Debbie Conry is in her 23rd season as head coach of the women’s golf program. The dean of Creighton’s coaching staff, Conry has been at Creighton one year longer than softball coach Brent Vigness.
Over the years, Conry’s teams have shown strong commitment to academics while also representing their program and institution with the utmost respect.
In addition to an extensive travel schedule of meets all over the Midwest, Conry’s teams practice at some of Omaha’s finest courses. Happy Hollow Country Club, Oak Hills Country Club, Shoreline Golf Club and Platteview Country Club all host Creighton practices on a regular basis.
Conry has also coached four players to the Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Golfer of the Week honors, and seven student-athletes to 14 MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team honors, including three-time honorees Leigh Sutton, Elizabeth Morell and Karen Beulke. Three ladies, Jennifer Martens (1999), Elizabeth Morell (2002 and 2003) and Celeste Gassman (2013) earned First Team All-MVC recognition under Conry. In addition, Betsy Conry won the State Farm Good Neighbor award in the spring of 2010.
The awards have continued as Creighton moved to the BIG EAST prior to the 2013-14 academic year. In 2014, Creighton won the BIG EAST's Team Academic Excellence Award as the Bluejays had four women earn WGCA All-American Scholar accolades. Creighton then duplicated those feats in 2015 while once again producing four WGCA All-American Scholars and winning the BIG EAST's Team Academic Excellence Award.
Creighton's 2013-14 team ranked fifth nationally in GPA (3.787), while her 2014-15 club moved up a spot to fourth place in the country with a 3.778 GPA.
Perhaps the best-known former Creighton player that Conry had the pleasure of coaching, when she was also the head coach for the Creightons men’s golf program, was PGA professional Scott Gutschewski. The Ralston, Neb., native competed under Conry in the mid-1990’s. After several years on the Nationwide tour, Gutschewski earned his PGA Tour card for the first time in 2005.
In addition to her duties at Creighton, Conry teaches physical education for the Bellevue Public School district and is a mentor for two children. Conry recieved the champion for children award for her teaching and contributions for the youth from the Bellevue/Offutt community in 2007.
Before coming to Creighton, Conry was the head girls golf coach at Bellevue (Neb.) East High School from 1979-85. Conry then held a dual role as head girls golf coach at Bellevue East and head boys golf coach at Bellevue West from 1989-93.
In her 15 years at the high school level, Conry coached teams that reached the state tournment seven times and had six players earn first-team all-state accolades.
As an undergrad at Creighton, Conry was awarded seven letters while competing for the Jays. She earned four letters in golf (1973-1977) and was a three-time honoree in basketball (1973-75, 1976-77). The former Debbie Marchese graduated with a degree in physical education in 1977.
Conry and her husband, Kyle, have one daughter, Betsy (27).