Longtime men’s basketball assistant coach Len Gordy is in his ninth year as Creighton’s diversity and inclusion officer for athletics.
He also works in the University’s Multicultural Affairs Office on campus.
In his position, Gordy assists in the recruitment, retention, development and graduation of all minority student-athletes, helps the Operation Bluejay program reach diverse populations in Omaha, and trains all coaches and staff on diversity and inclusion issues.
He also serves on selection committees for head coaching and administrative vacancies in the Department of Athletics while helping to identify qualified minority candidates.
Gordy spent the 2004-05 season as the school’s director of basketball operations after spending the previous 10 seasons on the bench as an assistant coach for the Bluejays.
As director of basketball operations, Gordy coordinated team travel and community outreach and service, while also helping with on-campus recruiting and summer camps.
The 59-year-old Gordy graduated from the University of Arizona in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in radio and television communications.
A native of Chester, Pa., Gordy started his coaching career at his alma mater, spending six seasons as an assistant to Fred Snowden on the Arizona staff.
In July 1983, Gordy moved to Towson University and served as the program’s top assistant for two seasons at the Maryland-based school before spending seven years as an assistant to Cliff Ellis at Clemson University from 1985-92.
In Gordy’s stint as a Clemson assistant, the Tigers averaged more than 17 wins per season and advanced to the postseason five times.
Prior to being named an assistant at Creighton on July 11, 1994, Gordy had spent two years as a teacher in the Atlanta public schools system.
During his playing career at Arizona, Gordy played forward and was voted team captain his senior year (1976-77). As a junior, the Wildcats advanced to the regional final of the NCAA Tournament and finished the season with a 24-9 record. The Cats also made the NCAA Tournament his senior season.
As a four-year letterman, Gordy helped the Wildcats record 81 wins, leading the team in free-throw percentage (.787) as a sophomore. Gordy played in 103 career games, averaging 5.0 points and 3.5 rebounds, and was named the team’s most inspirational player his final three seasons.
Gordy is single and has one son, Kenny.