creighton’s athletic training program is to serve as the initial allied health care provider for Creighton University studentathletes and to provide access to other health care professionals as needed. Services include prevention, assessment, management and rehabilitation of athletic-related injuries and illnesses. They are committed to the highest standards of care consistent with the National Athletic Trainers Association Code of Professional Practice and the credentialing statutes of the state of Nebraska. Creighton University athletic trainers work in cooperation with, and under the supervision of, physicians to provide the best possible care for student-athletes. They have a staff of two full-time certified and state licensed athletic trainers and three graduate assistant certified and state licensed athletic trainers. Athletic Training students also gain clinical experience as Kevin Deremer Lisa Moore Matt Wallace they help serve the sports medicine needs of Head Athletic Asst. Athletic Asst. Athletic Creighton student-athletes. Trainer

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Strength and Conditioning Under the direction of strength and conditioning coach Satoshi Ochi and assistant strength and conditioning coach Jennifer Yee, all Creighton student-athletes benefit from a year-round weight training program in the Frank J. Iwersen Strength and Conditioning Facility. The 4,000-square-foot facility, located in the Vinardi Athletic Center, is one of the finest NCAA Division I weight rooms in the country for a school that does not field a football team. The facility features 12 individual stations for circuit training, eight bench stations, nearly 10,000 pounds of free weights, aerobic equipment and video and audio systems that help the staff monitor and teach proper training techJennifer Yee niques. Satoshi Ochi Ochi, who is a certified strength and conditioning Strength & Conditioning Strength & Conditioning specialist, oversees an intern program associated with the Department of Exercise Science, which allows the athletes one-on-one interaction with the strength and conditioning staff. Tony Daniel (baseball) and Sarah Vrbicky (women’s basketball) both earned NSCA All-American honors last year for their efforts in the weight room.

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#1 Jeffrey Day 6-9 • 235 • Sr. • Center Seattle, Wash. Grossmont CC

#3 Nick Porter 6-3 • 215 • Jr. • Guard Las Vegas, Nev. Compton CC

#4 Dominic Bishop 6-0 • 170 • Jr. • Guard Buffalo, N.Y. Brown Mackie College

#5 Dustin Sitzmann 6-0 • 175 • Fr. • Guard LeMars, Iowa Gehlen Catholic HS

#10 Nate Funk 6-3 • 205 • Sr. • Guard Sioux City, Iowa Heelan HS

#11 Johnny Mathies 6-0 • 170 • Sr. • Guard Louisville, Ky. Dixie State JC

#12 Josh Dotzler 6-1 • 190 • Fr. • Guard Bellevue, Neb. West HS

#20 Pierce Hibma 6-5 • 205 • So. • Guard Pella, Iowa Pella HS

#21 Manourou Gakou 6-8 • 282 • Jr. • Center Paris, France Cloud County CC

#24 Brice Nengsu 6-5 • 195 • So. • Guard Nkongsamba, Cameroon Weatherford JC

#30 Jimmy Motz 6-7 • 225 • Sr. • Forward Lincoln, Neb. Northeast HS

#34 Nick Bahe 6-3 • 190 • Jr. • Guard Lincoln, Neb. University of Kansas

#44 Anthony Tolliver 6-9 • 245 • Jr. • Center Springfield, Mo. Kickapoo HS

#50 Dane Watts 6-8 • 225 • So. • Forward Warrensburg, Mo. Warrensburg HS

#52 Steve Smith 6-11 • 245 • Fr. • Center Sioux Falls, S.D. Bishop O’Gorman HS

Thomas Lane 6-4 • 198 • Fr. • Guard Edmond, Okla. Casady HS

Dana Altman Head Coach 12th season at Creighton

Darian DeVries Assistant Coach 8th season at Creighton

Brian Fish Assistant Coach 4th season at Creighton

Kevin McKenna Assistant Coach 8th season at Creighton

2005-06 Creighton Men’s Basketball

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