In her 33rd year at Creighton and her 26th year in the Athletic Department, executive assistant Patty Galas proves she’s more than just a welcoming face when walking into the Championship Center.
An assistant to men’s basketball coach Greg McDermott and Athletic Director Bruce Rasmussen, Galas has been, and continues to be, well connected with Creighton athletics for many years.
“My husband Ray had attended Creighton and had season tickets. We went to all the men’s basketball games. It was his love of Creighton basketball that got me excited about the team,” she said. “When the position became open to be the assistant to Coach [Dana] Altman, I jumped at the opportunity.”
Galas started her career at Creighton University in August of 1987 in biomedical communications, where she worked for seven years. When she saw the opening in the Athletics Department, she took her shot and has been part of the athletics family since.
Her history at Creighton is an achievement few have accomplished, and she continues to make memories every day.
“I have had so many wonderful memories being able to travel with our team to tournaments all around the world. My favorite memories are the ones I was able to share time with our player’s parents, boosters and my own family,” Galas said. “The lifetime friends and relationships I have acquired through this job have made me a better person and appreciate the opportunities God has blessed me with.”
Some of those moments include climbing Diamond Head, walking across a suspension bridge in Utah, attending the Sydney Opera House in Australia and seeing the last performance of “The Lion King” in New York City.
With so many memories and exciting days, Galas said the switch to virtual working last spring only made it more clear she has passion for her job.
“I remember after the first week we got sent home from work that I emailed the athletic director and said that if I have learned anything, it is that I am not ready to retire,” she said.
Galas works alongside Rasmussen to provide administrative support to him and his other staff.
Although her work may go unnoticed to some people, her role in coordinating team travel, managing the head coach’s scheduling, making arrangements for tournament and postseason play and coordinating work for Big East Media Day are important to McDermott and the men’s basketball program.
“She is the glue that keeps everything together,” McDermott said.
Galas says one of her favorite parts of the job is the interaction with the parents of the basketball players. She said when she travels with the team, it’s her goal to make sure everyone has a great experience.
“It is obvious that she loves her job,” McDermott said. “She is not only a great person; Patty is also incredibly helpful to everyone who comes through our doors.”
While her start at Creighton didn’t begin in athletics, Galas is thankful it’s where she is today.
“God always has a plan. You don’t always know what it is, but you have to open up your heart to be able to follow His plan,” Galas said. “I am grateful to be here; Creighton has been a second family for me.”