Published Friday, March 29, 2013 AT 8:57 AM / Updated at 8:20 PM
Greg McDermott earns coaching award
Bluejays Today Omaha World-Herald

Creighton men’s basketball coach Greg McDermott has been named as the co-District 16 NABC Coach of the Year. He shares the award with Gregg Marshall from Wichita State.

McDermott is just the fifth Creighton recipient of the award, which dates to 1970. Previous winners include Tom Apke (1978), Tony Barone (1989) and Dana Altman (1999 and 2003). Altman won the award in the Oregon district.

Creighton went 28-8 and won Missouri Valley Conference regular-season and tournament titles. The Bluejays won NCAA Tournament games in back-to-back seasons for the first time, and defeated Cincinnati before falling to No. 6-ranked Duke in the third round.

McDermott is 80-30 after three years at Creighton. His 80 wins in three seasons are the best start by any MVC coach in 50 years, and most of any current third-year coach nationwide.

McDermott is assisted by Darian DeVries, Steve Lutz and Steve Merfeld.

The awards were voted on by McDermott’s coaching peers. Seven of the 27 men honored have been head coaches in the Missouri Valley Conference at some point in their career.

Other winners:

District 1: Joe Mihalich, Niagara District 2: Jim Larranaga, Miami District 3: Chris Holtmann, Gardner-Webb District 4: Jim Crews, St. Louis District 5: John Thompson III, Georgetown District 6: Michael White, Louisiana Tech District 7: Tom Crean, Indiana District 8: Bruce Weber, Kansas State District 9: Mark Few, Gonzaga Co-District 10: Matt Brady, James Madison Co-District 10: Bill Coen, Northeastern District 11: Donnie Tyndall, Southern Mississippi District 12: Jim Molinari, Western Illinois Co-District 13: Tommy Amaker, Harvard Co-District 13: Dave Paulsen, Bucknell District 14: Jim Christian, Ohio District 15: Cy Alexander, North Carolina A&T Co-District 16: Greg McDermott, Creighton Co-District 16: Gregg Marshall, Wichita State District 17: Steve Alford, New Mexico District 18: Tim O’Shea, Bryant District 19: Jeff Neubauer, Eastern Kentucky District 20: Dana Altman, Oregon District 21: Billy Donovan, Florida District 22: Bob McKillop, Davidson District 23: Danny Kaspar, Stephen F. Austin District 24: Kermit Davis, Middle Tennessee State

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