Jeff Vanderloo enters his fourth season as the program’s director of basketball operations, joining the program in June of 2011.
He helps handle Creighton travel and logistics among his many duties. Last year Vanderloo’s responsibilities increased substantially, as he helped coordinate some of Doug McDermott’s personal appearances and autograph requests during his National Player of the Year campaign.
Before coming to Creighton, Vanderloo spent the previous 19 seasons as the head coach at Sioux City (Iowa) East High School, where he led the Black Raiders to 295 wins and eight state tournament appearances, and helped develop 36 players who went on to play in college. He is the winningest boys high school basketball coach in Sioux City history.
“I’ve known Jeff for 20 years, since I first took the job at Wayne State as a head coach,” said Creighton head coach Greg McDermott at the time of his hiring. “We recruited one of his players at Northern Iowa, Ben Jacobson, and obviously Ben had a great career for us there. I’ve always had tremendous respect for his basketball knowledge. He’s unbelievably organized and someone I have a great deal of trust in, which is very important in this operations position.”
Vanderloo, 51, brought 24 years of coaching experience to the Creighton program. After graduating from Morningside in 1985, he served as an assistant coach at Sioux City East for four seasons (1986-91). After going 16-6 in his lone year as a head coach at Sergeant Bluff-Luton (Iowa), Vanderloo returned to East as head coach.
He led East to a 2002 state title, with former Northern Iowa standout guard Ben Jacobson leading the way. In 2011, he was named one of eight finalists for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association national basketball coach of the year.
Vanderloo is a 10-time District Coach of the Year and was named IBCA State Coach of the Year in 2002. His teams won seven conference titles and won 15 regional championships. He also served on the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association board for a dozen years, including a term as president in 1998.
Basketball is in the blood for the Vanderloo family. His late father, Rich, was a former East boys basketball coach and athletic director. His brother John was head coach at Sioux City North, and another brother, Ras, replaced him as head coach at East. In addition, his brother Jim is an assistant superintendent in the Sioux City school system.
Vanderloo and his wife, Kori, have been married 15 years. The couple has two daughters, Jordan (13) and Jaci (11).
The Jeff Vanderloo File Personal • Wife - Kori • Children - Jordan (13) and Jaci (11) • Date of Birth - Dec. 1, 1962
Career Coaching Experience • Creighton - Director of Basketball Operations, 2011-Present • Sioux City East HS - Head Coach, 1992-2011 • Sergeant Bluff-Luton HS - Head Coach, 1991-92 • Sioux City East HS - Assistant Coach, 1986-91
Collegiate Playing Experience • Morningside - Baseball, 1981-82