Chris Creighton named football coach

Well, we didn’t see this one coming. To quote from the press release:

Chris Creighton, the head football coach at Drake University for the past six years, has been named the new head football coach at Eastern Michigan University, Vice President/Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Heather Lyke announced today, Dec. 11. Creighton will be formally introduced to the EMU community Thursday, Dec. 12, at 3 p.m. with a press conference inside the atrium of the Convocation Center. The press conference will be streamed live at

The 44-year old Creighton has built the Bulldogs into a consistent power in the Pioneer Football League, sharing the conference crown during the 2011 and 2012 campaigns. During his 17-year head coaching career, he has accumulated eight conference titles and an all-time record of 139-46 (.764 winning percentage). He departs Drake with the highest winning percentage in school history (.667) after also posting 63 wins as the head coach at Wabash College and 32 at Ottawa University.

So there you have it. The only thing I know is about Drake (because I grew up in Iowa), which is a so-so private university in Des Monies with about 4,000 students. I’ve of course never heard of the Pioneer Football League.

6 Responses to Chris Creighton named football coach

  1. I hope Chris Creighton enjoyed his career while it lasted because this is where football coaches go to die

  2. Let’s all rejoice that the AD made a quality hire and a hire that was the right kind of coach that EMU needs right now. Will it work? We will see but it was the right hire and I know that bothers a lot of posters on this blog that think former regents are still calling the shots in the Ath department.

  3. I don’t know what’s better. The coach or the many people on this board who will have to put a sock in their mouths soon.

  4. Wow! $400,000 a year! I wouldn’t mind seeing details of that contract. EMU has priorities very misplaced.

  5. Except for the hiring of additional police officers that is. Great to see EMU taking the lead in this important issue that the city and county have failed address properly or resolve.

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