Connie Yori, a Creighton alumna, former basketball player and Creighton coach, and current coach of women’s basketball at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, highly regarded for her leadership skills, character and sportsmanship on and off the court, will be this year’s recipient of Creighton’s annual Leader for Life award.
The award, which will be presented at the Leaders for Life seventh annual fundraiser luncheon for women’s athletics May 5 at 11:30 a.m. at the D. J. Sokol Arena inside the Wayne and Eileen Ryan Athletic Center, honors an individual whose actions have made a lasting impact on women’s sports at the University.
As a player in the 80s she still ranks third on the University’s all-time scoring list, with 2,010 points. She was inducted into Creighton’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992, and her No. 25 jersey was retired.
After receiving a journalism degree from Creighton in 1986, Yori joined her coach, Bruce Rasmussen, as an assistant. After Rasmussen was named associate athletic director, he hired Yori as Creighton’s head coach in 1992, following a two-year stint at Loras College.
In 10 years as head coach at Creighton she compiled a 170‐115 record with two NCAA Tournament appearances (1994 and 2002). In 2002 she guided the program to Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) regular‐season and tournament titles, and an NCAA tournament berth, earning conference coach of the year honors.
“Connie leads by example. Her work ethic, competitive spirit and unbridled passion for education and the game is legendary,” said Director of Athletics Bruce Rasmussen. “She was instrumental in the growth and development of women’s basketball at Creighton.”
In 2002 Yori was named head coach at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Over nine seasons she has guided the Huskers to seven postseason appearances, and led them to an unprecedented perfect 29‐0 regular-season, a Big 12 Conference regular‐season championship and a Sweet 16 appearance in the 2010 NCAA tournament.
She is married to Kirk Helms and has a son, Lukas.
Register online at www.creighton.edu/athleticevents by April 29. Tables of 10 are available at the captain level for $1,500 and leader level at $1,000. Individual patron tickets are available for $75.