Darian DeVries

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Darian DeVries
Current position
TitleHead coach
Biographical details
Born (1975-04-07) April 7, 1975 (age 44)
Aplington, Iowa
Playing career
1994–1998Northern Iowa
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2001–2018Creighton (assistant)
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
MVC regular season (2019)
MVC Coach of the Year (2019)

Darian DeVries (born April 7, 1975) is an American basketball coach. He currently serves as head men's basketball coach at Drake University.

Coaching history[edit]

A native of Aplington, Iowa, DeVries played collegiately at Northern Iowa. After graduating, he joined Creighton University as a graduate manager in its men's basketball program.[1] After three seasons as a graduate manager, DeVries was named assistant coach in 2001. He stayed with Creighton following the departure of Dana Altman and the hire of Greg McDermott.

DeVries became a head coach for the first time when he accepted the job at former conference rival Drake in March 2018.[2]

DeVries' steady hand at the helm of the Bulldogs helped the program start the season with 9-2 record, the program's best open to a season since 2007-08. The Bulldogs win over Valparaiso Feb. 16 was the team's 20th win of the season to mark the sixth 20-win season in program history. This accomplishment came after inheriting the second-fewest returning letterwinners in the nation thanks to Niko Medved gutting the program before moving on after one season with a senior-laden roster he inherited.

DeVries' ability as a master tactician was further proven when starting point guard and potential MVC Larry Bird Player of the Year candidate Nick Norton suffered a season-ending knee injury in the first game of the MVC season. Despite a sense of complete despair from the Bulldog faithful, DeVries' team proceeded to win four of its next five games to move into a tie for third place in the league standings. At the close of the 2018–19 season, he was named MVC Coach of the Year.[3]


DeVries is the older brother of former NFL defensive end Jared DeVries.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Drake (Missouri Valley Conference) (2018–present)
2018–19 Drake 24–10 12–6 T–1st CIT First Round
2019–20 Drake 7–2
Drake: 31–12 (.721) 12–6 (.667)
Total: 31–12 (.721)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ https://gocreighton.com/mobile/staff.aspx?staff=53
  2. ^ http://godrakebulldogs.com/news/2018/3/29/darian-devries-named-drake-mens-basketball-head-coach.aspx
  3. ^ "Drake's Darian DeVries is Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year" (Press release). Missouri Valley Conference. March 7, 2019. Retrieved March 7, 2019.

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