Location places Creighton among the top five private The Creighton Campus
Creighton is located in Omaha, Neb., popu- universities in the Midwest, and among the At Creighton, we are committed to having
lation 409,416 with a combined metropoli- top 10 Catholic universities in the nation. the best campus around. The 130-acre
tan population of 1.1 million people in eight And U.S. News & World Report lists Creighton campus is located within walking distance
counties. as a “best value” one of the schools where of downtown Omaha and many recreation-
students get the best return on their tuition al, cultural and entertainment opportunities.
investment. Creighton has also been cited Since 2000, Creighton has invested more
Creighton History as outstanding by other publications, includ- than $190 million in on-campus improve-
Founded in 1878, Creighton University is
ing Money, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and ments and constructed four new build-
a private co-educational university in the Peterson’s Best 311 Colleges. ings, including Michael G. Morrison, S.J.,
United States, founded by the Society of
Stadium, which distinguishes Omaha as
Jesus and one of 28 member institutions
Student Life at Creighton the exclusive host of the region’s only ath-
of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and
• Ten nationally recognized social fraterni- letic facility designed exclusively for soccer.
Universities. The stadium hosts high school, club and
ties and sororities.
• More than 180 active student clubs and international soccer events and a variety
organizations. of Omaha community events. The Hixson-
• High-speed Internet access in each of the Lied Science Building and the renovated
nine residence halls, apartment living for Rigge Science Building and Criss Health
juniors and seniors, and a special hall for Sciences Building are the centerpiece of
graduate and married students. Creighton’s undergraduate and health pro-
• Creighton is a wireless campus, accom- fessions leading approach to teaching and
modating the more than 95 percent of stu- research. Davis Square and Opus Hall are
dents with mobile computing devices. new upperclassmen town homes located on
• Creighton welcomes students of all reli- the east side of campus. Opening in the fall
gious beliefs and the University encourages of 2008, The Josie and Mike Harper Center,
students to participate in faith retreats, faith a 214,000 square foot building, will serve
sharing opportunities and multi-faith ser- as a one-stop environment for many of our
vices. student services.
At the center of the campus is the
historic and recently restored St. John’s
Church, the California Street Mall, the Lied
Creighton students come from every state
Education Center for the Arts, a modern
and more than 40 countries. Of our 6,992
student center and physical fitness facility.
About Creighton Records/History
students, 4,104 are enrolled as undergradu-
Creighton was recognized in 2006 as a
ates, and 2,888 are in the graduate, law,
“best-neighbor” urban university. Creighton
medical, dental, pharmacy, physical therapy
was the only university in Nebraska and its
and occupational therapy programs.
surrounding states identified as an academ-
The Creighton of today is nationally recog-
nized as the leading comprehensive uni-
versity in the Midwest. Creighton is synony-
mous with student centered education and
the setting for significant undergraduate
student research. As one of 28 universities
in America designed in the Jesuit tradition
of academic excellence and service to oth-
ers, Creighton believes in humanistic edu-
cation through service, reflection and learn-
ing. We also seek to create an inclusive,
diverse community at the University. Today,
Creighton offers more than 50 majors in
the undergraduate divisions of Arts and
Sciences, Business Administration and the
School of Nursing, plus seven prestigious
professional schools: graduate, medicine,
dentistry, law, pharmacy, physical therapy
and occupational therapy.
The 2007 freshman academic profile
Opus Hall upperclassmen town homes opened in August 2006.
62 2008 Creighton Baseball
ic institution making a positive contribution
to the local city by dramatically strengthen-
ing the quality of life and economy, as well
as renewing and revitalizing its surrounding
Creighton Service & Outreach
Creighton seeks to educate women and
men who are not only proficient in their
professions, but who are enlivened with a
spirit of service and emboldened to create
a more just world.
• A total of 906 faculty members (717 full-
time, 189 part-time). College Cup showings since 1996. CU Athletics on the Web
• Student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1. • The 2007 softball team won its fourth Visit the official home page of the Bluejays
• At Creighton, the faculty is conducting MVC Tournament in the past five years at http://www.gocreighton.com to get the
internationally recognized work in many while also winning the regular-season title. latest news on Creighton Athletics.
areas, including hereditary cancer, osteo- • The 2007 baseball team won its first • The site contains updated rosters, sched-
porosis, hearing impairment, bone metabo- MVC Tournament title, was nationally- ules, current and archived statistics, media
lism, regional economics and more. ranked, and had three different pitchers guides, photo galleries and links on every-
earn All-America honors. thing related to CU Athletics.
• Creighton ranked 10th nationally in men’s • Live video and audio for men’s and wom-
2006-07 Athletics Highlights soccer attendance, 13th in men’s basket- en’s basketball home games.
• Creighton athletics tied for 23rd nationally ball and 16th in volleyball attendance in • Live stats for basketball, volleyball, soc-
with a 94 percent graduation success rate.
2006-07. cer, baseball and softball.
• Creighton student-athletes owned a • Creighton will co-host the first two rounds
GPA of 3.27 last spring. of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament
• The volleyball team won a modern-record For More Information
at Qwest Center Omaha on March 20 & 22,
21 matches in 2006. For more information on Creighton
2008. Qwest Center Omaha will also host
• The men’s basketball program set an University, check out the University’s Web
the US Olympic Team Trials for Swimming
MVC record with its ninth straight 20-win site at http://www.creighton.edu, or call the
(June 29-July 6) and NCAA Volleyball
season while advancing to the postseason Admissions Office at 1-800-282-5835 (toll
Championships (Dec. 18-20) in 2008.
free) or (402) 280-2703.
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for a 10th consecutive season in 2006-07. • Creighton serves as the annual host
• The men’s soccer team capped its 15th institution for the NCAA College World
consecutive NCAA Tournament appear- Creighton Directory
Series. June 14-25, 2008 will mark the
ance in 2006 while remaining the only Area Code: 402
59th consecutive year the CWS comes to
program with at least one selection in every Campus Operator 280-2700
Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha.
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“Hilltoppers,” but that name lost favor because at least School of Nursing 280-2004
six other teams in the country also used the same nick- Pharmacy & Health Professions 280-2950
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by asking readers to submit possibilities. After reviewing Residence Life 280-2717
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because of the school’s colors, blue and white.
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athletics program known officially as the Bluejays.
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President Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J.
the fall of 2006, Creighton opened Opus Hall, He is a member of numerous interna-
one of two new resident town homes offer- tional, national and local boards of directors,
ing apartment living for junior and seniors. executive committees and associations. Fr.
Creighton also is scheduled to open the Mike Schlegel is a past member of the board
and Josie Harper Center for Student Life and of trustees of Chicago’s Loyola University,
Learning in late-summer 2008. This unique Xavier University, Loyola University of the
facility will serve as a dramatic “front door” to South, Saint Louis University and Loyola
the University, consolidating traditional stu- College in Maryland. Fr. Schlegel also is a
dent support services into one study-friendly director of the American International School
location. Add to that the new Michael G. of Hong Kong.
Morrison, S.J., Stadium, which is among the In Omaha, he serves on several boards
premier college campus soccer facilities in including Creighton University Medical Center,
the nation. Creighton Preparatory School, Duchesne
Prior to his service at the University of Academy and Opera Omaha. He is a mem-
San Francisco, Fr. Schlegel was Creighton ber of the board of directors and serves on the
University’s assistant academic vice presi- Executive Committees of the Greater Omaha
dent (1978-82), academic dean of Rockhurst Chamber of Commerce, Joslyn Art Museum
College (1982-84), dean of arts and sciences and Mid-America Council, Boy Scouts of
Under the leadership of Creighton President at Marquette University (1984-88), and exec- America. In 2007, he became a distinguished
the Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J., Creighton utive and academic vice president at John Eagle Scout.
University is nationally recognized as the pre- Carroll University (1988-91). Previously, he has held numerous board
mier comprehensive university in the Midwest Fr. Schlegel, a native of Dubuque, Iowa, positions with an array of organizations includ-
and is experiencing a new era of growth and entered the Society of Jesus in 1963 and was ing St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation,
prosperity. ordained in 1973. He holds B.A. and M.A. Il Cenacolo, Coro, World Affairs Council
Fr. Schlegel became Creighton University’s degrees from Saint Louis University; a B.D. of Northern California, the Association of
23rd president in August 2000, following nine honors degree in theology from the University Catholic Colleges and Universities, the
years as president of the University of San of London; and a doctorate in international National Association of Independent Colleges
Francisco. relations from Oxford University. and Universities, where he served as chair
Through his vision, the University is of the National Student Aid Task Force,
embarking on its most ambitious campus and Heythrop College at the University of
expansion in its 129-year history. Creighton London.
About Creighton Records/History
University is becoming a national model Fr. Schlegel also has served on accredi-
showcasing a dynamic faith-based living and tation site visits for the North Central
learning community in a 21st century urban Association, and was a consultant to the
environment. Organization for Economic Development and
In 2005, Fr. Schlegel announced WILLING TO Cooperation based in Paris.
LEAD: THE CAMPAIGN FOR CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY In May of 2004 the Woodmen of the
– an ambitious $350 million capital campaign World Life Insurance Society Lodge 1 in
designed to secure Creighton’s place as one Omaha presented him with the 2004 Honored
of the premier Jesuit, Catholic universities in Citizen Award for his outstanding leadership
the United States. of Creighton University. For his promotion of
Since he arrived the University has added understanding and respect among all races,
more than 20 acres to its campus and invest- religions and cultures, Fr. Schlegel received
ed more than $190 million in new construc- the Otto Swanson Spirit of Service Award
tion, renovation and campus improvement. from the National Conference for Community
Already recognized as a leader in science and Justice in May 2003. Fr. Schlegel also
education, the University has renovated many received the first Champion of Greatness
of its science-related facilities and is home to Award from Special Olympics Nebraska. In
the new state-of-the-art Hixson-Lied Science 2007, he received the Distinguished Eagle
Scout Award from the Mid-America Council,
Building. This integrated science center and
the Creighton University Medical Center pro- Boy Scouts of America. He was inducted as
vide a national model for interdisciplinary the Omaha Press Club’s 114th “Face on the
health sciences education and research. Barroom Floor” on Oct. 11, 2007.
Creighton’s expanding campus offers a He enjoys opera, classical music, gourmet
Fr. Schlegel became Creighton’s 23rd
welcoming environment for all students. In president in August, 2000. cooking, racket sports and the outdoors.
64 2008 Creighton Baseball
Athletics Director Bruce Rasmussen
2007 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference men’s and women’s tennis teams all have
Men’s Soccer Tournament. received national awards for their academic
Additionally, the Creighton volleyball team success. Bluejay student-athletes consistently
found a new home at the venerable Omaha own GPA’s of 3.25 or above.
Civic Auditorium in 2003. The move closer to Creighton’s primary annual fundraising
campus paid big dividends, as the program events are the Bluejay Bash and the Bluejay
has increased its attendance nearly 700 per- Jamboree. Under Rasmussen’s supervi-
cent in the past four years. sion, each of these events continues to raise
The Bluejay softball and baseball pro- record-breaking funds for Creighton athletics.
grams also have enjoyed upgrades at the Most notably, the 2006 Jamboree generated
Kitty Gaughan Pavilion and the CU Sports more than $291,000 through its gourmet din-
Complex. The baseball facility received a new ner, raffle and auction.
Field Turf infield in the fall of 2006, while the The successful fundraising efforts have
softball side of the venue had chairback seat- allowed Creighton to enhance its soccer, base-
ing and a permanent press box installed prior ball and softball facilities under Rasmussen’s
to the 2007 season. leadership. In 1998, the $1.7 million Student-
And scheduled to open by the end of 2008 Athlete Support Center renovation project was
is another new on-campus facility. The Ryan completed in the Old Gymnasium, resulting in
Athletics Center and D.J. Sokol Arena, a seven new team locker rooms, an expanded
Bruce Rasmussen is in his 14th year 46,000 square-foot facility, will house a gymna- athletic training facility, new offices and stor-
as director of athletics, and 28th overall at sium seating 2,500-3,000, women’s basketball age space and an academic learning center.
Creighton University. and volleyball coaches’ offices, locker rooms, The centerpiece of the project is The Parker
During his tenure, Creighton has risen to ticket offices, athletic training and meeting Family Foundation Academic Learning Center,
prominence with its success on-and-off the rooms, media workrooms and much more. which houses the athletic department’s aca-
field, impressive new facilities and record- Rasmussen also has continued to make demic support team and features 20 computer
breaking fundraising efforts. outstanding hires at every opportunity. Most stations and private study areas.
The men’s soccer team is one of four recently, Kirsten Bernthal Booth has helped Rasmussen accepted the associate athlet-
schools to appear in each of the last 16 the volleyball team improve by 18 wins in her ics director position in 1992 after a 12-year run
NCAA Tournaments, while the men’s bas- first four seasons, while Ed Servais earned as the winningest coach in Creighton women’s
ketball team is just the second team in MVC Coach of the Year honors in three of his basketball history (196-147), culminating in the
the 101-year history of the Missouri Valley first four years. program’s historic 1991-92 season.
Conference to reach the postseason in 10 Another recent hire, women’s basketball’s The 1992 Western Athletic Conference
straight campaigns. Combined, Creighton is Jim Flanery, matched the league record with Coach of the Year, Rasmussen led the
Records/History About Creighton
the only school in the country that can claim 48 wins in his first two seasons. He led his 1991-92 Bluejay women to a program-record
10 consecutive postseason appearances in first three teams to the postseason. CU’s 2004 28 wins (28-4), the WAC regular-season and
men’s soccer and men’s basketball. women’s basketball team won the school’s tournament championships and a first-round
The Creighton softball team has made first postseason national title of any kind when NCAA Tournament victory in the program’s
four NCAA Tournament appearances in they won the WNIT. first-ever trip to the “Big Dance.” With that
the last five years, while the baseball team A member of the College World Series 28-4 record in 1991-92, Rasmussen complet-
won a MVC regular-season title in 2005 and of Omaha, Inc., Executive Committee, ed his college coaching career with a 196-147
MVC Tournament title in 2007 while spend- Rasmussen plays a vital role in Creighton record, good for a .571 winning percentage.
ing time in the national rankings in each of and the city of Omaha remaining as host of the After serving as associate athletics direc-
the past three seasons. Creighton was the College World Series. The CWS has estab- tor for two years, 1992-94, Rasmussen was
nation’s only school to win league tourna- lished new attendance records in four of the named athletics director on Aug. 1, 1994.
ments in baseball, men’s basketball and men’s past five years at Rosenblatt Stadium. A 1971 graduate of Northern Iowa,
soccer in 2006-07. Rasmussen was one of four regional winners Rasmussen came to Creighton from Bettendorf
Four Creighton teams moved to new facili- from the National Association of Collegiate (Iowa) High School, where he put together a
ties in 2003-04. The men’s basketball team Directors of Athletics (NACDA) to take home three-year girl’s basketball coaching record of
moved to the riverfront to play in the brand- a 2004 GeneralSports TURF Systems AD of 64-15. His 1978-79 club posted a mark of 27-2
new, $291 million, Qwest Center Omaha. Last the Year Award. and finished second at the state tournament.
winter, the Jays averaged an MVC-record In terms of academics, Creighton’s reputa- Rasmussen also coached at Maxwell (Iowa)
15,909 fans per game and ranked 13th nation-
tion as one of the nation’s top academic insti- High School, with a four-year record of 66-26,
ally in attendance. tutions is reflected in the success the Bluejay and Murray (Iowa) High School, with a two-
The Michael G. Morrison, S.J., Stadium student-athletes have had in the classroom year ledger of 31-13.
opened as one of the premier soccer venues during Rasmussen’s service as athletics direc- A native of Webster City, Iowa,
in the country. Located on the east edge of tor. Creighton’s baseball, men’s basketball, Rasmussen and his wife, Jill, have five chil-
the Creighton campus, the complex includes women’s basketball, volleyball, men’s and dren: Megan (22), David (20), John (16), Katy
6,000 seats and served as the home for the women’s cross country, women’s soccer and (12) and Grace (9).
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Omaha is a rich cultural city with a dynam- is located in Omaha.
ic business community. Ranked by Forbes Omaha’s unemployment rate has remained
magazine as one of the Top 10 Best Places well under the national average during the
for Business and Careers, Omaha balances past decade. Still, Omaha has accommo-
Midwest values with big-city life in the heart of dated new growth. During the 1990s, the
America. It showcases numerous nationally Omaha metro area added more than 84,000
recognized and world-renowned attractions. jobs, an increase of more than 25 percent.
A center for information technology, tele- Omaha is a cultural center of the Great
communications, transportation and food Plains, with more than 20 live theaters (three
processing, Omaha is the center of a metro- that produce original works), a profession-
politan area of about 734,270, with more than al opera company, a regional professional
one million people within a 50-mile radius. symphony orchestra, a professional chil-
Omaha is located near the geographic center dren’s theater, a children’s museum and a
of the United States, on the west bank of the youth orchestra. Joslyn Art Museum and the
Missouri River that forms the Nebraska-Iowa Durham Western Heritage Museum are the
border. The metro Omaha area has seen two largest of many area art and historical
steady growth over the past five decades offerings.
and is now the 42nd largest city and 61st The Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo has an
largest metro area in the nation. international reputation for its breeding pro-
Omaha boasts an outstanding public edu- grams, and its outstanding “no bars” facility
cation system. Nebraska ranks among the boasts the world’s largest indoor rain forest,
top states nationally for ACT and SAT scores. cat complex and aviary. Its newest additions
For 129 years, Omaha has been home to are a salt water aquarium, the most techni-
Creighton University, which is known as the cally advanced in the country, an IMAX
best comprehensive Jesuit institution in the theater, the largest indoor desert in the world
nation, consistently at the top of U.S. News and a gorilla complex.
& World Report annual rankings. Outstanding sporting events in the area
Omaha serves as headquarters for four include the annual NCAA College World
Forbes 500 companies: Berkshire Hathaway, Series, for which Creighton serves as host,
ConAgra Foods, Union Pacific Corp., and Omaha Royals (AAA baseball), the Omaha A view of the Omaha skyline at night.
Mutual of Omaha Companies. More than Lancers (U.S. Hockey League), the Omaha
20 insurance companies, two dozen direct Beef (United Indoor Football League) and
About Creighton Records/History
response/telemarketing centers and a num- a wide variety of collegiate and individual
ber of other national and international firms sports.
also have headquarters in Omaha. The With all the city has to offer, Omaha enjoys
headquarters of STRATCOM, a vital military a cost of living ranging up to 13 percent
nerve center located at Offutt Air Force Base, below the national average.
Qwest Center Omaha is home to Creighton men’s basketball. In 2008 it will host the first-and-second rounds For the 59th consecutive year, Omaha will serve
of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament (March), the US Olympic Team Trials for Swimming (July) and as host city for the NCAA College World Series at
NCAA Volleyball Championships (December). Rosenblatt Stadium, June 14-25, 2008.
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Creighton Athletics Staff Directory
Creighton Athletics Department Creighton Head Coaches
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE 68178
Phone: (402) 280-2720
Fax: (402) 280-5596
Dana Kirsten Dan Debbie Bruce Erickson Jim
Altman Bernthal Booth Chipps Conry Women’s Flanery
Men’s Volleyball Women’s Women’s Golf Soccer Women’s
Basketball 280-5794 Crew 280-1722 280-5553 Basketball
Baseball Staff 280-1795 280-1817 280-4741
Head Coach Ed Servais (402) 280-2483
E-mail address email@example.com
Assistant Coach Rob Smith (402) 280-5545
E-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Coach Jason Shockey (402) 280-2628
E-mail address email@example.com
Bob Tom Ed Brent Bob John
Volunteer Assistant Coach Joe Cicora (402) 280-3877 Hanson Lilly Servais Vigness Warming Wissler
E-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org Men’s Golf Men’s Baseball Softball Men’s Soccer Men’s
280-3008 & Women’s 280-2483 280-2949 280-5785 & Women’s
Kitty Gaughan Pavilion Fax (402) 280-5870 Tennis Cross Country
Creighton Administration and Support Staff
Rob Anderson Margaret Dustin Steve Mark Dr. John Lisa Lou Dr. Timothy Brent
Records/History About Creighton
Sports Bennett Bode Brace Burgers Cernech Chipps D’Ercole Dickel Elsasser
Information Administrative Marketing & Asst. AD / Marketing & Creighton Vice Academic Business Faculty Sports
280-5544 Assistant Promotions Internal Ops. Promotions President Support Manager Representative Information
280-2720 280-1460 280-2484 280-1475 280-2775 280-5832 280-2125 280-2230 280-5801
Barb Patty Len Bob Sharon Kim T.J. Carol Brandon Ben
Epps Galas Gordy Hanson Hanson Higgins Isaacs Ketcham McCarville McNair
Administrative Administrative Diversity & Compliance Assoc. AD / Special Events Ticketing Special Events Facilities Athletic
Assistant Assistant Inclusion 280-3008 SWA 280-2984 280-5716 Coordinator 280-1869 Training
280-5577 280-1795 280-5784 280-5561 280-1794 280-5563
Satoshi Bruce Adrian Kevin Curtis Rob Julie Matt Mike Steve
Ochi Rasmussen Rider Sarver Self Simms Tuttle Wallace West Woita
Strength & Athletics Ticketing Asst. AD / Athletic Sports Athletic Athletic Asst. AD / Strength &
Conditioning Director 280-3371 External Ops. Training Information Training Training Marketing Conditioning
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Academic and Athletic Success Outstanding Student-Athletes
• Creighton’s student-athletes combined for a 3.29 GPA in the 2007 fall semester, equaling the
highest fall semester GPA on record. The student-athletes also own a 3.29 cumulative GPA. Creighton prides itself on the quality education it provides for
• The NCAA recently introduced a new tool for the evaluation of the academic quality of its student-athletes. Those listed below were members of the
participating programs. The Academic Progress Report is intended to gauge the progress Dean’s List (3.5 GPA) in 2006-07.
student-athletes are making to degree completion and graduation. Creighton had a Valley- Baseball Cross Country (M) Kyla Hoskins
best seven teams post multi-year APR scores in the 10 percent of all squads in their respec- Ian Dike Matt Barnes* Shawn Magrum
tive sports: baseball, men’s golf, men’s tennis, women’s basketball, women’s cross country, Chris Gradoville Kyle Berens* Tristan Moser-Bleil
Greg Hellhake Peter Cole* J. O’Neill-Hedlund*
women’s soccer and women’s tennis.
• An impressive 88 of Creighton’s 245 student-athletes (35.9 percent) earned a 3.50 GPA or Robbie Knight Bob Robinson* Ally Peetz
Pat Krebs Anne Peetz*
better during the Fall 2007 semester, including four baseball players.
Bobby Lackovic Cross Country (W) Katy Peetz*
• Seventeen student-athletes earned 4.00 GPA’s in the Fall 2007 semester. Michael Lam* Megan Foste Sydney Reeves
• Creighton had 131 student-athletes make the Dean’s List at least once last year, including 70 Ben Mancuso* Melissa Greig* Sam Russell*
student-athletes who earned the honor both semesters. Teddy Ogilvie* Krista Hannon* Lindsay Vaught*
• Seventy percent (172) of student-athletes earned at least a 3.00 GPA in the Fall 2007 semester, T.J. Roemmich* Molly Jergenson* Kristine Willrett
including 19 members of the baseball team. Darin Ruf Celeste Lorenzo* Valerie Zimmerer
• Sixty-six percent (162) of student-athletes have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher.
Basketball (M) Liz Murray Softball
• Thirteen of 14 teams achieved a 3.0 GPA or better in the Fall 2007 semester. Aaron Brandt* Stephanie Mary Egan*
• Creighton owns 27 CoSIDA Academic All-American honors. Nate Funk Righeimer* Lau Emmsley-Chang
Pierce Hibma* Anne Staehli Michelle Koch
All-Time Academic All-Americans Dustin Sitzmann* Kari Tanimoto* Tara Oltman*
Rick Apke, 1978 Michael Lindeman, 2003, 2004 Anthony Tolliver* Lindsay Wettergreen Kaycee Points*
Krystle Campa, 2003 Christy Lunceford, 1997 Jamie Reiss*
Zach Daeges, 2005, 2006 Jessica Powers, 1999 Basketball (W) Golf (M) Jess Stigge*
Sara Cain* Austin Andersen* Jessica Wakasugi
Brody Deren, 2004 Jamie Reiss, 2007 Katie Frank Andy Brooks*
Becky Flynn, 1995 Ernie Rongish, 1973 Jess Lammers* Tom Gross Tennis (M)
Christine Fukumoto, 2005 Dave Schrage, 1983 Megan Neuvirth Matt Kouri* Ross Allen*
Heidi Geier, 1998, 1999 Paul Silas, 1964 Sam Schuett Michael McDonnell* Nikita Dudar
Emily Greisch, 2006 Jean Tierney, 1983 Ally Thrall* Michael Elson*
Bill Hahn, 1993 Anthony Tolliver, 2007 Golf (M) Jose Guerra
Shane Havens, 2003 Carrie Welle, 1998 Women’s Crew Maureen Gross* Ben Kopecky*
Dan Lawler, 1999, 2000, 2001 Matt Wieland, 2005 Molly Ambler Paige Pahlke* Chris Miller*
Jacqueline Ariniello* Brittany Pepler*
Marnie Bothmer Leigh Sutton* Tennis (W)
Academic Learning Sonja Brooks Jen Burge*
Rebecca Bullard Soccer (M) Katie Chiu
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Abby Coleman Colin Campbell Lindsey Erickson*
Callan Driscoll* Nic Christou Tess Reddin
Student-athletes’ demand for academic
Sarah Fredrick* Nick Ellefson* Nicole Thurston*
support has increased dramatically as they Megan Geyer* Pietari Holopainen Jodi Yanagida*
attempt to balance a full academic load with Kelley Hammond Andrew Peterson*
athletics. The recruitment, retention and Courtney Hanson Trent Senske* Volleyball
graduation of student-athletes is vital to the Salima Hasham Seth Sinovic Abby Baumann*
success of collegiate athletics. Maureen Healy Jarod Tarver Emily Greisch*
Creighton University’s Student-Athlete Nicole Lindseth* Zach Torgersen* Jessica Houts
Steve Brace Kristi Lorenzen Jeremy Wittig Julianne Jackson*
Support Center was a major renovation of
Assistant AD - Director of Dayna Miyashiro* Katie Mehal*
existing space in the Creighton Gymnasium,
Student-Athlete Support Services Julie Peacock Soccer (W) Sarah Schulze*
with the goal of enlarging and improving lock- Kara Pegram Gretta Arvesen* Kristi Woodard
er rooms and support facilities. In addition to Alexa Romero* Katie Brennan*
new locker rooms, the 13,000-square-foot Mary Schrader Kristen Casey
Support Center includes The Parker Family Susan Silverman Heather Currie*
Foundation Academic Learning Center, staff Katie Smart Nicole DeLue
offices, an expanded athletic medicine area Noemi Solano Heather Duncan*
Christina Soto Marcy Gans
and additional athletics storage space.
Shelby Takeshita* Katie Heitke*
The Parker Family Foundation Academic Anna Vogel Eden Hingwing
Learning Center includes staff offices, 20 Lisa Werner*
computer stations, study tables, sound-proof (*Earned Dean’s List honors both semesters)
carrels for tutoring and partitions to divide
the area into sections for quiet, individual or
Lisa Chipps group study.
Assistant Academic The Blue and White Fund was established
Coordinator by former Creighton student-athletes, alumni
and friends to support this $1.7 million reno-
vation project, which was completed in the
fall of 1998.
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Creighton University athletic trainers work in cooperation with, and under the supervision of, physicians to provide the best
possible care for student-athletes. It has a staff of four full-time certified and state licensed athletic trainers and two graduate
assistant certified and state licensed athletic trainers. Athletic Training students also gain clinical experience as they help serve
the sports medicine needs of Creighton student-athletes.
The mission of Creighton University Athletic Training is to
serve as the initial allied health care provider for Creighton
University student-athletes and to provide access to other
health care professionals as needed. Services include
prevention, assessment, management and rehabilitation of
athletic-related injuries and illnesses.
CU Athletic Training is committed to the highest stan-
dards of care consistent with the National Athletic Trainers
Association Code of Professional Practice and the creden- Athletic Trainer
tialing statutes of the state of Nebraska.
Curtis Self will serve as the baseball athletic trainer.
Strength and Conditioning
Creighton student-athletes benefit from a year-round strength training and conditioning program in the Frank J. Iwersen
Strength and Conditioning Facility.
The 4,000-square-foot facility in the Vinardi Athletic Center gives
Creighton student-athletes one of the finest strength
and conditioning facilities in the country for a school
that does not sponsor football.
The facility features five Olympic platforms with
complete sets of Olympic bumper plates, the most
up-to-date weight training machines, a free weight
area with over 10,000 pounds of weights including a
complete set of dumbbells, functional training equip-
Records/History About Creighton
Satoshi Ochi ment, aerobic training equipment, and video and
Strength & Conditioning audio systems to help the staff monitor and teach
This facility serves as the focal point for all strength and conditioning
activities for Creighton student-athletes.
Omaha’s Rosenblatt Stadium is the annual home of the College World Series, with Creighton serving as the host institution.
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Attendance MVC All-Centennial Team that are awarded to student-athletes on a yearly
Creighton has consistently been in the top-50 As part of its centennial celebration, the Missouri basis. Most of these scholarships go toward
nationally in home attendance for Division I Valley Conference named a baseball all-centenni- helping fifth-year student-athletes who have com-
schools. In 2007, the Bluejays ranked 40th in al team in 2007. Creighton was well- pleted their athletic eligibility. Below are the last
average home attendance with a 1,553 per-game represented, as nine Bluejays were names of donors with endowed scholarships that
total, after coming in 25th nationally in 2006. selected. are available to baseball players:
Last season, Creighton defeated Nebraska, Tony Roth (2002-05) was one of Baseball Only: Palmer, Mangiameli, Quinlan
9-2, before 18,316 fans at Rosenblatt Stadium on five players selected at second base. All Sports: Jensen, Mailliard, Barr, Dippel,
May 15, the second-highest single-game total in Scott Servais (1986-88) at catcher Alan Benes Bevilacqua, Remde, Leavitt, Gibson (minority)
the country in 2007. In fact, the Bluejay-Husker and Zach Daeges (2003-06) at third
rivalry has been played in front of six of the 26 base were each one of only four play- Missouri Valley Conference
largest regular season single-game crowds in ers selected at their positions. The Creighton baseball team has been a
NCAA history. In 2006, the CU-NU matchup was 1991 National Player of the Year member of the Missouri Valley Conference since
attended by 21,158 fans, the eighth-largest total in Scott Stahoviak (1989-91) was select- the 1977 season. Prior to joining the Valley, the
college baseball history. ed as a utility player. Oneri Fleita Scott Stahoviak Bluejays played as an independent.
(1987-88) was voted to the team as The oldest conference headquartered west
College World Series one of four designated hitters. of the Mississippi River,
In the outfield, Dave Schrage The Valley is in its 101st
The NCAA Division I College World Series has
(1980-83) was chosen as one of nine
called Omaha home every year since 1950 and year of existence and
outfielders. He is the only person to began sponsoring base-
Creighton University serves as the host institu-
earn all-conference honors as a player ball in 1947.
tion for the event. Annually drawing more than
and later receive the league’s Coach Steve Grasley
225,000 fans to the 11-day event, the College
of the Year award.
World Series is one of the nation’s premier sport- Major Leaguers
Alan Benes (1991-93) and Dan Smith (1988-90)
ing events, matching college baseball’s top eight The Creighton program has seen its share
were voted onto the team as starting pitchers.
teams in a double-elimination tournament for the of athletes move on to the professional ranks.
Steve Grasley (2001-04) received the nod as a
national championship. The Jays have had 71 players drafted by Major
The 2008 CWS will League Baseball teams since 1955 with 15 of
be the 59th in Omaha them making it to a 40-man roster. This includes
and is scheduled for Hall of Fame
28 signees in the 1990s and 15 since 2000.
June 14-25 at Johnny In addition to his status as a Major League
Some of the more notable names from
Rosenblatt Stadium. Baseball Hall of Famer, Bob
Creighton’s history are Bob Gibson, Dave McKay,
Gibson was the first Bluejay induct-
Dennis Rasmussen, Scott Servais, Kimera Bartee,
All-Americans ed into the Creighton University
Scott Stahoviak and Alan Benes.
Athletics Hall of Fame in 1968.
The Creighton baseball program has pro- Most recently the names of Zach Daeges,
The Creighton Hall of Fame now
duced 14 All-Americans in its history, including Adam Schaecher, Marc Lewis and Chase
boasts 58 members, including 10
four first-teamers in the 1990s: Dan Smith (1990), Odenreider have been added to the list.
former baseball players.
Scott Stahoviak (1991), Chad McConnell (1992) Bob Gibson
Joining Gibson in the Creighton
and Ryan Gripp (1999).
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Athletics Hall of Fame are Oneri Fleita (2000), Gil
Others who have received All-America recogni-
Passarella (1984), Dennis Rasmussen (1993), Five Bluejay baseball players -- Chad
tion include Scott Servais (1988), Mike Heathcott
Randy Schwartz (1994), Jim Hendry (2001), Scott McConnell, Chad Meyers, Dennis Rasmussen,
(1991), Peyton Lewis (1999), Steve Grasley
Servais (2003), Scott Stahoviak (2005), Mike Scott Servais and Dan Smith -- have repre-
(2004), Tony Roth (2004), Scott Reese (2005)
Heathcott (2006) and 2007 inductee Mike Finley. sented the United States in international com-
and Zach Daeges (2006).
petition. Scott Servais was a member of the
Last season, three pitchers received All-America
Fight Song gold-medal-winning baseball team at the 1988
honors. Ambidextrous reliever Pat Venditte was
named an All-American by four different publi- The Creighton University Fight Song is “The
Creighton was ranked in the latest Top
cations, starter Ben Mancuso was a third-team White and the Blue,” with words and music by
50 USA Baseball National Team Collegiate
selection by Collegiate Baseball and reliever Gordon Richmond.
Programs by USA Baseball. The Bluejays came
Andy Masten earned second-team laurels from
“The White and the Blue! in tied for 23rd in the
Colors two, it is you we defend. rankings, which are
Fearless for you, based on a program’s
Dr. Lee C. Bevilacqua our might to the fight we will lend. contributions to the
Inducted into the Creighton So: wave, colors, wave U.S. National Team.
University Athletic Hall of Fame in We will fight on for your glory.
1988, Bevilacqua became the first White and Blue!
person associated with Creighton We will fight till the fight is won.”
Athletics to be honored by the
Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Jaybackers
Fame when he was presented the The booster group for Creighton Athletics, the
MVC Award of Merit at the Hall of Fame induction Jaybackers, contributed over $2 million to the
ceremonies Sept. 1, 1998, in St. Louis. athletic department last year, primarily through
Dr. Lee C. Bevilacqua was Creighton’s volunteer membership donations and the annual Jaybacker
team physician for 32 years (1962-82, 1986-98) until Jamboree held in November.
his passing in October of 1998, while on a road trip
with the Bluejay men’s soccer team.
Endowed Scholarships Scott Servais Dennis Rasmussen
During his years of service, Bevilacqua never
Through the generosity of its supporters,
received monetary compensation and always paid
Creighton has established endowed scholarships
his own way when he traveled with teams.
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CU’s Major League Connections Northwoods League
Known as one of the premier summer collegiate baseball wooden bat leagues in the coun-
Player Year Organization
Gerald J. Shea 1905 St. Louis Cardinals try, many Northwoods League rosters have included Creighton players in recent years. Eight
Joseph Lotz 1916 St. Louis Cardinals Bluejays on the 2008 roster played in the Northwoods League last summer. In addition, current
Hugh (Hal) Luby 1931 Philadelphia Athletics CU assistant coaches Rob Smith and Jason Shockey have previously been head coaches of
Gene Sullivan 1955 St. Louis Cardinals the league’s Wisconsin Woodchucks and Waterloo Bucks, respectively.
Frank Slezak 1955 St. Louis Cardinals Junior Darin Ruf and senior Pat Venditte of the Wisconsin Woodchucks were both selected Tom Oldham
Fritz Stanek 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers to the 2007 mid-season Northwoods All-Star team and Ruf was also named to the post-season
Bob Gibson 1957 St. Louis Cardinals
all-star team. In addition, Ruf was named the league’s best offensive first baseman after hitting
Don Brummer 1957 New York Yankees
Gil Passarella 1970 New York Yankees
.348 last summer. In 2005, Zach Daeges became the first player in NWL history to win the Triple
Dave McKay 1971 Minnesota Twins Crown, batting .366 while hitting 13 home runs and driving in 48 runs for the Waterloo Bucks.
John Sturgeon 1972 San Diego Padres Creighton players have been successful for years in the NWL. Former Bluejays Steve Grasley
Cliff Cuadreuil 1972 Baltimore Orioles and Tom Oldham were named to the Northwoods League All-
Jim Otto 1972 New York Yankees Decade Team that was announced in 2004. Grasley’s 19 saves
Jim Lemon 1973 Kansas City Royals during the summer of 2002 was a NWL record. He returned in 2003 as a
Dennis Froehlich 1974 San Francisco Giants starter and led the NWL with nine wins and 91 strikeouts for the league
Abner Johnson 1977 Minnesota Twins
champion Wisconsin Woodchucks. Also a member of the Woodchucks,
Dennis Rasmussen 1980 California Angels
Daryl Stoval 1982 Chicago White Sox
Oldham’s 0.74 ERA in 2001 is the lowest in NWL history. Wisconsin also won
Donald Montgomery 1983 Montreal Expos the league championship in 2001 behind Oldham’s 6-1 record.
Doug Palmer 1983 Minnesota Twins
Kevin Kristan 1983 Chicago White Sox Creighton University Athletic Hall of Fame
Tom Traen 1983 Montreal Expos
Eric Campbell 1984 Chicago White Sox
Rick Apke 1989 Dick Harvey 1983 Jessica Powers Davis 2007
Tom Drees 1985 Chicago White Sox
Jeff Kopyta 1986 Oakland Athletics Tom Apke 1995 Mike Heathcott 2006 Dennis Rasmussen 1993
Dave Hartnett 1986 Seattle Mariners Edward Beisser 1977 Jim Hendry 2001 Roman Roh, D.D.S. 1981
Shaun Daly 1987 Kansas City Royals Lee C. Bevilacqua, M.D. 1988 E.S. “Eddie” Hickey 1973 Sebastian “Subby” Salerno 1986
Brad Kucera 1987 Milwaukee Brewers
Scott Servais 1988 Houston Astros
Ralph Bobik 1988 Mary Higgins 1987 Randy Schwartz 1994
Oneri Fleita 1988 Baltimore Orioles Kelly Brookhart Prokupek 2003 Lance Hill 2007 Scott Servais 2003
Dan Johnston 1988 Chicago Cubs Conrad “Cornie” Collin 1991 Werner Jensen, M.D. 1975 Paul Silas 1974
Eric Boddie 1988 Los Angeles Dodgers
Keith DeFini 2005 John C. Johnson 1991 Scott Stahoviak 2005
Dan Smith 1990 Texas Rangers
Randy Eccker 1999 Brian Kamler 2002 Shannon Struby 2006
Scott Stahoviak 1991 Minnesota Twins
Dax Jones 1991 San Francisco Giants Mike Finley 2007 John Knolla 1978 Eddie Sutton 1997
Steve Hinton 1991 Kansas City Royals Oneri Fleita 2000 Donald Knowles 1969 Jean Tierney Holt 1990
Mike Heathcott 1991 Chicago White Sox
Ryan Martindale 1991 Cleveland Indians Donald Fleming 1976 Ralph “Swede” Langer 2000 Johnny Torres 2004
Bobby Langer 1991 Chicago White Sox Becky Flynn Jensen 2005 Leonard “Jimmy” Lovley, D.D.S. 1969 John Trautman, M.D. 1980
Chad McConnell 1992 Philadelphia Phillies Heidi Geier Woodard 2006 Dr. Ralph Mailliard 1972 Rev. Maurice Van Ackeren, S.J. 1971
Rick Freehling 1992 Florida Marlins
Bob Gibson 1968 Kevin McKenna 1998 Tanya Warren 1996
Alan Benes 1993 St. Louis Cardinals
Brian O’Brien 1993 Minnesota Twins Pam Gradoville Simon 1999 John J. “Red” McManus 1979 William Worthing 1970
Brian O’Connor 1993 Philadelphia Phillies Kathy Halligan 2002 Gil Passarella 1984 Connie Yori 1992
Records/History About Creighton
Troy Schulte 1993 Houston Astros
Gene Harmon 1985 Ira Philson 2003 Mary Yori 1992
Kimera Bartee 1993 Baltimore Orioles
Aaron Puffer 1993 California Angels Bob Harstad 2002 Bob Portman 1982
* Former baseball players in Italics
Eric Maloney 1993 Los Angeles Dodgers Rev. Robert J. Hart, S.J. 2001 Anthony F. Porto, Sr., D.D.S. 1990
Rick Heiserman 1994 Cleveland Indians
Dan Hower 1994 Texas Rangers
Eric Dantzler 1994 San Francisco Giants
Gary Dose 1995 Minnesota Twins
Tyson Kimm 1995 Philadelphia Phillies
Mike Mahoney 1995 Atlanta Braves
Mike Stick 1995 Chicago Cubs
A.J. Walkanoff 1995 Los Angeles Dodgers
Chad Meyers 1996 Chicago Cubs
Kevin Frederick 1998 Minnesota Twins
Ryan Gripp 1999 Chicago Cubs
Peyton Lewis 1999 Toronto Bluejays
Dan Gooris 2000 Cincinnati Reds
Vince Pietro 2000 Cleveland Indians
Ken Sarna 2000 Kansas City Royals Alan Benes won 13 games as a Scott Servais enjoyed an 11-year
Dan Lawler 2001 Chicago Cubs rookie for the Cardinals in 1996. career in the Major Leagues.
Dan Gooris 2001 San Diego Padres
Tim Gradoville 2002 Philadelphia Phillies
Tom Oldham 2003 Seattle Mariners
Ryan Fitzgerald 2003 Chicago Cubs
Steve Grasley 2004 Seattle Mariners
Eric Wordekemper 2005 New York Yankees
Tony Roth 2005 New York Yankees
Zach Daeges 2006 Boston Red Sox
Adam Schaecher 2006 Texas Rangers Bob Gibson is regarded as one of the best pitch-
ers in baseball history. After concluding his
Chase Odenreider 2006 New York Yankees
collegiate career at Creighton in 1957, Gibson
Marc Lewis 2007 Florida Marlins went on to win 251 games, record 3,117 strike-
Chris Gradoville 2007 Texas Rangers outs, win two world championships with the St.
Chad Ogden 2007 Texas Rangers Louis Cardinals, earn two Cy Young awards and
win the 1968 National League MVP. Gibson was Dave McKay played eight seasons Dennis Rasmussen won 91 games
Bold - Reached the Major Leagues. inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981. in MLB before a coaching career. in a 12-year MLB career.
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The Missouri Valley Conference
Fresh off a centennial celebration in 2006-07, the aggressive in hosting NCAA events in St. Louis. That role
Missouri Valley Conference begins its second centennial came to a spectacular climax in April 2005 as the confer-
as a leader in college athletics and is the nation’s second- ence collaborated with local partners to stage the Men’s
oldest NCAA Division I conference. Final Four at the Edward Jones Dome.
In the league’s first 100 seasons, 32 members combined And while the Missouri Valley Conference has been
for 27 national championships, while 56 Valley student- progressive in pursuing NCAA events, the oldest Division I
athletes captured NCAA individual titles. In addition, Valley athletic conference west of the Mississippi River has con-
student-athletes and coaches earned 50 National Player or tinued to be a national leader in the athletic arena.
Coach of the Year honors in their respective sports. And The seeds for this vision were planted by eight adminis-
the league had a myriad of student-athletes who collected trators representing five institutions, who met at the Midland
All-America honors and earned national academic distinc- Hotel in Kansas City, Mo., on Jan. 12, 1907. The five Missouri Valley Conference
tion in The Valley’s first century. schools which formed the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate 1818 Chouteau Ave
The Missouri Valley Conference continues to lead by Athletic Association were Washington University of St. St. Louis, MO 63103
example as one of college athletics’ most progressive Louis, and the state universities of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri
conferences. The Valley emphasizes the importance of the and Nebraska. Two months after the initial meeting, two Phone: (314) 421-0339
student-athlete and is aggressive in its approach to provide more schools -- Drake University and Iowa State -- were Fax: (314) 421-3505
opportunities for its member institutions. admitted. Scoreboard Phone: (314) 699-6821
While the success of men’s basketball has received In the fall of 1907, basketball became the first competi- www.mvc-sports.com
the greatest attention, the overall performance of league tive sport. Today, the Missouri Valley Conference spon-
teams in virtually every sport continues to raise the nation- sors the following sports: baseball, men’s and women’s MVC Staff
al profile of the conference. basketball, men’s and women’s cross country and track & Doug Elgin - Commissioner
In men’s basketball, The Valley has received much field (indoor and outdoor), men’s and women’s golf, men’s Patty Viverito - Sr. Associate Commissioner
national acclaim over the past decade during its return to and women’s soccer, softball, women’s swimming and div- Joe Mitch - Associate Commissioner
prominence. In 2007-08, the MVC will be looking to extend ing, men’s and women’s tennis, and women’s volleyball. Jack Watkins - Associate Commissioner for
its streak of consecutive seasons with two or more teams Athletic accomplishments on the men’s athletics side Marketing and Television
advancing to NCAA Tournament play to 10-straight years. include 10 national basketball championships, 16 trips to Mike Kern - Associate Commissioner for
Last year, two teams (Creighton, Southern Illinois) made the NCAA Final Four, a 1989 national baseball champi- Communications
the field with SIU reaching the Sweet 16. Meanwhile, the onship and 19 College World Series qualifiers. In 2001, Mark McNamara - Director of Corporate Sales
league finished No. 6 - its all-time high - in the Ratings Missouri State added to The Valley women’s accomplish- Rich Steed - Chief Financial Officer
Percentage Index (RPI) a second-straight season. Notably, ments, as the Lady Bears advanced to the Women’s Dave Biancamano - Assistant Commissioner for
The Valley has had 10 post-season teams in men’s bas- Basketball Final Four in St. Louis. Creighton (2004) and Operations
ketball over the past two seasons, with three NCAA Sweet Missouri State (2005) have claimed national champion- Mary Mulvenna - Assistant Commissioner for
16 trips (Bradley, Southern Illinois and Wichita State). ships (WNIT) in women’s basketball, while MSU also Compliance and Community Relations
There were plenty of other milestones for The Valley in has a 1992 NCAA Women’s Final Four appearance, and Jeremiah Ingram - Assistant Commissioner for
the athletic arena in 2006-07. In February 2007, The Valley Creighton (2003) and Drake (1999) have made semifinal Communications
announced its State Farm MVC Women’s Basketball trips to the WNIT postseason tournament. Lauren Venarchik - Assistant Director - Women’s
Championship would move to a neutral site for the first Indeed, the inclusion of women’s programs under Basketball Tournament
time in league history, bringing the championship to The The Valley banner has provided a boost. The Gateway Carla Fight - Assistant to the Commissioner
Family Arena in Saint Charles, Mo. Three league teams, Collegiate Athletic Conference -- which began in 1982 Maxine Day - Executive Assistant
meanwhile, represented the MVC in post-season play as -- merged with the Missouri Valley Conference and was Terri Heiges - Secretary/Receptionist
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Drake, despite its No. 8 seed, won the league tourney to unveiled as part of the new conference on July 1, 1992. Brock Ascher - Media Relations Assistant
reach the NCAAs, while Illinois State and Southern Illinois And while the inclusion of women’s sports under a com-
each got to the second round of the WNIT. prehensive athletic umbrella is a recent development in the
In baseball, Wichita State was nationally ranked for the league’s storied history, over the years, Valley student-ath- 2007-08 Championships
entire season, winning 53 games and finishing one series letes and coaches have become household names during Sept. 28-30 Individual Tennis (W) - Omaha, Neb.
win shy of reaching the College World Series. Creighton won the league’s illustrious history, both during their collegiate Oct. 27 Cross Country (M/W) - Cedar Falls, Iowa
the State Farm MVC Tournament behind the MVP pitching careers and, for some, professional careers. *Nov. 9-11 Soccer (W) - Evansville, Ind.
performance of junior ambidextrous hurler Pat Venditte as In fact, The Valley began honoring that tradition in the Nov. 14-18 Soccer (M) - Omaha, Neb.
the Bluejays joined the Shockers in NCAA play. summer of 1997, when the conference began its athlet- Nov. 23-24 Volleyball - Springfield, Mo.
Three Missouri Valley Conference softball programs ics Hall of Fame. Hersey Hawkins of Bradley, Larry Bird Jan. 26-28 Individual Tennis (M) - Des Moines, Iowa
-- 2007 MVC Tournament champion Creighton, Illinois of Indiana State, Wes Unseld of Louisville, Coach Henry Feb. 14-16 Swimming & Diving (W) - Carbondale, Ill.
State and Southern Illinois -- represented the league in the Iba of Oklahoma State, Dave Stallworth of Wichita State, Feb. 29-M1 Indoor Track & Field (M/W) - Cedar Falls, Iowa
2007 NCAA Division I Softball Championship. It marked Ed Macauley of Saint Louis, and Oscar Robertson of Mar. 6-9 MVC Basketball (M) - St. Louis, Mo.
the fifth-consecutive year The Valley has earned multiple Cincinnati were members of the initial induction class. Mar. 13-16 MVC Basketball (W) - St. Charles, Mo.
bids to the NCAA tournament and the third-straight season Currently, more than 30 former players, coaches and April 13-15 Golf (W) - Omaha, Neb.
in which three teams have earned spots in the field. SIU alums dot the league’s Hall of Fame. April 21-22 Golf (M) - Davenport, Iowa
hosted a NCAA regional, and each Valley team won a League members include Bradley, Creighton, Drake, April 25-27 Tennis (M/W) - Omaha, Neb.
tournament game. the University of Evansville, Illinois State, Indiana State, May 8-10 Softball - Carbondale, Ill.
During the tenure of Doug Elgin, The Valley’s ninth Missouri State, University of Northern Iowa, Southern May 16-18 Outdoor Track & Field (M/W) - Carbondale, Ill.
and longest-tenured commissioner, The Valley has been Illinois and Wichita State. May 21-24 Baseball - Wichita, Kan.
*initial rounds of women’s soccer championship played on cam-
pus sites the weekend prior
Bradley • Creighton
Drake • Evansville
Illinois State • Indiana State
Missouri State • Northern Iowa
Doug Elgin Patty Viverito Leonard Brickens Brock Ascher Southern Illinois • Wichita State
Commissioner Sr. Associate Commissioner Umpire Coordinator Baseball SID
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