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Creighton A.D. Bruce Rasmussen plans to retire next month
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Creighton A.D. Bruce Rasmussen plans to retire next month

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Bruce Rasmussen has served as Creighton's athletic director since 1994.

Check out five quick facts about Bruce Rasmussen's coaching and administrative tenure at Creighton.

Creighton Athletic Director Bruce Rasmussen plans to retire next month, with his last day set for Aug. 16.

Rasmussen, 70, has spent the last 41 years in various roles at Creighton. He's been the athletic director since 1994.

During his time as A.D., Creighton has collectively won 43 regular-season conference titles and 43 conference tournament titles. He oversaw CU's transition from the Missouri Valley Conference to the Big East Conference. And he also spent five years serving on the NCAA Division I men's basketball selection committee.

Since joining the Big East, Creighton has won league titles in baseball, men’s basketball, men’s soccer, women’s basketball and volleyball. 

Creighton has undergone a wave of new athletic facility construction under Rasmussen's leadership. Morrison Stadium (soccer) and the CHI Health Center (men's basketball) opened in 2003-04. Sokol Arena (women's basketball and volleyball) opened in 2009, and TD Ameritrade Park became home to Creighton baseball in 2011. In 2014, the Championship Center was built as a practice facility for men's basketball and a headquarters for all sports.

Rasmussen steered Creighton through the pandemic. He established the Bluejays Persevere initiative, in which 50% of men's basketball season ticket holders donated all or a portion of the costs of their tickets to the athletic department.

Before entering a career of athletics administration, Rasmussen was Creighton's women's basketball coach for 12 years. The Bluejays won 57.1% of their games with Rasmussen as coach, and his run culminated in the historic 1991-92 season, in which CU won a conference championship and NCAA tournament game.

Creighton was found to have committed only one major NCAA violation during Rasmussen's tenure, though that one violation was handed down last month. In relation to the infraction committed by former basketball assistant coach Preston Murphy, Rasmussen was given a Level II infraction for failing to immediately report Murphy's potential wrongdoing in 2018.

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