Greg McDermott

Greg McDermott (born November 25, 1964) is an American basketball coach who is the head coach of the Creighton University Bluejays men's basketball team. Previously, McDermott served as the head coach at Wayne State College, North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, and Iowa State. He is the father of NBA player Doug McDermott.

Greg McDermott
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McDermott at the MVC Tournament in 2012
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamCreighton
ConferenceBig East
Record248–123 (.668)
Annual salary$1,369,949
Biographical details
Born (1964-11-25) November 25, 1964 (age 56)
Cascade, Iowa
Alma materUniversity of Northern Iowa
United States Sports Academy
Playing career
1983–1988Northern Iowa
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1989–1994North Dakota (assistant)
1994–2000Wayne State (NE)
2000–2001North Dakota State
2001–2006Northern Iowa
2006–2010Iowa State
2010–presentCreighton
Head coaching record
Overall528–318 (.624)
Tournaments3–8 (NCAA Division I)
2–1 (NIT)
3–2 (CBI)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
NSIC regular season (2000)
MVC regular season (2013)
MVC Tournament (2004, 2012, 2013)
Big East regular season (2020)
Awards
Big East Coach of the Year (2020)

Early lifeEdit

McDermott grew up in Cascade, Iowa, and played basketball for Cascade High School. A 6'8" center, he then played college basketball for the Northern Iowa Panthers from 1984 to 1988. In 1988, he earned a B.A. degree from Northern Iowa. He is the father of current NBA player Doug McDermott[1]

Coaching careerEdit

Early coaching careerEdit

McDermott began his coaching career as an assistant coach at North Dakota between 1989 and 1994, and during his tenure helped lead the Fighting Sioux to five consecutive NCAA Division II tournaments.[2] On March 29, 1994, he accepted his first head coaching position at Division II Wayne State College.[2] McDermott remained as the head coach at Wayne State College for six seasons and compiled an overall record of 116 wins and 53 losses (116–53) during his tenure there from 1994 to 2000.[3]

North Dakota StateEdit

In April 2000, McDermott resigned his Wayne State post and accepted the head coaching position at North Dakota State.[4] In his lone season with State, he led the Bison to an overall record of 15 wins and 11 losses (15–11) en route to an eighth place finish in the North Central Conference.[5]

Northern IowaEdit

On April 3, 2001, McDermott was introduced as head coach at his alma mater, Northern Iowa.[3]

McDermott remained as the Panthers' head coach for five seasons between 2001 and 2006. During his tenure he led Northern Iowa to an overall record of 90 wins and 63 losses (90–63), the 2004 Missouri Valley Conference tournament championship and the 2004, 2005, and 2006 NCAA Tournaments.[6]

Iowa StateEdit

 
McDermott coaching Iowa State

McDermott resigned his position with Northern Iowa on March 21, 2006, and accepted the same one at Iowa State.[6] McDermott was the Cyclones' head coach for four seasons between 2007 and 2010, and during his tenure led them to an overall record of 59 wins and 68 losses (59–68).[7] His marquee victory at Iowa State came on March 6, 2010, against No. 5 Kansas State. This was his only victory over a ranked team while with the Cyclones.

CreightonEdit

On April 26, 2010, he resigned from Iowa State and accepted the same position at Creighton.[7] The contract with Creighton was a reported ten-year deal, worth well over one million dollars per season.[8]

2010–11 seasonEdit

In his first season with the Bluejays, McDermott led the team to a 23-16 record, 10-8 in the Missouri Valley Conference. Creighton reached the final round of the College Basketball Invitational tournament where they lost to Oregon two games to one.[9]

2011–12 seasonEdit

In just his second year, McDermott led Creighton to the Missouri Valley Conference tournament championship. The Bluejays were ranked as high as No. 12 in the nation, finished sixth nationally in home attendance,[10] and received an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament as the No. 8 seed in the Midwest Region. Creighton would defeat Alabama 58-57 in the first round, and lose to UNC 87-73 in the second round.

2012–13 seasonEdit

Entering the 2012–13 season, McDermott had Creighton in the rankings in both preseason polls; they were No. 15 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 16 in the AP Poll. McDermott would lead Creighton to the MVC regular season championship, and its second straight MVC conference tournament championship. The Bluejays were ranked as high as No. 10 in the nation and finished sixth nationally in home attendance for the second consecutive year. The Bluejays received an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, where they were the No. 7 seed in the Midwest Region. Creighton would defeat Cincinnati 67-63 in the first round, and lose to Duke 66-50 in the second round.

2013–14 seasonEdit

After the end of the 2012–13 season, Creighton left the Missouri Valley to join the Big East. In his fourth year at Creighton and first in the Big East, McDermott would lead Creighton to a runner-up finish in the Big East regular season and tournament. The Bluejays were ranked as high as No. 9 in the nation, and finished sixth nationally in home attendance for the third consecutive year. The Bluejays lost to Providence 65-58 in the finals of the Big East tournament, and received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament as the No. 3 seed in the West Region, the highest NCAA Tournament seed in Creighton history. Creighton would defeat UL Lafayette 76-66 in the first round, and lose to Baylor 85-55 in the second round.

2014–15 seasonEdit

Despite being ranked as high as No. 23 during the season, McDermott would have his first losing season at Creighton as they finished in a tie for last place in the Big East with a record of 14–19, 4-14 in conference play.

2015–16 seasonEdit

In his sixth season with Creighton, McDermott led the Bluejays to a sixth place finish in the Big East with a record of 18-13, 9-9 in conference play. In the quarterfinals of the NIT, they lost to BYU 88-82 to finish the season 20-15.

2016–17 seasonEdit

Entering the 2016–17 season, Creighton was ranked in both preseason polls. McDermott led the Bluejays to an 18–1 start and a ranking as high as No. 7 in the nation. The team finished the regular season 23-8, and lost to Villanova in the Big East tournament finals. The Bluejays received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament as the No. 6 seed in the Midwest Region, and lost to the Rhode Island Rams 84-72 in the first round to finish the season 25-10.[11]


2017–18 seasonEdit

McDermott led the 2017-2018 Bluejays to a 21–12 record, 10–8 in Big East play to finish in a three-way tie for third place. They lost in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament to Providence 72-68. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament as the No. 8 seed in the South Region. There, the Bluejays lost in the first round to Kansas State 69-59.

2018–19 seasonEdit

The Bluejays finished the season 20–15, 9–9 in Big East play to finish in a four-way tie for third place. As the No. 5 seed in the Big East Tournament, they lost to Xavier in the quarterfinals. They received a bid to the National Invitation Tournament as the No. 2 seed in the NIT bracket where they defeated Loyola and Memphis before losing to TCU 71-58 in the quarterfinals.

2019–20 seasonEdit

Entering the 2019-20 season, the Bluejays were picked to finish 7th in the Big East, however McDermott and his team were able to finish tied for the Big East regular season championship with Villanova and Seton Hall. The Bluejays received the number 1 seed in the Big East tournament, and finished with a 24-7 record, 13-5 in the Big East. [12] The Jays finished with a ranking of 7th in the nation which was their highest ranking of the season. [13] Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, both the Big East tournament and the NCAA Tournament were cancelled.[14] McDermott would record his 500th win as a head coach in this season with a 77-65 win over Xavier.[15]

2020–21 seasonEdit

On Thursday, February 27, 2021, McDermott used an "insensitive and racist" analogy ("Guys, we need to stick together....We need both feet in. I need everybody to stay on the plantation. I can't have anybody leave the plantation.") while speaking to his team in the locker room after a 77-69 loss to the Xavier Musketeers. McDermott apologized for his actions, and was suspended by the university from all team activities for four days. Assistant coach Alan Huss served as interim head coach and coached the Bluejays to a 93-73 win over the Butler Bulldogs on March 6. McDermott was reinstated on March 8, 2021.[16][17][18] Creighton finished the 2020–21 regular season with an 18-7 record, 14-6 in conference play, to finish in second place in the Big East. Creighton received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament as the No. 5 seed in the West Region. In the first round, the Bluejays defeated the UCSB Gauchos 63-62. In the second round, the Bluejays defeated the Ohio Bobcats 72-58, to reach the program's first regional semifinal since 1974.[19] Creighton was defeated by Gonzaga 83-65, to finish the season with a record of 22-9.

Head coaching recordEdit

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Wayne State Wildcats (NCAA Division II independent) (1994–1998)
1994–95 Wayne State 14–13
1995–96 Wayne State 12–15
1996–97 Wayne State 21–7
1997–98 Wayne State 20–7
1998–99 Wayne State 23–5
Wayne State Wildcats (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) (1999–2000)
1999–00 Wayne State 26–6 15–3 T–1st
Wayne State: 116–53 (.686) 15–3 (.833)
North Dakota State Bison (North Central Conference) (2000–2001)
2000–01 North Dakota State 15–11 7–11 8th
North Dakota State: 15–11 (.577) 7–11 (.389)
Northern Iowa Panthers (Missouri Valley Conference) (2001–2006)
2001–02 Northern Iowa 14–15 8–10 7th
2002–03 Northern Iowa 11–17 7–11 7th
2003–04 Northern Iowa 21–10 12–6 T–2nd NCAA Division I Round of 64
2004–05 Northern Iowa 21–11 11–7 T–3rd NCAA Division I Round of 64
2005–06 Northern Iowa 23–10 11–7 T–5th NCAA Division I Round of 64
Northern Iowa: 90–63 (.588) 49–41 (.544)
Iowa State Cyclones (Big 12 Conference) (2006–2010)
2006–07 Iowa State 15–16 6–10 T–7th
2007–08 Iowa State 14–18 4–12 11th
2008–09 Iowa State 15–17 4–12 10th
2009–10 Iowa State 15–17 4–12 11th
Iowa State: 59–68 (.465) 18–46 (.281)
Creighton Bluejays (Missouri Valley Conference) (2010–2013)
2010–11 Creighton 23–16 10–8 4th CBI Runner-up
2011–12 Creighton 29–6 14–4 2nd NCAA Division I Round of 32
2012–13 Creighton 28–8 13–5 1st NCAA Division I Round of 32
Creighton: 37–17 (.685)
Creighton Bluejays (Big East Conference) (2013–present)
2013–14 Creighton 27–8 14–4 2nd NCAA Division I Round of 32
2014–15 Creighton 14–19 4–14 T–9th
2015–16 Creighton 20–15 9–9 6th NIT Quarterfinal
2016–17 Creighton 25–10 10–8 T–3rd NCAA Division I Round of 64
2017–18 Creighton 21–11 10–8 T–3rd NCAA Division I Round of 64
2018–19 Creighton 20–15 9–9 T–3rd NIT Quarterfinal
2019–20 Creighton 24–7 13–5 T–1st Postseason canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic
2020–21 Creighton 22–9 14–6 2nd NCAA Division I Sweet 16
Creighton: 249–123 (.669) 82–63 (.566)
Total: 529–318 (.625)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Greg McDermott Bio" Archived September 24, 2015, at the Wayback Machine. gocreighton.com. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "McDermott leaves UND to be head coach at Wayne". Grand Forks Herald. Newsbank. March 29, 1994. p. 3D. Retrieved March 17, 2013.
  3. ^ a b "McDermott gets 'dream job' at UNI". The Telegraph-Herald. Google News Archives. April 4, 2001. p. 1B. Retrieved March 17, 2013.
  4. ^ "Bison name McDermott head coach". Grand Forks Herald. Newsbank. April 8, 2000. p. 3D. Retrieved March 17, 2013.
  5. ^ "2012–13 North Dakota State Men's Basketball Media Guide" (PDF). NDSU Athletic Media Relations Office. 2012. p. 72. Retrieved March 17, 2013.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ a b "Iowa State hires N. Iowa coach McDermott". ESPN.com. ESPN.com news services. March 22, 2006. Retrieved March 17, 2013.
  7. ^ a b "Creighton hires McDermott". ESPN.com. Associated Press. April 26, 2010. Retrieved March 17, 2013.
  8. ^ "Greg McDermott leaves for Creighton". April 26, 2010. Retrieved March 17, 2013.
  9. ^ "E. J. Singler hits game-winning shot to lift Oregon to CBI championship". ESPN.com. Associated Press. April 1, 2011. Retrieved March 17, 2013.
  10. ^ "John Henson returns to spark UNC past Creighton". ESPN.com. Associated Press. March 18, 2012. Retrieved March 17, 2013.
  11. ^ "Creighton Bluejays Basketball 2016–17 Schedule" ESPN.com. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  12. ^ [1] google.com. Retrieved April 6, 2020.
  13. ^ "AP Top 25 Poll" apnews.com. Retrieved April 6, 2020.
  14. ^ "NCAA cancels men's and women's basketball championships due to coronavirus concerns" NCAA.com. Retrieved April 6, 2020.
  15. ^ "McDermott Earns 500th Victory as Men's Basketball Wins at Xavier" gocreighton.com. Retrieved April 6, 2020.
  16. ^ Selbe, Nick (March 5, 2021). "Creighton Suspends Coach Greg McDermott Over Racist Language". Sports Illustrated. New York City. Retrieved March 9, 2021.
  17. ^ Kercheval, Ben (March 8, 2021). "Creighton reinstates coach Greg McDermott after his suspension for 'plantation' comment". CBS Sports. New York City. Retrieved March 9, 2021.
  18. ^ Nyatawa, Jon (March 6, 2021). "No. 14 Creighton ends emotional week with win over Butler on Senior Day". Omaha World Herald. Omaha. Retrieved March 9, 2021.
  19. ^ Nugent, Joe (March 22, 2021). "No. 5 Creighton reaches regional semifinal for first time since 1974". WOWT. Omaha. Retrieved March 22, 2021.

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