|Athletic director||Bruce Rasmussen|
|Basketball arena||CenturyLink Center Omaha or
D. J. Sokol Arena
|Baseball stadium||Creighton Sports Complex or
TD Ameritrade Park Omaha
|Soccer stadium||Morrison Stadium|
|Mascot||Billy the Bluejay|
|Fight song||The White and the Blue|
The Creighton Bluejays, or Jays, are the athletic teams of Creighton University, a Jesuit/Catholic University located in Omaha, Nebraska, United States. Creighton competes in NCAA Division I athletics, competing in the Big East Conference. Creighton is the only Division I program to have the Bluejay as its mascot.
During the 2011-12 athletic season, Creighton was last remaining team from the Missouri Valley Conference in the NCAA Tournament in men's soccer, women's basketball, men's basketball and baseball.
On March 20, 2013, the Creighton administration announced that the school would join the Big East, and moved to the new conference on July 1, 2013.
Men's Intercollegiate Sports
Women's Intercollegiate Sports
- Note = Women's rowing competes in the West Coast Conference.
Creighton's baseball team will play its first Big East season in 2014. They are coached by Ed Servais who is entering his eighth season as head coach of the Bluejays. His record at Creighton is 254-149 (.630 winning percentage).
The team plays its home games at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, also the home of the College World Series. Prior to the opening of TD Ameritrade Park, the program played games at the Creighton Sports Complex and Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium in South Omaha, which was also the home of the NCAA College World Series and the Omaha Royals (now known as the Omaha Storm Chasers) of the Pacific Coast League.
- 1991 College World Series
Creighton appeared in the NCAA College World Series for the only time in 1991. The Jays advanced to the CWS by defeating the Hawaii Rainbows 15-8 in finals of the NCAA West I Regional in Los Angeles. Prior to the victory over Hawaii, the Jays swept the four-game regional by beating Pepperdine, Minnesota and host team USC in a 10-inning 8-7 victory.
The seventh-seeded Bluejays (49-20) opened play against the second seeded Clemson Tigers in front of then record crowd of more than 16,000 at Rosenblatt Stadium. The game ended with an 8-4 Creighton victory, setting up a second round match with MVC rival Wichita State.
The Jays had finished the 1991 regular season with an overall record of 46-18, and a 16-8 record in the Missouri Valley Conference, good enough for second place behind league champion Wichita State. The Shockers had swept the regular season four-game series with the Jays, and had also defeated the Jays twice in the 1991 Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Tournament.
In one of the more memorable games in College World Series history, the Shockers defeated the Jays 3-2 in 12 innings. With one out in the bottom of the twelfth inning Wichita State center fielder Jim Audley threw out Creighton's pinch-runner Steve Burns at home plate in a play known to Bluejay and Shocker fans alike as "the throw." The game was recently ranked third in the list of the 25 greatest games in College World Series history by the Omaha World-Herald.
The Jays bounced back to defeat Long Beach State 13-4 in an elimination game, to set up a rematch with Wichita State in the National Semifinals. A trip to the title game for Creighton was not to be, however, as Wichita State advanced to the National Championship game after defeating Creighton for the eighth time that season, 11-3.
LSU defeated Wichita State 6-3 to win the 1991 NCAA Baseball National Championship.
The Bluejays Head Coach during that memorable 1991 season, Jim Hendry, is a former General Manager of the Chicago Cubs. Jim Hendry is also the only former Creighton Bluejay to have his number retired. His name and number (25) hang on the center field fence of Creighton Sports Complex.
Notable former Bluejay Baseball players include Hall of Fame inductee Bob Gibson as well as Dave McKay, Pat Venditte, Dennis Rasmussen, Scott Stahoviak, Scott Servais, Zach Daeges, Chad McConnell and Alan Benes.
- Team Honors
Big East Conference Regular Season Champions (1): 2014*
Missouri Valley Conference Regular Season Champions (2): 2005*, 2011*
Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Champions (3): 2007, 2011, 2012
NCAA Regionals Appearances (10): 1973, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2012
College World Series Appearances (1): 1991
Yearly Summary (note official results were not kept until 1966)
|1973||Dave Baker||25-16||n/a||n/a||NCAA District 5 Playoffs (0-2)||n/a|
|1981||Dave Underwood||37-30||2nd (West)||n/a||none||n/a|
|1982||Dave Underwood||32-23||2nd (West)||4th||none||n/a|
|1983||Dave Underwood||39-17||2nd (West)||4th||none||n/a|
|1984||Dave Underwood / Jim Hendry||23-21||6th||n/a||none||n/a|
|1988||Jim Hendry||43-21-1||2nd||T-1st||none||All-American Catcher Scott Servais Drafted in 3rd Round by Houston Astros|
|1990||Jim Hendry||48-22||3rd||2nd||NCAA Central Regional (2-2)||n/a|
|1991||Jim Hendry||51-22||2nd||2nd||NCAA West Regional I (4-0) 1991 College World Series (2-2)||All-American Scott Stahoviak Named National Player of the Year, Bluejays finish 3rd in NCAA|
|1992||Todd Wenberg||41-19-1||2nd||2nd||NCAA Central Regional (1-2)||n/a|
|1999||Jack Dahm||38-25||3rd||2nd||NCAA South Bend Regional (0-2)||n/a|
|2000||Jack Dahm||38-22||3rd||4th||NCAA Tempe Regional (0-2)||n/a|
|2003||Jack Dahm||20-37||T-6th||T-5th||none||LHP Tom Oldham 6th Round Draft Pick of Seattle Mariners|
|2004||Ed Servais||35-24||2nd||4th||none||RHP Steve Grasley named All-American; signs with Seattle Mariners|
|2005||Ed Servais||48-17||1st||2nd||NCAA Lincoln Regional (2-2)||Bluejays win first conference regular season title in school history, RHP Eric Wordekemper 46th Round Draft of New York Yankees, LHP Scott Reese named All-American|
|2006||Ed Servais||31-21||4th||4th||none||OF Zach Daeges named All-American; 6th Round Draft Pick of Boston Red Sox, LHP Marc Lewis 26th Round Draft Pick of Milwaukee Brewers, RHP Adam Schaecher 31st Round Draft Pick of Texas Rangers, OF Chase Odenreider 49th Round Draft Pick of New York Yankees|
|2007||Ed Servais||45-17||2nd||1st||NCAA Fayetteville Regional (1-2)||Creighton Wins Conference Tournament, Pitchers Pat Venditte and Ben Mancuso named All-Americans, LHP Marc Lewis 20th Round Draft Pick of Florida Marlins, Catcher Chris Gradoville 24th Round Draft Pick of Texas Rangers, Pat Venditte 45th Round Draft Pick of New York Yankees|
|2008||Ed Servais||37-21||3rd||T-4th||none||Pitcher Pat Venditte 20th Round Draft Pick of New York Yankees|
|2009||Ed Servais||31-25||4th||2nd||none||1B Darin Ruf 20th Round Draft Pick of Philadelphia Phillies|
|2010||Ed Servais||27-25||6th||6th||none||SS Elliot Soto 15th Round Draft Pick of Chicago Cubs, C Carson Vitale 38th Round Draft Pick of Texas Rangers|
|2011||Ed Servais||45-16||1st||1st||NCAA Corvallis Regional (1-2)||First Creighton baseball team to win both the MVC regular season title and MVC tournament title. P Jonas Dufek 9th Round Draft Pick of Houston Astros, OF Trever Adams 16th Round Draft Pick of Texas Rangers|
|2012||Ed Servais||28-30||8th||1st||NCAA Los Angeles Regional (2-2)||Creighton goes from "worst to first" in one week by going undefeated in the 2012 MVC Tournament. One of only three "four seeds" to make the regional finals of the 2012 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament, before falling to No. 2 national seed UCLA. P Ty Blach 5th Round Draft Pick of San Francisco Giants, C Anthony Bemboom 22nd Round Draft Pick of Los Angeles Angels|
Creighton's men's basketball program was a member of the Missouri Valley Conference from the 1977-78 to the 2012-13 season. They joined the Big East Conference July 1, 2013. Prior to the 1977-78 season, the Jays participated as an Independent from 1948-1977.
The men's team plays all of their home games at the CenturyLink Center Omaha (18,320). The 2011-12 season was their ninth at the CenturyLink Center Omaha (formerly Qwest Center Omaha).
Famous individuals associated with Creighton basketball include former players Bob Gibson, Paul Silas, Doug McDermott (son of the current head coach), Bob Portman, Gene Harmon, Benoit Benjamin, Bob Harstad, Chad Gallagher, Rodney Buford, Kyle Korver, Gary Swain, Ryan Sears, Nate Funk, and Anthony Tolliver. Famous former coaches include "Red" McManus, Eddie Sutton, Willis Reed, Eddie Hickey, Tony Barone, Arthur A. Schabinger, and Dana Altman.
The all-time leading scorer in Creighton men's basketball history is Doug McDermott, who surpassed former leader Rodney Buford during the 2012–13 season. McDermott ended his college career in 2014 with 3,150 total points, placing him fifth on the all-time Division I men's scoring list. He was named the first consensus first-team All-American in Creighton basketball history following the 2011-12 season, his sophomore year, and repeated as a consensus first-team All-American in 2013 and 2014. This made him the first Division I men's player to be a three-time consensus first-team All-American since Patrick Ewing and Wayman Tisdale from 1983 to 1985. McDermott was also named the consensus national player of the year in 2014.
Creighton University, in combination with the Missouri Valley Conference, was the host institution for the First and Second Rounds site at CenturyLink Center Omaha during the 2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament and for the Second and Third Round during the 2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
Missouri Valley Conference Regular Season Champions (15): 1929-30, 1930–31, 1931-32*, 1934–35, 1935–36, 1940-41*, 1941–42, 1942-43*, 1977-78*, 1988-89*, 1990-91*, 2000-01*, 2001–02, 2008–09, 2012-13*
Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Champions (12): 1978, 1981, 1989, 1991, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2012, 2013
NCAA Tournament Appearances (19): 1941, 1962, 1964, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1981, 1989, 1991, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014
Guardians Classic Tournament Champions (2): 2002, 2004
Missouri Valley Conference Regular Season Champions (3): 2001-02*, 2002–03, 2012–13
Western Athletic Conference Regular Season Champions (2): 1990-91*, 1991-92*
Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Champions (2): 2002, 2012
Western Athletic Conference Tournament Champions (1): 1992
NCAA Tournament Appearances (5): 1992, 1994, 2002, 2012, 2013
WNIT Champions (1): 2004
WNIT Appearances (8): 1987, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011
Creighton plays their home matches on campus at Morrison Stadium, which is named after former university President Fr. Michael Morrison, S.J. The last time Creighton hosted the Missouri Valley Conference men's soccer Tournament was 2011.
The women's soccer team has won four Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championships, earning the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament in each of those years. The team also plays its home games on campus at Morrison Stadium.
Missouri Valley Conference Regular Season Champions (1): 2002
Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Champions (4): 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007
NCAA Tournament Appearances (4): 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007
Football was discontinued in 1942.
- Creighton Athletics
- The Bluejay Cafe - unofficial team website
- 1991 Creighton vs. Wichita State College World Series Game