Coaching Staff

Preston Murphy |  Assistant Coach

Assistant coach Preston Murphy enters his third season at Creighton after joining the Bluejay staff in June of 2015.

Murphy works closely with Creighton’s backcourt and scouting, and has made an immediate impact in recruiting several current and future Bluejays, as well.

The Bluejays have won 45 games with Murphy on staff in the previous two seasons, including a 25-10 mark in 2016-17 that culminated in an NCAA Tournament berth.

Guard Marcus Foster was named First Team All-BIG EAST and ranked second in the league in scoring, while Khyri Thomas was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year.

Murphy spent the 2014-15 season as an assistant coach at Boston College, where he had previously been the program’s director of operations from 2006-10. During that first stint, the Eagles went 72-57 and made a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances. BC featured NBA First Round picks Jared Dudley, Sean Williams and Reggie Jackson, as well as second-round selection Olivier Hanlan in those years.

Prior to his return to BC, Murphy spent four years at his alma mater, the University of Rhode Island. Murphy was an assistant coach with the Rams from 2010-14 before being promoted to the role of associate head coach in the spring of 2014.

During his time at URI, the Rams had three all-Atlantic 10 selections, three All-Rookie Team picks and 2014 Co-Rookie of the Year E.C. Matthews. He also worked with Xavier Munford, who recently signed a multi-year deal with the Memphis Grizzlies.

His first coaching job came at Woonsocket High School in Rhode Island, where he was a head coach from 2003-06.

Murphy graduated from Rhode Island in 1999 with a degree in finance. He scored 1,218 points for the Rams while playing in four straight postseasons, including a run to the Elite Eight in 1998. He ranks among URI’s all-time leaders in three-point percentage, assists and steals.

Upon his graduation, Murphy played three professional seasons in Belgium and Holland. He played with the Los Angeles Clippers in the Southern California Summer Pro League in 2002, and also played one season with the Magic Johnson All-Stars.

Murphy and his wife, Maria, have three boys, Preston (14), Payton (12) and Chase (9) as well as one daughter, Aria (1).


Alan Huss |  Assistant Coach

Alan Huss joined the Creighton men’s basketball staff in April of 2017 as an assistant coach at his alma mater.

“My family and I are unbelievably excited to return to home to Creighton,” said Huss when he was hired. “Although I have been away for the last 15 years, I have followed coach McDermott and the program closely throughout their ascension to the highest level of college basketball. I am humbled and honored to be a part of the program going forward and cannot wait to get started!”

As an assistant to Craig Neal during the previous three seasons at New Mexico, Huss helped guide the Lobos to 49 victories. UNM went 33-13 at The Pit during that time, and the Lobos went 5-1 in six meetings against in-state rival New Mexico State.

Huss came to UNM after spending four seasons at the helm of the prep program at La Lumiere School in La Porte, Ind., where he amassed an impressive 102-19 record for a team that was regularly ranked as one of the top high school programs in the nation. His record also includes a perfect 62-0 home record at Marsch Gymnasium. Huss coached more than three dozen Division I products at the high school level, including former NBA guard Darington Hobson.

Prior to his time at La Lumiere, Huss was the head coach at Culver Military Academy in Culver, Ind. where he set the school record for wins in each of his final two seasons with the Eagles.

“I’m excited to welcome Alan Huss back to Creighton,” said McDermott. “I first recruited one of his players 10 years ago and have followed his career ever since. He has an outstanding track record as a recruiter and as a basketball coach. His prep school teams achieved at unprecedented levels at every stop. His passion for his alma mater was evident during the interview process and ultimately separated him from the many other quality candidates. I look forward to having him join our program.”

Huss was a four-year member of the Creighton University men’s basketball team from 1997 to 2001, where he played under head coach Dana Altman and alongside NBA sharpshooter Kyle Korver. During his collegiate career with Bluejays, Huss was part of three NCAA Tournament teams (1999, 2000, 2001), two Missouri Valley Conference Tournament titles (1999, 2000) and one MVC regular-season title (2001). He played in 94 games with the Bluejays, including 39 starts.

The 6-foot-9-inch Huss was a prep standout at North Kansas City High School. He averaged 26 points and 12 rebounds per game for the Hornets en route to All-Kansas City metro honors as a senior. Following his final season at North Kansas City High, he was selected to the Greater Kansas City Basketball Coaches Association and Missouri-Kansas all-star games.

Huss earned his Bachelor’s degree from Creighton in Business Administration in 2002. He and his wife Katie (also a 2002 Creighton alum) have two daughters, Nicky (12) and Mary (8).


Paul Lusk |  Assistant Coach

Former Missouri State men's basketball head coach Paul Lusk has been named an assistant coach at Creighton University, Bluejay head coach Greg McDermott announced on Tuesday, April 3rd.

Lusk joins Preston Murphy and Alan Huss as Creighton assistant coaches and replaces Darian DeVries on the Bluejay staff after DeVries was named head coach last Thursday at Drake University.

"I've known Paul Lusk for 15 years," said McDermott. "He is a man of high character and integrity. His connections throughout the country will aid in our recruiting efforts. His passion, work ethic and enthusiasm to teach the game is a perfect fit for our coaching staff. We can't wait to welcome him and his family to Omaha."

Lusk spent seven seasons as a head coach at Missouri State, winning 105 games and advancing the Bears to the Arch Madness semifinals in 2014 and 2017. His 2013-14 club went 20-13 and reached the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, while his 2017-18 team went 18-15.

"Coach McDermott's one of the best coaches in the country," said Lusk. "He's also one of the best people in the business. Creighton has a long, rich basketball tradition and continues to be in the top five in the country in attendance. That speaks volumes about how important basketball is to the city and the University. I can't wait to join his staff and be a part of the Creighton Basketball family."

Lusk coached 10 MVC Scholar-Athlete Team selections, six All-MVC players, four All-Freshman Team picks, four members of the MVC All-Newcomer Team and two members of The Valley's Most-Improved Team in seven seasons in Springfield. He also coached the 2016 and 2017 MVC Newcomers of the Year.

He came to Missouri State after seven seasons as an assistant coach and associate head coach at Purdue. During his tenure on the Purdue coaching staff, Lusk helped guide the Boilermakers to five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances with a collective 129-45 ledger during that span.

In 2010 Lusk was named by FoxSports.com as one of the nation's top 25 high-major assistant coaches. In April 2011, Lusk was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame.

Before moving to Purdue, he spent one season on Matt Painter's staff at Southern Illinois in 2003-04, a campaign that also culminated in an NCAA Tournament berth, a No. 15 national ranking and a 25-5 record.

Prior to that, he spent one season as head coach at the University of Dubuque. His head coaching debut came on the heels of three seasons at Division II Missouri Southern State in Joplin where he was an assistant. The Lions were 71-21 in that span (1999-2002) with an NCAA Tournament appearance in 1999-2000. His coaching career started with a one-year stint as an assistant at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville.

The native of New Baden, Ill., began his playing career at Iowa in 1990 where he spent two years before he found a home at Southern Illinois under coach Rich Herrin. He helped guide the Salukis to three straight NCAA Tournament trips (1993-95), earning All-MVC second-team honors in 1994 with a 15.2 scoring average as a junior. As a senior, he earned a spot on the Valley Scholar-Athlete and All-Tournament teams and finished his Saluki career with 1,031 points.

He went on to play professionally both in the United States and Argentina and earned two different invitations to the Phoenix Suns' training camp.

A 1995 graduate of Southern Illinois, Lusk and his wife Melanie have a daughter, Maddie, and a son, Jack. The couple both earned their Masters of Science in Education from Missouri State in 2000.

Under the direction of head coach Greg McDermott, Creighton finished the 2017-18 season with a 21-12 record, advancing to the program's fifth NCAA Tournament in the past seven seasons.


Steve Merfeld  |  Assistant to the Head Coach

Steve Merfeld gives Creighton the unique distinction of having two staff members who have won games in the NCAA Tournament as a head coach.

After three seasons as an assistant coach, Merfeld was elevated to assistant to the head coach position in April 2013 on Greg McDermott’s staff, and enters his fifth season in that role.

In his first year at Creighton, he worked with MVC Newcomer and Freshman of the Year Doug McDermott, Preseason MVC Player of the Year Kenny Lawson Jr., and MVC All-Defensive Team big man Gregory Echenique.  In his second season, McDermott became Creighton’s first player named First Team All-American, while Echenique became CU’s first honoree to be named MVC Defensive Player of the Year.

In 2012-13, McDermott repeated as a First Team All-American and as MVC Player of the Year, while Echenique became Creighton’s first player to be named to the MVC’s All-Defensive Team in three straight seasons. In addition, sharpshooting forward Ethan Wragge was named MVC Sixth Man of the Year.

McDermott would go on to sweep all 14 National Player of the Year honors in 2013-14.

Creighton has won 166 of 248 games in the past seven seasons, making four NCAA Tournaments  and one NIT appearance. Creighton tied the school record with 29 wins in 2011-12, then had 28 more wins in 2012-13 and 27 in 2013-14.

Merfeld boasts 31 years of NCAA Division I experience, including 10 seasons as a head coach:  at Hampton from 1997-02 and at Evansville from 2002-07.

As a college head coach, Merfeld collected 144 wins, two regular-season conference championships, two conference tournament titles and two NCAA Tournament appearances.  That first postseason appearance in 2001 led to one of the signature moments in NCAA Tournament history as the video of his players lifting him up in celebration following No. 15 seed Hampton’s upset of No. 2 seed Iowa State in the 2001 tourney remains a popular March Madness clip.

Merfeld led Hampton to a winning record in four of his five years, finishing with a 90-57 (.612) record that was capped by back-to-back sweeps of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament titles in 2001 and 2002.  After Hampton became just the fourth No. 15 seed to win an NCAA Tournament game in 2001, Merfeld’s Pirates became the first 15-seed winner to return to the NCAA Tournament the following season.  In his final season at Hampton, Merfeld led the 2001-02 Pirates to a school-record 26 wins.  Merfeld was rewarded for his efforts in returning Hampton to the Big Dance by being named the 2002 CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Coach of the Year.

He replaced longtime Evansville head coach Jim Crews in 2002 and directed the Purple Aces to an RPI that improved 131 spots during his tenure. His Evansville teams also collected 11 victories against postseason squads (7 NCAA, 4 NIT).  In addition to four All-Missouri Valley Conference players, he coached two-time Academic All-American Clint Cuffle (2003, 2004) and a trio of 1,000-point scorers on his 2006-07 squad.

Merfeld was a member of the Bradley coaching staff for three seasons; starting in 2007, Merfeld helped the Braves to a pair of 21-win seasons, including seven postseason victories that helped Bradley claim a pair of postseason tournament runner-up finishes.

A 1984 graduate of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Merfeld was a 10-year assistant for current Miami (Fla.) head coach Jim Larrañaga at Bowling Green prior to joining the Hampton staff as an assistant in 1996.  During his time with the Falcons, Merfeld established himself as a highly-regarded recruiter and is credited with signing Antonio Daniels, the fourth pick in the 1997 NBA Draft.  He also landed three Mid-American Conference Rookies of the Year in a five-year span, including Daniels and Anthony Stacey, both of whom went on to be named the league’s Player of the Year in 1997 and 2000, respectively.

Merfeld and his wife, Mary Jo, have a 18-year-old daughter, Lauren, and 16-year-old son, Andrew.


Jeff Vanderloo  |  Director of Basketball Operations

Jeff Vanderloo enters his seventh 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. Vanderloo’s responsibilities increased substantially in 2013-14, 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 and was inducted into the IHSAA Hall of Fame as a coach in the spring of 2015.

Vanderloo, 54, 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). He went 16-6 in his lone year as a head coach at Sergeant Bluff-Luton (Iowa), before returning 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 18 years. The couple has two daughters, Jordan (16) and Jaci (14).


Tim MacAllister  |  Video Coordinator

Tim MacAllister is in his third year as the video coordinator at Creighton, and fourth season overall with the Bluejay basketball program.

As video coordinator, MacAllister is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the team’s film and video needs, including opponent scouting reports and breakdown of game and practice film to create individual and team edits for the Bluejays team and staff.

Before coming to Creighton, he worked at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., where he worked as an assistant to Jason Zimmerman for one season. The Eagles won at No. 1 Wisconsin-Stevens Point to reach the Division III Elite Eight before falling to eventual national champion Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Prior to Emory, MacAllister attended Murray State, where he was a student assistant to Billy Kennedy for one year and Steve Prohm for three seasons.  MacAllister worked with current Oklahoma City Thunder guard Isaiah Canaan at Murray State, as well as a pair of All-Americans post players at Emory.

MacAllister earned his bachelor of arts degree from Murray State in Spanish.

He was a Security Forces staff sergeant with the Air National Guard for six years, where he helped coach on the base while overseas for seven months in Kyrgyzstan.

A native of Corcoran, Calif., MacAllister went to Logan County High School in Russellville, Ky., where he played basketball and football.

MacAllister and his wife, Ashley, reside in Lincoln. She is the head rifle coach at Nebraska, and coached Puerto Rico in the 2016 Olympics. The couple has one son, Ezekiel, who was born in September of 2017.


John McKew  |  Administrative Specialist

John McKew is in his second year as an administrative specialist at Creighton, but he’s not a stranger to the Bluejay men’s basketball program.

McKew spent five seasons from 2011-16 serving as a team manager for the Bluejays, and in his current role he  oversees CU’s current crop of undergraduate managers.

McKew will also assist with scouting, on-campus recruiting and camps.

A native of Portland, Maine, McKew graduated in 2016 with a degree from Creighton in lifestyle management.

He resides in Omaha.


Len Gordy  |  Diversity & Inclusion Officer

Longtime men’s basketball assistant coach Len Gordy is in his 13th year as Creighton’s diversity and inclusion officer for athletics, and 24th overall CU.

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 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 63-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 in each his final three seasons.

Gordy has one son, Kenny.


Patty Galas  |  Secretary

Patty Galas is in her 23rd season as the administrative assistant for the Creighton men’s basketball program. She is responsible for providing administrative support to coach Greg McDermott and the men’s basketball staff.

As part of her duties, Galas coordinates team travel, manages coach McDermott’s calendar and correspondence, makes all arrangements for tournament and postseason play, and organizes the monthly Greg McDermott Luncheons.

Galas serves as the administrative assistant to Creighton’s athletic director, Bruce Rasmussen, and provides administrative support to other staff members.

She is also active in the Teammates mentoring program and St. Bernadette’s Parish in Bellevue.

She resides in Omaha and is the proud mother of three daughters -- Jenni Weeder, Julie Bishop and Jill Isaacs.  She also enjoys spending time with her four granddaughters and three grandsons.