Matt Fritsche joined the Bluejay staff after serving as the head coach at Midland University last season. In his first season at the helm, Fritsche guided the Warriors to a 12-18 record (Midland was 9-21 the previous year). With the Bluejays, Fritsche will take over on-court work with the post players, share the primary recruiting role with Moore and handle the bulk of travel coordination.
A native of Maywood, Neb., Fritsche spent a decade (2002-12) building Bellevue West High School’s girls’ basketball team into a statewide power,
collecting 199 victories against just 56 losses. He guided Bellevue West to three Nebraska Class-A State Championships (2006-07, 2008-09 & 2009-10) and also reached the championship game in 2010-11.
Fritsche brings a host of personal coaching accolades, including being honored as the 2010 Omaha World-Herald Coach of the Year and the 2009 Lincoln Journal Star Coach of the Year. From 2009-11 Fritsche earned coach of the year honors from nine separate organizations. He served on the WBCA Nike All-American Committee, scouting top players from Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and North Dakota. He has also assisted in the selection of players for the WBCA All-American game and aided in determining which players should be eligible for All-American honors.
With strong high school connections across the state, Fritsche has coached four separate age groups of Omaha Crusaders Select teams and was a six-year coach of the Pinnacle Banks/Daubert All-Star Basketball U17 team.
“Having been on the other side of the recruiting equation as a high school and club coach, I think Fritsche’s experience will give us a different perspective in terms of how to recruit,” said Jim Flanery. “Matt is a great person and a really good communicator. I know that he’s a very hard worker and very hungry to coach at Creighton. We believe he can do a lot of things to sustain and improve our program.”
Fritsche already has significant ties to the Creighton women’s program, coaching current Bluejay Alexis Akin-Otiko as well as former Jay Kelsey Woodard at Bellevue West. In addition, Fritsche worked with several former and current Jays at the AAU level including Jasmin Corbin, Katie Frank, Chevelle Herring, Sarah Nelson, Kellie Nelson and Sam Schuett.
“I’ve always wanted to be at Creighton, coach Flanery is a moral, ethical, hard-working man that is easy to want to work for,” said Fritsche.
As a graduate of University of Nebraska-Kearney (1999), Fritsche earned his Master’s in educational leadership from Doane College in (2004). He brings with him his wife, Colleen, and his two year old son, Kellen.
Flanery on Fritsche:
“Matt is a coach who has been able to consistently get the most out of his players and teams. His recent head coaching experience will be an asset to the team and myself. [Fritsche] is a good big picture guy, he knows the importance of team dynamics and how to keep in mind what is best for the team as a whole.”