Greg McDermott

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Greg McDermott
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McDermott at the MVC Tournament in 2012.
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Creighton
Conference Big East
Record 165–81 (.671)
Annual salary $1,369,949
Biographical details
Born (1964-11-25) November 25, 1964 (age 52)
Cascade, Iowa
Playing career
1983–1988 Northern Iowa
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1989–1994 North Dakota (asst.)
1994–2000 Wayne State
2000–2001 North Dakota State
2001–2006 Northern Iowa
2006–2010 Iowa State
2010–present Creighton
Head coaching record
Overall 445–276 (.617)
Accomplishments and honors
MVC regular season championship (2013)
MVC Tournament championship (2004, 2012, 2013)

Greg McDermott (born November 25, 1964) has served as the head coach of the Creighton University Bluejays men's basketball team since April 26, 2010. Previously McDermott served as head coach at Wayne State, North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, and Iowa State. He is the father of NBA player Doug McDermott.

Early life[edit]

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.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Early coaching career[edit]

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 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 State[edit]

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 the 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 Iowa[edit]

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

McDermott remained as the Panthers' head coach for five season 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 to appearances in the 2004, 2005, and 2006 NCAA Tournaments.[6]

Iowa State[edit]

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.


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 season[edit]

In his first season with the Bluejays, McDermott led the team to the finals of the CBI where they lost to Oregon.[9]

2011-12 season[edit]

In just his second year McDermott led Creighton to the MVC conference tournament championship, were ranked as high as No. 12 in the nation, finished sixth nationally in home attendance,[10] and a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Creighton would defeat Alabama in the second round and lose to UNC in the third round.

2012-13 season[edit]

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, its second straight MVC conference tournament championship, were ranked as high as No. 10 in the nation, finished sixth nationally in home attendance for the second consecutive year, and a No. 7 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Creighton would defeat Cincinnati in the second round and lose to Duke in the third round.

2013-14 season[edit]

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, were ranked as high as No. 9 in the nation, finished sixth nationally in home attendance for the third consecutive year, and a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the highest seed in Creighton history. Creighton would defeat UL Lafayette in the round of 64 and lose to Baylor in the round of 32.

2014-15 season[edit]

Despite being ranked 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.

2015-16 season[edit]

In his sixth season with Creighton, McDermott led the Bluejays to a sixth place finish in the Big East and the quarterfinals of the NIT where they lost to BYU.

2016-17 season[edit]

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 ultimately finished 25–10, losing to Villanova in the Big East tournament finals, and to Rhode Island in the first round of the 2017 NCAA tournament.[11]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Wayne State (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 (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 (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 (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 First Round
2004–05 Northern Iowa 21–11 11–7 T–3rd NCAA First Round
2005–06 Northern Iowa 23–10 11–7 T–5th NCAA First Round
Northern Iowa: 90–63 (.588) 49–41 (.544)
Iowa State (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 (Missouri Valley Conference) (2010–2013)
2010–11 Creighton 23–16 10–8 4th CBI Finals
2011–12 Creighton 29–6 14–4 2nd NCAA Round of 32
2012–13 Creighton 28–8 13–5 1st NCAA Round of 32
Creighton: 37–17 (.685)
Creighton (Big East Conference) (2013–present)
2013–14 Creighton 27–8 14–4 2nd NCAA Round of 32
2014–15 Creighton 14–19 4–14 T–9th
2015–16 Creighton 20–15 9–9 6th NIT Quarterfinals
2016–17 Creighton 25–10 10–8 T–3rd NCAA First Round
Creighton: 165–81 (.671) 36–34 (.514)
Total: 445–276 (.617)

      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


  1. ^ "Greg McDermott Bio". 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. 
  6. ^ a b "Iowa State hires N. Iowa coach McDermott". news services. March 22, 2006. Retrieved March 17, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Creighton hires McDermott". 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". Associated Press. April 1, 2011. Retrieved March 17, 2013. 
  10. ^ "John Henson returns to spark UNC past Creighton". Associated Press. March 18, 2012. Retrieved March 17, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Creighton Bluejays Basketball 2016–17 Schedule" Retrieved March 19, 2017.

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