Tom Apke

Tom Apke (born July 16, 1943)

Teams coached: Creighton Bluejays, Colorado Buffaloes, Appalachian State Mountaineers
Creighton record: 130-64 (.670)
Colorado record: 59-81 (.421)
Appalachian State record: 139-147 (.486)
Overall record: 328-292 (.529)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1986-1996 Appalachian State
1981-1986 Colorado
1974-1981 Creighton
1968-1974 Creighton (asst)

Tom Apke Facts

  • Thomas Apke
  • Born July 16, 1943
  • Alma Mater: Creighton University (BA, 1965)
  • Played three seasons for the Creighton Bluejays under head coach Red McManus
  • Spent six seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, working for both McManus and his successor Eddie Sutton
  • Took over as head coach of the Bluejays, a position he held for seven seasons
    • Was head coach in 1977 when the program returned to the Missouri Valley after nearly 30 years as an Independent
    • His Bluejays team won the 1978 MVC Tournament, defeating Larry Bird and Indiana State in the title game
    • Reached the NCAA Tournament three times and the NIT once at Creighton
    • Also served as the University’s athletic director from 1974 to 1980
  • Left his alma mater in 1981 to take over the program at Colorado, but was not able to achieve the same success
  • Finished his coaching career with a ten-year stint as the head coach at Appalachian State, going 139-147 during that time

Tom Apke Coaching Tree

  • Bob Hofman (Fort Lewis, Western State, Eastern Washington)
  • Jay Humphries (Reno Bighorns, overseas)
  • Kevin McKenna (Indiana State, Omaha)
  • Buzz Peterson (UNC Wilmington, Coastal Carolina, Tennessee, Tulsa, Appalachian State)