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June 16, 1958 |
Eastern New Mexico
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Western State (asst.)
Kansas State (asst.)
|Head coaching record|
|Tournaments||(NCAA): 6–10 (NIT): 8–8 (CIT): 2–1 (CBI): 5–1|
|Accomplishments and honors|
Dana Dean Altman (born June 16, 1958) is an American college basketball coach. He is the head coach of the University of Oregon Ducks men's basketball team. Before then, he was head coach at Creighton for 16 years.
Dana Altman began playing college basketball at Fairbury Junior College (now Southeast Community College) in Fairbury, Nebraska. He earned an associate degree in business administration there in 1978. He then received his undergraduate degree in the same field at Eastern New Mexico University in 1980.
Although his four-year tenure as Kansas State’s head coach produced one NCAA Tournament appearance, Dana Altman will be remembered most for his ability to win close ball games, and for pulling off some of the biggest upsets in school history.
Altman’s teams were 28–13 in games decided by six points or less, which included a 6–1 mark in one-point games. His 1992–93 club perpetuated a Kansas State tradition. Picked to finish last in the Big Eight, Altman’s Wildcats won 11 games in the final minute, earned the school’s first Top 25 ranking in five seasons, finished 19–11, reached the championship game of the Big Eight Tournament and returned Kansas State to the NCAA Tournament for the 21st time.
Altman’s peers named him Big Eight Coach-of-the-Year in 1993 and he capped the season by upsetting No. 6 Kansas 74–67 in the semifinals of the conference tournament.
The following season, he made it two in a row over Kansas when he upset the No. 1 ranked Jayhawks 68–64 in Lawrence. His 1993–94 squad finished the season with a 20–14 record and advanced to the NIT Final Four in New York City. Following the season, he accepted the head coaching position at Creighton, in his home state of Nebraska.
During his time at Creighton, his athletes earned three All-American honors on the court and three other Academic All-America laurels in the classroom. Three players he coached at Creighton, Kyle Korver, Rodney Buford, and Anthony Tolliver, have played in the NBA.
Altman was named Valley Coach of the Year twice, first in 2001 and also in 2002. Altman was a finalist for the Naismith College Coach of the Year and named the NABC District 12 and USBWA District VI Coach of the Year in 2002–03.
Altman became the 14th head coach in Creighton history following the 1993–94 season after four years as the head coach at Kansas State. Hired on March 31, 1994, Altman inherited a team that posted a 7–22 ledger the year before his arrival and led the Bluejays to a slightly improved 7–19 record in 1994–95 before his 1995–96 squad jumped to 14–15. In 1996–97, Altman’s team was 15–15 and followed with another substantial jump to 18–10 and a bid to the NIT in 1997–98.
On April 2, 2007, Altman announced that he would become the head coach for the Arkansas Razorbacks, in a deal that was rumored to be $1.5 million per year, 5-year contract. Only one day later he had a change of heart and returned to Omaha and his team at Creighton, citing family reasons. He became the first coach since Bobby Cremins to renege on a "higher profile", better paying job and return (Cremins accepted the job at South Carolina and returned to coach Georgia Tech's Yellow Jackets).
On February 5, 2009, Altman won his 300th game as Creighton head coach. In his first 13 years at Creighton, Altman ranked third all-time on the coaching victories list in the 99-year history of the Missouri Valley Conference, trailing only Hall of Fame coaches Henry Iba and Eddie Hickey. His record in 16 seasons with the Creighton Bluejays was 327–176 (.650).
Head coaching record
|Marshall (Southern Conference) (1989–1990)|
|Marshall:||15–13 (.536)||9–5 (.643)|
|Kansas State (Big 8 Conference) (1990–1994)|
|1991–92||Kansas State||16–14||5–9||T-6th||NIT 2nd Round|
|1992–93||Kansas State||19–11||7–7||T-5th||NCAA First Round|
|1993–94||Kansas State||20–14||4–10||T-6th||NIT Final Four|
|Kansas State:||68–54 (.557)||19–37 (.339)|
|Creighton (Missouri Valley Conference) (1994–2010)|
|1997–98||Creighton||18–10||12–6||2nd||NIT First Round|
|1998–99||Creighton||22–9||11–7||T-2nd||NCAA Second Round|
|1999–00||Creighton||23–10||11–7||4th||NCAA First Round|
|2000–01||Creighton||24–8||14–4||1st||NCAA First Round|
|2001–02||Creighton||23–9||14–4||T-1st||NCAA Second Round|
|2002–03||Creighton||29–5||15–3||2nd||NCAA First Round|
|2003–04||Creighton||20–9||12–6||T-2nd||NIT First Round|
|2004–05||Creighton||23–11||11–7||T-3rd||NCAA First Round|
|2005–06||Creighton||20–10||12–6||T-2nd||NIT Second Round|
|2006–07||Creighton||22–11||13–5||2nd||NCAA First Round|
|2007–08||Creighton||22–11||10–8||4th||NIT Second Round|
|2008–09||Creighton||27–8||14–4||T-1st||NIT Second Round|
|Creighton:||327–176 (.650)||178–107 (.625)|
|Oregon (Pacific-10/Pacific-12 Conference) (2010–Present)|
|2012–13||Oregon||28–9||12–6||T-2nd||NCAA Sweet 16|
|2013–14||Oregon||24–10||10–8||T-3rd||NCAA Third Round|
|2014–15||Oregon||26–10||13–5||T-2nd||NCAA Third Round|
|Oregon:||123–57 (.683)||55–35 (.611)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
Altman was born in Crete, Nebraska. He is married to the former Reva Phillips. They have three sons Jordan, Chase, and Spencer, and one daughter, Audra. Altman, an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America, received a Distinguished Eagle Scout Award in 2008.
- "Oregon makes Creighton's Altman next basketball coach". The Sports Network. April 26, 2010.
- "Altman Named Men's Basketball Coach". goducks.com. April 26, 2010.
- Hunt, John (April 24, 2010). "Oregon basketball: Creighton's Dana Altman will be next Ducks coach". OregonLive.com. Retrieved April 25, 2010.
- Oregon Basketball: Ducks Close to Hiring Creighton's Dana Altman
- Dana Altman Taking Oregon Job
- Altman Expected To Be New UO Basketball Coach
- "Reports: Altman to replace Kent". ESPN.com. April 24, 2010. Retrieved April 25, 2010.
- Altman receives top honors from Boy Scouts
- "Former Huskers Help Honor 'Ultimate Boy Scout'". www.huskers.com. June 27, 2008.