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we are drake Bulldogs Head Coach Chris Creighton Chris Creighton, who ranked fourth among all active NCAA Division III football coaches in career winning percentage, was named the 25th head football coach at Drake University Dec. 22, 2007. In his first year as head coach at Drake, Creighton guided the Bulldogs to a 6-5 record in 2008 with the team winning four of its last five games. Creighton served as head coach at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind., from 2001-2007 where he constructed a 63-15 record with teams winning four North Coast Athletic Conference championships, while competing in three NCAA Division III playoffs. “Coach Creighton is a proven winner, a man of strong character, and has a vision that will move Drake football to the next level,” said Drake athletic director Sandy Hatfield Clubb. “Chris Creighton’s focus as a football coach is perfectly aligned with Drake athletics’ emphasis on integrity and excellence, and with the distinguished tradition of Drake football,” said Drake President David Maxwell. “He has a superb record not only of wins on the field, but of preparing young men for their lives after college and after football.” Creighton, 40, owns an overall record of 101-29 (.776 winning percentage) in 12 years as a college head coach including a 32-9 mark as head coach at Ottawa (Kan.) University from 16 1997-2000. “I am absolutely thrilled about the opportunity to lead the Drake University football program,” said Creighton. “I am very attracted to Drake’s sense of family, its proud tradition, and the desire of both the team and the administration to become our absolute best.” During his last three years at Wabash, Creighton led the Little Giants to a 30-5 record, including three straight league championships and appearances in the 2005 and 2007 NCAA Division III playoffs. Wabash posted an 11-2 record in 2007, competing in the NCAA Division III playoffs while being ranked No. 8 in the final NCAA Division III coaches poll. Wabash was 12-1 in 2002 and 11-1 in 2005, capping both seasons with appearances in the playoffs. As offensive coordinator at Wabash, Creighton’s teams averaged 35 points per game with the multiple offense producing the school’s all-time leading rusher and passer. Three starting quarterbacks received All-American honors. Under Creighton, Wabash won conference championships in 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007. He coached 83 all-conference players, including seven who earned conference player of the year honors, along with 13 All-Americans. He was named the North Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2002, 2005 and 2007, as well as the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 1997. The Seattle, Wash., native produced one of the greatest single season turnarounds in NAIA history during his first year at Ottawa in 1997. He inherited a team that posted a 1-8 record the previous season, then finished 9-2 en route to capturing its first Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference title since 1972. He also led Ottawa to a league championship in 2000, along with appearances in the NAIA playoffs in 1997 and 2000. Creighton was offensive coordinator at Concordia (Ill.) from 1991-92 and Manchester (Ind.) from 1993-96 before becoming head coach at Ottawa. As an All-American quarterback, Creighton led Kenyon (Ohio) College to its only North Coast Athletic Conference title in 1989. He was named the league’s player of the year after setting single-season conference records for passing yardage (2,843) and touchdowns (29). He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kenyon in 1991 and a master’s degree from Concordia (Ill.) University in 1993. Chris and his wife, Heather, have two daughters, Hallie (five) and Kate (three); and a son Luke (two). GODRAKEBULLDOGS.COM | GODRAKEBULLDOGS.COM | GODRAKEBULLDOGS.COM | GODRAKEBULLDOGS.CO

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