Zeigler named Assistant Basketball Coach at Creighton

Trey Zeigler is returning to The Hilltop as an assistant coach with the Creighton men’s basketball program, head coach Greg McDermott announced.

Zeigler (ZIG-ler) spent the 2022-23 season as a graduate manager with the Bluejays, during which time Creighton won 24 games and reached the Elite Eight. He played in integral part of player development of All-BIG EAST players Ryan KalkbrennerBaylor Scheierman and Trey Alexander. CU spent nine weeks in the AP poll, climbing as high as No. 7.  While at Creighton he earned his master’s degree in Organizational Leadership.

“I’m extremely excited to be back at Creighton,” said Zeigler. “Coach McDermott and the rest of the staff continue to elevate this program. I am honored to be part of a great staff and come back to a place I consider a second home.”

“I’m excited to welcome Trey back to Omaha,” said McDermott. “He was instrumental in the development of our roster during his time on our coaching staff. His work ethic and ability to connect with people was exactly what I was looking for. The youthful  energy and knowledge of our system and style of play, will allow for a smooth transition. “

When former Bluejay Alan Huss was hired as head coach at High Point last spring, Zeigler joined the HPU staff as an assistant coach. The Panthers went from 14-17 to 27-9 in Zeigler’s lone year in North Carolina, winning the Big South regular-season title and reaching the title game of the College Basketball Invitational. The Panthers jumped from 299 to 114 in the final KenPom rankings, the nation’s second-best improvement. High Point’s 27 victories were tied for 15th-most nationally and the most for the Panthers since 1978-79.

Zeigler is a TCU graduate, having earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in General Studies with an emphasis on Communication in 2015. He was a student-athlete for two years at Central Michigan, where he played for his father, Ernie Zeigler. Trey then went on to play one year at Pittsburgh before transferring to TCU where he averaged 10.1 points per game. Over his college career he scored 1,481 points, grabbed 581 rebounds, and dished out 251 assists.

Before diving into college coaching, Zeigler played professionally for several seasons. From 2015-22, Zeigler played in nine different countries. He was named to four different Eurobasket.com all-league teams during his professional career. In his 2020-2021 season Zeigler was the only player in Europe to average over 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

A 2010 graduate of Mount Pleasant High School in Mount Pleasant, Mich., Zeigler scored 1,644 points and grabbed 648 rebounds in his prep career. He averaged 24.3 points and 10.5 rebounds per game as a senior and finished second in the Michigan “Mr. Basketball” voting. He was named to the Third Team All-American by MaxPreps.com. Coming out of high school, Zeigler was a consensus top 30 player.

Zeigler replaces Jalen Courtney-Williams, who was named assistant coach at LSU earlier in the week, on the Creighton staff.

Creighton finished the 2023-24 season with a 25-10 record, matching its most wins in a season since 2016-17. The Bluejays made their third trip to the Sweet 16 in the past four seasons and were one of three teams to defeat eventual national champion Connecticut. CU was ranked 10th in the year-end USA Today Coaches poll and 13th in the year-end Associated Press poll.


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