In his first season as the Creighton pitching coach, Furlong made an instant impact on the 2015 staff. Bluejay hurlers closed the season with a 3.37 ERA, the lowest mark since 2011 (3.35). In addition Creighton pitchers posted the lowest walk-to-hit ratio (3.5 per nine innings) since 2012.
Furlong spent the 2014 season as the Bluejays' Director of Baseball Operations and held a similar position at University of Iowa in 2012.
Furlong played at Iowa State in 2001, Creighton in 2003 and completed his playing days at Iowa in 2004-05. Recognized academically in all three conferences, Furlong was a Big 12 Scholar Athlete (2001), a Missouri Valley Conference Scholar Athlete (2003) and an Academic All-Big Ten honoree (2005) with the Hawkeyes.
Furlong graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 2005.
As a prep at Iowa City High, Furlong was an elite All-State selection as a senior. He was also a two-time All-State, all-district and all-conference selection. As a senior, he went 7-1 on the mound with a school record 0.37 ERA in guiding the Little Hawks to a 31-10 record.
Servais on Furlong:
“I was impressed with what Brian did for our program last year as the director of baseball operations. He is hard working and has familiarity with our program both as a player and as a member of the staff. I liked some of his ideas on developing a long-throwing program. We are very pleased with his impact on the program already.”