Creighton University head coach Greg McDermott has named Alan Huss an assistant coach with the Bluejay men’s basketball program. Huss, a 2002 Creighton graduate, has spent the previous three seasons as an assistant coach at the University of New Mexico.
Huss replaces Steve Lutz on the Creighton staff after Lutz accepted a position at Purdue last week.
“My family and I are unbelievably excited to return to home to Creighton,” said Huss. “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. He 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) and won two Missouri Valley Conference Tournament titles (1999, 2000) and one MVC regular-season title (2001). He finished his Bluejay career with 297 points and 175 rebounds in 94 career games, 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).