Dana Altman

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Dana Altman
Dana Altman (cropped).jpg
Sport(s) Men's basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Oregon
Record 99–46 (.683)
Biographical details
Born (1958-06-16) June 16, 1958 (age 56)
Crete, Nebraska
Playing career
1976–1978
1978–1980
Southeast CC
Eastern New Mexico
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1980–1982
1982–1983
1983–1986
1986–1989
1989–1990
1990–1994
1994–2010
2010–present
Western State (asst.)
Southeast CC
Moberly CC
Kansas State (asst.)
Marshall
Kansas State
Creighton
Oregon
Head coaching record
Overall 509–289 (.646)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
MVC Tournament Championship (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007)
MVC Regular Season Championship (2001, 2002, 2009)
College Basketball Invitational Champions (2011)
Pac-12 Tournament Championship (2013)
Awards
SoCon Coach of the Year (1990)
Big Eight Coach of the Year (1993)
MVC Coach of the Year (2001, 2002)
Pac-12 Coach of the Year (2013)
Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year Award (2013)

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.[1] Before then, he was head coach at Creighton for 16 years. His total record in 24 seasons as a Division I head coach is 501-288 (.635).

College education[edit]

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.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Kansas State[edit]

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.[citation needed]

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.

Creighton[edit]

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).

Oregon[edit]

On April 24, 2010, Altman agreed to a 7-year contract worth nearly $2 million per year with Oregon.[3][4][5][6][7] The university made it official on April 26 with a press conference. Before the 2014 NCAA tournament, Mr. Altman was made aware of the fact that three of his players were being investigated for a sexual assault related crime but did not make a decision to hold the players back from playing.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Marshall (Southern Conference) (1989–1990)
1989–90 Marshall 15–13 9–5 2nd
Marshall: 15–13 (.536) 9–5 (.643)
Kansas State (Big 8 Conference) (1990–1994)
1990–91 Kansas State 13–15 3–11 8th
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)
1994–95 Creighton 7–19 4–14 T-9th
1995–96 Creighton 14–15 9–9 T-5th
1996–97 Creighton 15–15 10–8 T-6th
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
2009–10 Creighton 18–16 10–8 4th CIT Semifinals
Creighton: 327–176 (.650) 178–107 (.625)
Oregon (Pacific-12 Conference) (2010–Present)
2010–11 Oregon 21–18 7–11 T-7th CBI Champions
2011–12 Oregon 24–10 13–5 T-2nd NIT Quarterfinals
2012–13 Oregon 28–8 12–6 T-2nd NCAA Sweet 16
2013–14 Oregon 24–10 10–8 T-3rd NCAA Third Round
2014–15 Oregon 6–3
Oregon: 103–49 (.678) 42–30 (.583)
Total: 513–292 (.637)

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Personal life[edit]

Altman was born in Crete, Nebraska.[2] He is married to the former Reva Phillips. They have three sons Jordan, Chase, and Spencer, and one daughter, Audra.[2] Altman, an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America, received a Distinguished Eagle Scout Award in 2008.[8][9]

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