Greg McDermott

Greg McDermott (born November 25, 1964)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Creighton Bluejays
Current conference: Big East Conference
Wayne State record: 116–53 (.686)
North Dakota State record^: 15-11 (.577)
Northern Iowa record: 90-63 (.588)
Iowa State record: 59-68 (.465)
Creighton record: 325-160 (.670)
Overall record^: 605-355 (.630)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2010-present Creighton
2006-2010 Iowa State
2001-2006 Northern Iowa
2000-2001 North Dakota State
1994-2000 Wayne State
1989-1994 North Dakota (asst)

Greg McDermott Facts

  • Greg McDermott
  • Born November 25, 1964
  • Hometown: Cascade, Iowa
  • Alma Mater: University of Northern Iowa (BA, 1988) / US Sports Academy (MSS, 1994)
  • The Iowa-native played at Northern Iowa, first under James Berry and then under Eldon Miller
  • Started his coaching career right away, joining Rich Glas’ staff at North Dakota (then Division II) in 1989
  • Became a head coach in 1994 at D-II Wayne State College (NE), going 116-53 overall in six seasons
  • Spent one season as the head coach at then D-II North Dakota State before returning to his alma mater Northern Iowa in 2001
    • Had great success at UNI, leading the Panthers to three straight NCAA Tournaments (including two at-large bids)
  • Was head coach at Iowa State for four seasons but was unable to match his success from UNI; finished below .500 each year
  • Returned to the mid-major level in 2010 as the head coach at Creighton, taking the Bluejays to the NCAA Tournament three-straight years (including the programs first year in a major conference, the new Big East)
    • Coached his son, Doug McDermott, for four seasons (one CBI, three NCAAs); Doug was a three-time First-Team All-American, consensus National POY in 2014 and got drafted 11th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft
    • Lead the Jays back to the NCAA Tournament in 2017, capping off a 25-10 seasons that saw the team ranked as high as #7
    • Won a share of the Big East title in 2020, a first for the program, going 24-7 (13-5) and earning McDermott Big East COY honors

Greg McDermott Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I and Division II levels (NDSU was a D-II program during his tenure there)