The Creighton University Athletic Hall of Fame will add three to its ranks on Monday. This year’s inductees are former players Alan Benes and Kris Kugel Huss and former coach Bob Warming.
Benes pitched for the Creighton baseball team from 1991-1993. As a freshman, he helped send the Bluejays to the College World Series and was named to Baseball America magazine’s freshman All-American team. He was named Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year in 1992 and was named to the MVC All-Centennial team.
Benes left Creighton in 1993 when he was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals. In 1996, he was awarded the Cardinals’ Rookie of the Year Award. He also pitched for the Chicago Cubs and the Texas Rangers. He pitched a total of eight seasons before he retired in 2007 due to arm injuries. Today, Benes works as a scout for the St. Louis Cardinals. He and his wife, Mary Beth, have three children.
Huss played for the Creighton women’s basketball team from 1990-1994 and was a key figure in the best four-year stretch in the team’s history. During those four years, the Jays won more than 20 games each season and twice won Western Athletic Conference titles. Huss was the seventh player in school history to reach 1,000 career points, ending her career ranked sixth in school history with 1,343 points.
Since graduating from Creighton in 1994, Huss has coached volleyball and basketball. She currently works at the Jefferson Community Hospital in Fairbury, Neb., as an outpatient coordinator. She and her husband, Bryce, have three children.
Warming, known as the “father of modern Bluejay soccer,” coached the Creighton men’s soccer team from 1990-1994 and from 2001-2009. He jump-started the program after it had been dormant for four years, developing Creighton men’s soccer into the powerhouse that it is today. He led the Bluejays to 11 NCAA Tournament appearances and sent the team to the 2002 College Cup. On a national level, Warming is regarded as one of the top coaches in the country. He ranks fourth among active Division I head coaches in victories and was named national coach of the year in 2008. He is one of only two active coaches in Division I to take two different programs to the College Cup.
Warming left Creighton in 2010 to coach the men’s soccer team at Penn State. During his first season, Warming led the team to the Big Ten Tournament championship and to the NCAA Tournament. Warming lives in University Park, Penn., with his wife, Cindy. They have four children.