Streeter Lecka/Getty Images
Before Dana Altman was hired to be the Oregon basketball coach in 2010, he had moderate success at Marshall and Kansas State. He established himself as one of the best mid-major coaches in the country in his 16 seasons at Creighton, where he posted a 327-176 record.
Since coming to Eugene, Altman has moved the program forward every season. In 2010-11, the Ducks went 21-18 and won the College Basketball Invitational. The following season, Oregon went 24-10, advancing to the NIT quarterfinals.
This past year, Altman’s army won the Pac-12 tournament, but they were only given a No. 12 seed on Selection Sunday. This only seemed to motivate this talented bunch that reeled off two wins on the opening week of March Madness, surprisingly getting through to the Sweet 16.
Altman has accomplished a rare feat: He has won a conference coach of the year award in each of the four leagues that he has served (SoCon—1990; Big Eight—1993; Missouri Valley—2001,2002; Pac-12—2013.
Even though his teams simply know how to win, Altman still does his work in near anonymity.