When Kirsten Bernthal Booth came to Creighton, the Jays volleyball program was coming off a 3-23 season. 15 years, six NCAA Tournaments & two Sweet 16's (one Elite Eight) later, the Bluejays head coach recently racked up her 300th win at CU.
"Clearly I've not built it, it's been a collaborative effort of great student athletes and I surround myself with people much smarter than I," said Booth. "It is fun to reflect and see where we were. For me, it's about the relationships and I always say I want to mentor them while they're in college and be their friend when they're done. We try to build young woman and in the process win some volleyball."
Although Coach Booth has had opportunities to go to bigger schools, the three-time national coach of the year has remained loyal the place that gave her a chance to become a Division I head coach at such a young age.
"I love Creighton," Booth said. "I think it's a pretty special place and I think when recruits come here we hope that they feel we want to beat a lot of teams but we necessarily don't want to be those teams. We want to be different. We want to be a family. When I started I didn't know who I was a coach so I tried to emulate coaches I respected or thought I should be. The thing I've learned is you have to be true to yourself. I'm a big believer the grass isn't always greener on the other side. You can't beat happy right? We feel like we can win a national championship here so why not Creighton? Nebraska's home to me and so I'm the lucky one to be here."
Creighton will recognize Coach Booth for her 300th win Friday before the 17th ranked Jays' home match against Butler.