Darian DeVries returns to the Bluejay bench for a 16th straight season, including the last 13 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 each of the last 15 seasons, including nine NCAA Tournament bids. Creighton has won 20 or more games in 14 of those 15 years. In addition, the Bluejays have won eight of the last 15 MVC Tournaments while going 28-7 in league tourney action in that time.
Since his arrival, Creighton has had 12 First Team All-MVC selections, five MVC 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 five All-American honorees in that time, including First Team All-American Doug McDermott in both 2011-12 and 2012-13.
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, 38, 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 80 of 110 games in the past three seasons, making a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances. Creighton tied the school record with 29 wins in 2011-12, then had 28 more wins in 2012-13.
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 25th 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 is the oldest of five kids, all of whom played a sport at the college level. His oldest 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 younger brother, Dusty, also played football for the Hawkeyes. Another younger brother, Jay, played football at Wartburg College and his younger sister, Jodi, was a Second Team All-MVC selection in volleyball at Northern Iowa.
Darian and his wife, Ashley, have one son, Tucker (11) and one daughter, Tatum (5).
The Darian DeVries File
• Wife - Ashley
• Children – Tucker (11) and Tatum (5)
• 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