Dennis Creehan is beginning his third year as athletic director at Alderson Broaddus and also serves as the head football coach. He oversees the largest athletic department in the state of West Virginia and has directed the expansion of athletic programs and development of new athletic facilities, including the 2,000-seat Multi-Sport Performance Stadium the home of Battler football, soccer and lacrosse.
Creehan has 42 years of football coaching experience with nine different collegiate programs at the Division I and Division II levels. He led the Battlers in their first season of competition since 1930 in 2012. AB traveled to face regional junior varsity teams, including a midseason trip to Annapolis, Md., to face Navy, in preparation for varsity competition in 2013. Creehan and his staff led a Battler team composed almost entirely of freshman to a 9-2 overall mark.
He came to AB after spending the 2009-10 seasons as head coach at rival West Virginia Wesleyan College. While at WVWC, he guided the Bobcats to a 9-2 record after a 2-8 mark the previous season and earned West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors in 2010. The seven-win improvement in his second year with the Bobcats was the best of any WVIAC football team.
Prior to his time at WVWC, Creehan spent five years coaching in the Canadian Football League, including stints as linebacker coach and defensive coordinator for the Calgary Stampeders and the Hamilton Tiger Cats. During his time with the Stampeders and Tiger Cats, his defenses were ranked among the best in the league and he coached 2005 CFL MVP linebacker John Grace.
Creehan spent 11 years at the NCAA Division I level with Pittsburgh, California, Arkansas State, Rutgers, Duke and the United States Military Academy. He was a linebacker coach and special team coordinator with Army in 2003 and Duke 2001-02. While with the Blue Devils, he coached two conference leaders on defense and special teams. He coached specialist Ronnie Hamilton, who ranked fourth in the nation for punt return average in 2001, and future National Football League linebacker Ryan Fowler, who produced a pair of 100-tackle seasons.
In 1998, Creehan helped Rutgers post the second-best turnaround in the nation as the Scarlet Knights improved from a winless 1997 campaign to five wins his first season at RU. Prior to his stint with Rutgers, he served as defensive coordinator at Arkansas State University in 1997 and was the head coach at the University of South Dakota from 1992-96. While leading the Coyotes, Creehan earned 1993 North Central Conference Coach of the Year honors and coached seven to All-America awards.
Creehan left the college ranks to coach special teams for the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL for the second time in 1991. He had previously aided the Eskimos in the same position from 1985-96, and helped them to a Grey Cup appearance in 1986 and a Western Division championship. During the 1991 season, Creehan assisted the Eskimos as they earned yet another Western Division championship.
Prior to his second stint with the Eskimos, Creehan was the head coach at San Francisco State in 1990. While leading the Gators, he coached future defensive back for the New York Jets Doug Parish. Creehan also served as an assistant coach at the University of California-Berkeley from 1987-89.
Creehan served as head coach from 1979-84 and defensive coordinator from 1976-78 at his alma mater Edinboro University. During his six seasons as head coach, Creehan posted a 39-20-1 record, won league titles in 1982 and 1984, and was named Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Coach of the Year three times. In his final three seasons Edinboro had a 25-5 record, and he led the Fighting Scots to a 9-2 mark in 1982 en route to a PSAC West championship. His .658 winning percentage ranks as the highest in Edinboro football history.
Following one year as offensive coordinator at Carnegie Mellon University, Creehan assumed duties as defensive coordinator at Edinboro University from 1976-78, before taking over as head coach for the 1979 season. In 1974, he joined Johnny Majors’ staff at the University of Pittsburgh as a graduate assistant. Creehan began his coaching career in 1971, serving as defensive coordinator at Keystone Oaks High School in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Creehan is a Hall of Fame member at Edinboro University and Bethel Park High School, and has been active off the field in the coaching community, authoring five books on coaching and publishing 23 videos.
A native of Bethel Park, Pa., Creehan received a bachelor’s degree in Math Education from Edinboro University and master’s degrees from both Duquesne University in 1973 and the University of Pittsburgh in 1977. He and his wife Linda reside in Buckhannon and have two sons, Kevin and Casey.