Darian DeVries returns to the Bluejay bench for an 18th straight season, including the last 15 as an assistant coach. He was also a graduate manager from 1998-2001 at Creighton before accepting his current post.
He is one of the longest-tenured men’s basketball assistant coaches at one school in the nation.
DeVries has helped the Bluejays reach the postseason in 16 of the last 17 seasons, including 10 NCAA Tournament bids. Creighton has won 20 or more games in 15 of those 17 years. In addition, the Bluejays have won eight of the last 17 conference tournaments while going 31-9 in league tourney action in that time.
Since his arrival, Creighton has had 13 First Team All-Conference selections, six Conference Players of the Year, three MVC Newcomers of the Year, two MVC Freshmen of the Years and a Defensive Player of the Year. CU has also had six All-American honorees in that time, including Doug McDermott, the first player in 30 years to be named a First Team All-American by the AP in three straight seasons.
DeVries was named the nation’s No. 7 mid-major assistant by CollegeInsider.com in the summer of 2009, further evidence of his coaching skills, background and ability.
DeVries, 40, works closely with the Creighton backcourt and does much of the scouting of the opposition. In addition, DeVries also plays a large role in the recruitment of future Bluejays.
DeVries was the lone assistant coach to stay when Greg McDermott was hired in 2010. Creighton has won 121 of 178 games in the past five seasons, making three NCAA Tournament appearances. Creighton tied the school record with 29 wins in 2011-12, then had 28 more wins in 2012-13 before 27 in 2013-14.
Creighton’s first season in the BIG EAST (2013-14) saw the Bluejays lead the nation in three-pointers made, three-point percentage and assist/turnover ratio, while also ranking second in three-pointers per game and assists per game.. In addition, McDermott would go on to sweep all 14 National Player of the Year awards.
DeVries spent four seasons (1994-98) as a starter at guard for legendary head coach Eldon Miller at UNI. There he finished with 1,084 career points, which ranks 28th all-time at UNI, and was named Academic All-MVC two times. DeVries led the Panthers in free throw percentage all four years, making 302-of-367 (.823) career attempts, while also leading the team for three years in three-point field goal percentage and twice in assists. As a senior, the two-time team captain made 69-of-157 treys for 44.0 percent and had 84 assists for an average of 3.1 per game.
As a junior, DeVries helped lead the Panthers to a mark of 16-12 by dishing out a career-high 90 assists (3.2 apg) and making 101-of-124 free throws for 81.5 percent.
He graduated from UNI in 1998 with a B.A. in elementary education and a minor in physical education. He earned his master’s degree in college counseling from Creighton in 2000.
DeVries was a standout athlete in school at Aplington-Parkersburg (Iowa), and in the spring of 2015 was inducted into the IHSAA Hall of Fame for his playing prowess.
DeVries is the oldest of five kids, all of whom played a sport at the college level. His brother, Jared, was an All-American on the football team at the University of Iowa and was a 12-year member of the Detroit Lions, while another brother, Dusty, also played football for the Hawkeyes. His youngest brother, Jay, played football at Wartburg College and his sister, Jodi, was a Second Team All-MVC selection in volleyball at Northern Iowa.
Darian and his wife, Ashley, have one son, Tucker (13) and one daughter, Tatum (7).
The Darian DeVries File
• Wife - Ashley
• Children – Tucker (13) and Tatum (7)
• Date of Birth - April 7, 1975
Collegiate Coaching Experience
• Creighton - Assistant Coach, 2001-Present
• Creighton - Graduate Manager, 1998-01
Collegiate Playing Experience
• Northern Iowa - Guard, 1993-98
• Creighton - M.S., College Counseling, 2000
• Northern Iowa - B.A., Elementary Education, 1998