Former Creighton assistant takes Drake to NCAA Tournament and agrees to an eight year contract extension

Published: Mar. 17, 2021 at 8:27 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Darian DeVries has been with two programs in 23 years since he started his post-playing career. Those two programs are Creighton and Drake, the first two decades were here in Omaha, the most recent three years were in Des Moines.

DeVries just led Drake to the NCAA Tournament for only the second time since the early 70′s, it’s also the program’s first at-large bid. The Bulldogs will play Wichita State Thursday night in the First Four.

His success is a point of pride for the Bluejays, here’s Greg McDermott “I’m thrilled for him but not at all surprised, he had his fingerprints all over our program when he was here.” Mac also said it was impressive how DeVries put together this run while losing multiple starters.

Wednesday night Drake announced an eight-year contract extension through the 2028-29 season.

“I’m grateful for the faith that President Marty Martin and Director of Athletics Brian Hardin has shown in our staff and their confidence in the direction of our program,” DeVries said. “I’m thankful that we have the opportunity to build upon the foundation our staff and players have built the last three years.”

“Coach DeVries has demonstrated that he is the perfect coach for Drake not only with historic results on the court but with the way he has embraced our campus and community,” Hardin said. “President Martin and I are thrilled that he will continue to be our head coach for a long time and continue to impact our student-athletes and community.”

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