Chris Creighton
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamEastern Michigan
Biographical details
Born (1969-02-07) February 7, 1969 (age 51)
Alma materKenyon
Playing career
Head coaching record
Tournaments0–2 (NAIA playoffs)
5–3 (NCAA D-III playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
2 KCAC (1997, 2000)
4 NCAC (2002, 2005–2007)
2 PFL (2011–2012)
KCAC Coach of the Year (1997)
3x NCAC Coach of the Year (2002, 2005, 2007)

Christopher William Creighton (born February 7, 1969) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the head coach at Eastern Michigan University, a position he has held since the 2014 season. Creighton served as the head coach at Ottawa University from 1997 to 2000 and at Wabash College from 2001 to 2007 before moving to Drake University for the 2008 through 2013 seasons.

Coaching careerEdit

Concordia and SwedenEdit

Following graduation, Creighton became offensive coordinator at Concordia University while working on his master's degree. In 1993, he received an opportunity to play quarterback for Sweden's Limhamn Griffins, where he also served as head coach as the Griffins won Sweden's championship.[1]


Creighton's first head coaching job was at Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas from 1997 to 2000. In those four seasons, his teams went 32–9 and won the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference championship in 1997 and 2000. He was the 26th head football coach for the Ottawa University Braves and ranked fourth in school history in total wins and first in winning percentage (.780).[2]


Creighton was the head football coach for Wabash College located in Crawfordsville, Indiana from 2001 to 2007. His career coaching record at Wabash was 63–15, ranking him third in school history in total wins and fifth in winning percentage (.808).[3]


On December 22, 2007, Creighton was named the head football coach at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

Eastern Michigan UniversityEdit

On December 11, 2013, Creighton was named the head football coach at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Coaching treeEdit

Assistant coaches under Chris Creighton who became NCAA head coaches:

Personal lifeEdit

Creighton earned his bachelor's degree in 1991 at Kenyon College and received his master's degree from Concordia University Chicago in 1993.[4]

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Ottawa Braves (Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference) (1997–2000)
1997 Ottawa 9–2 1st L NAIA First Round
1998 Ottawa 8–2
1999 Ottawa 6–3
2000 Ottawa 9–2 1st L NAIA First Round
Ottawa: 32–9
Wabash Little Giants (North Coast Athletic Conference) (2001–2007)
2001 Wabash 8–2 6–1 T–2nd
2002 Wabash 12–1 7–0 1st L NCAA Division III Quarterfinal
2003 Wabash 7–3 4–2 T–2nd
2004 Wabash 6–4 4–3 T–4th
2005 Wabash 11–1 7–0 1st L NCAA Division III Second Round
2006 Wabash 8–2 6–1 T–1st
2007 Wabash 11–2 7–0 1st L NCAA Division III Quarterfinal
Wabash: 63–15 41–7
Drake Bulldogs (Pioneer Football League) (2008–2013)
2008 Drake 6–5 4–4 T–4th
2009 Drake 8–3 6–2 T–3rd
2010 Drake 7–4 6–2 3rd
2011 Drake 9–2 7–1 T–1st
2012 Drake 8–3 7–1 T–1st
2013 Drake 6–5 5–3 T–4th
Drake: 41–22 35–13
Eastern Michigan Eagles (Mid-American Conference) (2014–present)
2014 Eastern Michigan 2–10 1–7 6th (West)
2015 Eastern Michigan 1–11 0–8 6th (West)
2016 Eastern Michigan 7–6 4–4 4th (West) L Bahamas
2017 Eastern Michigan 5–7 3–5 5th (West)
2018 Eastern Michigan 7–6 5–3 T–2nd (West) L Camellia
Eastern Michigan: 22–40 13–27
Total: 158–86
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


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