Creighton University is a private, coeducational, Jesuit, Roman Catholic university located in Omaha, Nebraska
Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1878, Creighton University is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. The university is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Creighton is the largest private religious university in Nebraska. Sitting on a 132-acre (53 ha) campus just outside Omaha’s downtown business district, the university currently enrolls about 7,730 graduate and undergraduate students. Creighton competes in NCAA Division I athletics, within the Big East. Nicknamed the Bluejays, Creighton fields 14 teams in eight sports. Bruce Rasmussen is the Director of Athletics. Greg McDermott is the men’s basketball program’s current head coach. Famous basketball alums include Paul Silas, Benoit Benjamin, Kyle Korver, and Greg’s son Doug McDermott, while famous former Bluejay coaches include Eddie Sutton and Willis Reed. In addition, the women’s basketball team won the WNIT championship in 2004. They play all home games on campus at D. J. Sokol Arena. The men’s soccer team maintained 17 straight NCAA tournament appearances, between 1992 and 2008. During that time, the Bluejays made three College Cup appearances, including one championship game appearance (2000). They play all home games on campus at Morrison Stadium. Creighton’s baseball team has one appearance in the NCAA College World Series (1991). Jim Hendry, the former general manager of the Chicago Cubs, was Creighton’s head coach for its 1991 CWS appearance. The program’s graduates include Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson. The women’s softball team has two appearances in the Women’s College World Series (1982 & 1986), and has appeared in six of the past eight NCAA Tournaments. Tara Oltman (2007–2010), the best pitcher in MVC history, was a three-time league Pitcher of the Year and finished her career with conference records for wins, innings pitched, starts, appearances, strikeouts and complete games. She remains the only student-athlete in Bluejay history to earn first-team all-conference honors in four consecutive seasons.