George Henry Raveling is an American college basketball player and coach. He played at Villanova University, was the head coach at Washington State University, the University of Iowa, the University of Southern California. Raveling has been Nike's global basketball sports marketing director since he retired from coaching in 1994, he is a former FOX Sports Net color commentator, is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Born and raised in Washington, D. C. Raveling did not play basketball until his ninth grade year, he was enrolled at a Catholic boarding school in Hoban Heights, Pennsylvania. His grandmother's employer helped. Raveling's father died when he was 9 and his mother was institutionalized when he was 13, so academics became among the most influential forces in his life. Raveling attended college at Villanova University near Philadelphia and played basketball for the Wildcats. An outstanding rebounder, he set school single game and season rebounding records in his time.
Raveling was team captain in his senior season, was featured on the cover of the 1960 media guide. The Philadelphia Warriors selected him in the eighth round of the 1960 NBA draft. Raveling became an assistant coach at his alma mater Villanova moved to Maryland in 1969 on the staff of new head coach Lefty Driesell. At College Park, he became the first African American coach in the Atlantic Coast Conference. On August 28, 1963, as Martin Luther King Jr. waved goodbye to an audience of over 250,000 "March on Washington" participants, Raveling asked King if he could have the speech. King handed Raveling the original typewritten "I Have a Dream" pages. Raveling was on the podium with King at that moment, he still has the original, had been offered more than three million dollars for the speech. Hired in Pullman in April 1972, Raveling was the first African-American basketball coach in the Pacific-8 Conference, which became the Pacific-10 Conference in 1978 and is now known as the Pac-12 Conference.
He guided the Washington State men's basketball team from 1972–1983 with two NCAA tournament appearances during his eleven years. The first was in 1980 and marked the first time WSU was included in the NCAA bracket since finishing second in 1941. Raveling was one of the winningest coaches in Washington State basketball history, with a 167–136 record and seven winning seasons, including five straight from the 1975–76 campaign through the 1980 season. While at Washington State, Raveling was an assistant coach for the USA team at the 1979 Pan American Games and the West Regional coach at the 1979 U. S. Olympic Sports Festival, he was an assistant coach for the U. S. Olympic Trials in 1980. Among his outstanding players were James Donaldson, Craig Ehlo, Don Collins, Bryan Rison, Steve Harriel, who all earned All-Pac-10 first team honors. Donaldson was on the 1988 NBA All-Star team. Collins played in both the NBA and CBA after setting the WSU record for career steels and finishing third in scoring. Ehlo was selected in the third round of the 1983 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets.
Raveling was the UPI Pac-8 Coach of the Year winner in 1976, was the league's coach of the year winner in 1976 and 1983. He was honored by WSU with his induction into the Pac-12 Hall of Honor. Raveling succeeded Lute Olson as head coach at the University of Iowa in 1983, guided the Hawkeyes to consecutive 20-win seasons and NCAA tournament berths in 1985 and 1986. In 1984, he served as the assistant coach for the USA Olympic men's basketball team. Bob Knight served as the head coach, Steve Alford and Michael Jordan were guards on that team. Shooting 63.9 percent from the floor, the US team captured the ninth Olympic title with a convincing 96–65 victory over Spain in the gold medal game. During his 4-year tenure at Iowa, Raveling is best known for his recruits and outstanding players, including B. J. Armstrong, Kevin Gamble, Ed Horton, Roy Marble and Greg Stokes, all of whom went on to play in the NBA. In March 1986, he returned to the Pac-10 as head coach for the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Hank Gathers and Bo Kimble were recruited to USC by Head Coach Stan Morrison and his top assistant, David Spencer. They were joined by high school All-American, Tom Lewis, Rich Grande as the "Four Freshmen" star recruiting class. Following an 11–17 season coaching USC, Morrison and Spencer were fired after the 1985–86 season was over, despite winning the Pac-10 the previous year, it was reported that the players would not remain unless certain conditions were met, including having a say in the next coaching staff. USC hired Raveling as the next head coach of the Trojans. Raveling gave the players a deadline to respond; when they did not respond, he revoked the scholarships of Gathers and Lewis. Raveling's controversial statement was, "You can't let the Indians run the reservation," he said. "You've got to be strong, too. Sometimes you have to tell them that they have to exit." Kimble and Gathers transferred together from USC to Loyola Marymount. Lewis transferred to Pepperdine. Grande remained at USC.
During Raveling's career at USC, the Trojans advanced to the NCAA tournament in 1991 and 1992 and competed in the NIT in 1993 and 1994. Raveling was named Kodak National Coach of the Year, Basketball Weekly Coach of the Year, Black Coaches Association Coac
Kelvin Dale Sampson is an American basketball coach, the head coach of the Houston Cougars men's basketball team. He was the head coach at Montana Tech from 1981 to 1985, Washington State University from 1987 to 1994, the University of Oklahoma from 1994 to 2006, Indiana University 2006 to 2008, he has been an assistant coach for National Basketball Association teams including the Milwaukee Bucks and Houston Rockets. Sampson was born in the Lumbee Indian community of Deep Branch in Robeson County, North Carolina, where he excelled in the classroom and the athletic arena during his prep days at Pembroke High School, in Pembroke, North Carolina. Sampson was captain of his high school basketball team for two years, played for his father John W. "Ned" Sampson. His father was one of the 500 Lumbee Native Americans who made national news by driving the Ku Klux Klan out of Maxton, North Carolina in what is annually celebrated by the Lumbee as the Battle of Hayes Pond, he played at Pembroke State University, concentrating on basketball and baseball.
The point guard was team captain for the Braves as a senior and earned four letters in basketball and three in baseball. He earned Dean's List recognition throughout his collegiate career and received the Gregory Lowe Memorial Award as the school's outstanding physical education major his senior year. After earning degrees from Pembroke State in both health and physical education and political science, Sampson pursued his master's degree in coaching and administration at Michigan State University, he left with a year's experience as a graduate assistant under Jud Heathcote. Sampson is married to Karen Lowery, they have one daughter and one son, Kellen. Lauren is the Men's Basketball Director of External Operations at the University of Houston, Kellen is an Assistant Coach at Houston. After leaving Michigan State, Sampson moved to Montana Tech. After serving as an interim coach for one season, Sampson guided the Orediggers to a 73–45 record in his final four seasons. Montana Tech had won just 17 games combined in the three years before his arrival.
Sampson turned in three consecutive 22-win seasons and claimed three Frontier Conference championships at Montana Tech. He led his teams to two NAIA District 12 title games and was named the league's coach of the year in 1983 and 1985. After five years at Montana Tech Sampson joined the staff at Washington State University as an assistant to Len Stevens. After two years under Stevens, Sampson was named the head coach of the Washington State Cougars in 1988; when Sampson led the team to the NIT in 1992, it marked the first time Washington State had participated in postseason play since 1983. He was named Kodak District 14 Coach of the Year by the NABC for the second time in three years, he first won the award in 1991 when his Cougar squad produced the school's first winning season since 1983. Sampson was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 1992. In his final year at the school in 1994 he led the Cougars to their first NCAA Tournament berth in 11 years. With records of 22–11 in 1992 and 20–11 in 1994, Sampson became one of only four men to win 20 or more games in a single season in Washington State history.
Sampson became the 11th head coach at the University of Oklahoma on April 25, 1994. Sampson was named national coach of the year in 1995 by the Associated Press, United States Basketball Writers Association and Basketball Weekly after guiding the Sooners to 23–9 overall and 15–0 home marks, it was the second-best overall record posted by a first-year coach in Big 8 history. Sampson possesses the highest winning percentage in Oklahoma history, he guided OU to nine consecutive 20-win seasons. He averaged 24.4 wins over those nine campaigns. He directed the Sooners to postseason tournament berths in each of his 12 seasons, with a Sweet 16 showing in 1999, a Final Four appearance in 2002 and an Elite Eight appearance in 2003, his teams played in the Big 12 Tournament title game on five occasions during the 10 seasons he coached in the Big 12. In 2001, 2002, 2003, the Sooners won that tournament. Sampson finished with a Big 12 Tournament record of 17-7; the University of Oklahoma is where Sampson earned his nickname "Mr. Blue Shirt" as he only wears blue dress shirts when he coaches.
On March 29, 2006 Sampson was named the head coach at Indiana University following the resignation of Mike Davis. Sampson was the second minority coach in the history of the Hoosier basketball program behind Mike Davis. Upon taking the reins of the Indiana Hoosiers he noted, "I love my job at Oklahoma and I would not leave OU for any job unless it was a job like Indiana. My family and I have had 12 great years at Oklahoma, the best years of our life, but Indiana is one of the great programs in college basketball and if they call and offer, it is a job as a coach that you have to take."In his first season at Indiana, Sampson led the Hoosiers to a 21–11 record overall and a 34th appearance in the NCAA tournament as a 7th seed in the West. Indiana beat first round opponent Gonzaga, losing in the second round to eventual Regional Champion UCLA, 54–49. On February 22, 2008, Sampson was forced to resign due to allegations of serious NCAA violations; as a result of these allegations, Sampson received a five-year show-cause penalty.
See NCAA violations section below. Following his resignation and penalties from the NCAA, he spent the next three years as an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Bucks followed by three years as an assistant for the Houston Rockets. Following the expiration of the five year show cause penalty, the Houston Cougars hired Sampson to coach the men's basketball team on April 2, 2014. Sampson
Bob Boyd (basketball)
William Robert Boyd was an American collegiate men's basketball coach, head coach at Seattle University, the University of Southern California and Mississippi State University. Boyd had a long association with the University of Southern California's men's basketball, first as a player and as its head coach; the 3-year letterman was USC's most valuable player as a senior in 1952. Boyd began his coaching career, first for five years in the high school ranks for six years at the junior college level at Santa Ana College and collegiately, first at Seattle University, where Boyd went 41-13 in 2 seasons. After a year out of coaching while working for Converse athletic shoes, Boyd embarked on a 13-year career as head coach of the USC basketball team. Boyd's teams played in the post-season four times. Boyd's 1971 team, which went 24-2 and was ranked fifth in the nation, is regarded among USC's best. Boyd's wins over UCLA in 1969 and 1970 were the UCLA's first losses in Pauley Pavilion, built in 1966.
Boyd was twice named the conference Coach of the Year. Boyd sent ten players including Paul Westphal and Gus Williams. After USC, Boyd went on to be the head coach at Mississippi State University, Riverside Community College and Chapman University, was an assistant at LSU and Utah State University. Boyd was a member of the University of Southern California's Athletic Hall of Fame and the Pac-12 Conference Men's Basketball Hall of Honor. Boyd died of natural causes in Palm Desert, California on January 14, 2015, aged 84."Boyd labored and for the Trojans — much more than most people realize," wrote Steve Bisheff. "The truth is, Boyd was the best USC basketball coach of the modern era, if not any era... The only thing wrong was his timing, he just happened to coach in the same town, at the same time, as a college basketball icon
Benjamin Clark Howland is an American college basketball coach for the Mississippi State Bulldogs and former player. He served as the head men's basketball coach at Northern Arizona University from 1994 to 1999, the University of Pittsburgh from 1999 to 2003, the University of California, Los Angeles from 2003 to 2013. Howland became the first men's coach in modern college basketball history to be fired shortly after winning an outright power-conference title, he is one of the few NCAA Division I coaches to take four teams to the NCAA tournament: Northern Arizona, Pittsburgh, UCLA & Mississippi State. Born in Lebanon, Howland first attended Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta, for a year transferred to Cerritos High School in Cerritos, where he earned his diploma. While at Cerritos, he was a two-time All-CIF and two-time Suburban League Most Valuable Player in basketball. After high school Howland played college basketball for Santa Barbara City College transferred to Weber State College in Ogden, Utah, a member of the Big Sky Conference.
Known as a defensive specialist, he played professional basketball in Uruguay. He earned a bachelor's degree in physical education at Weber State and a master's degree in administration at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. 1972-73: Dos Pueblos High School, California 1973-76: Cerritos High School, California 1976-78: Santa Barbara City College, led the Vaqueros to California State finals in 1978. 1978-80: Weber State College, named WSC's defensive MVP both years and led Wildcats to consecutive Big Sky titles and NCAA Tournament appearances in 1979 and 1980. 1980: Played professionally in Bohemios First Division Uruguay, South America. Howland wanted to be a coach since his teenage years living in Santa Barbara. At the age of twenty-four, he became a graduate assistant at Gonzaga, his childhood friend Jay Hillock, the new head coach, recruited Howland. At Gonzaga, one of Howland's duties was to guard future basketball Hall of Famer John Stockton in practice. After a year at Gonzaga, Howland got his first paid coaching job at the University of California, Santa Barbara as an assistant coach to Ed DeLacy.
After Jerry Pimm replaced DeLacy in 1983, Howland helped Pimm lead the Gauchos to five post-season appearances between 1988 and 1994. Starting in 1992, Howland applied for head coaching jobs at UC Irvine and Loyola Marymount University but was turned down both times. Howland's first head coaching job was at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Under Howland, Northern Arizona captured the Big Sky Conference Championship in the 1996-97 season, he led the Lumberjacks to the Big Sky Tournament Championship the following year, sending them to the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. While at NAU, he was considered for head coaching jobs at UC Irvine again and at UCSB, but again was turned down, he ended up replacing Ralph Willard at the University of Pittsburgh, a member of the Big East Conference. While at Pittsburgh, Howland rebuilt the Panthers basketball program and earned an NIT bid his second season, followed by back-to-back Big East regular-season conference titles and NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearances.
He took Pitt to three straight Big East Championship games, winning the 2003 tournament title, the first in school history. In 2002, Howland earned several national coach-of-the-year awards. Howland's win-loss record at Pitt was 89–40 with four consecutive post-season bids. Despite some success under the watch of Steve Lavin, the program wanted to regain its position in the college basketball upper echelon; the success in the NCAA tournament belied the fact that UCLA had earned no better than a number 4 seed with the exception of the 1997 season. The 2002-03 season turned out to be the back-breaker for Lavin as the Bruins stumbled to a 10–19 record and a 6–12 record in the conference, it was the first losing season for UCLA in over five decades. Lavin was dismissed following the season. UCLA looked to find a coach that could move the Bruins back to the elite ranks of the Pac-10 and the country. Howland's success at the University of Pittsburgh and his southern California roots made him an attractive candidate.
In 2003, he accepted the only job he said he would contemplate leaving Pitt for: the head coaching duties at UCLA. UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero, who declined to hire Howland at UC Irvine in 1997, felt that Howland's Big East style of basketball, characterized by a slow down offense and lock-down man on man defense, would vault the program to the top of the Pac-10. However, Howland came into a program at the bottom of the Pac-10 with a roster not suited to his style. In his first season the club finished 7-11 in the conference. Howland remedied this disappointment in his recruiting efforts. Howland produced a top tier recruiting class from athletes in southern California that fit his Big East style. Behind Lavin hold-over Dijon Thompson and Howland recruits Jordan Farmar and Arron Afflalo, UCLA produced a winning season for the first time in three years and returned to the tournament. Despite losing in the first round, the foundation had been set for future success. Starting the 2005-06 season with the majority of the roster made over in Howland's image and with the Lavin hold-overs buying into the system the Bruins produced an excellent campaign.
They finished the regular season 24 -- 6. They roared through the Pac-10 tournament, winning each game by double digits en route to only the second Pac-10 tournament championship in school history; the momentum continued into the NCAA tournament as the second-seeded Bruins staged a memorable late-game comeback to defeat Gonzaga
UCLA Bruins men's basketball
The UCLA Bruins men's basketball program represents the University of California, Los Angeles in the sport of men's basketball as a member of the Pac-12 Conference. Established in 1919, the program has won a record 11 NCAA titles. Coach John Wooden led the Bruins to 10 national titles in 12 seasons, from 1964 to 1975, including seven straight from 1967 to 1973. UCLA went undefeated a record four times. Coach Jim Harrick led the team to another NCAA title in 1995. Former coach Ben Howland led UCLA to three consecutive Final Four appearances from 2006 to 2008; as a member of the AAWU, Pacific-8 and Pacific-10, UCLA set a NCAA Division I record with 13 consecutive regular season conference titles between 1967 and 1979 which stood until passed by Kansas in 2018. UCLA men's basketball has set several NCAA records. 11 NCAA titles 7 consecutive NCAA titles 13 NCAA title game appearances* 10 consecutive Final Four appearances 25 Final Four wins* 38 game NCAA Tournament winning streak 134 weeks ranked No. 1 in AP Top 25 Poll 221 consecutive weeks ranked in AP Top 25 Poll 54 consecutive winning seasons 88 game men's regular season winning streak 13 consecutive Div-I regular season conference titles ** 4 undefeated seasons * 1980 tournament final vacated by NCAA ** Surpassed by Kansas in 2018 In 1919, Fred Cozens became the first head coach of the UCLA basketball and football teams.
Cozens coached the basketball team for two seasons, finishing with an overall record of 21–4. Caddy Works was the head coach of the Bruins from 1921 to 1939. Works coached the team only during the evenings. According to UCLA player and future Olympian Frank Lubin, Works was "more of an honorary coach" with little basketball knowledge. Wilbur Johns was the UCLA basketball head coach from 1939 to 1948, guiding the Bruins to a 93-120 record. From 1948 to 1975, John Wooden, nicknamed the "Wizard of Westwood", served as UCLA's head coach, he won ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year period, including a run of seven in a row that shattered the previous record of only two consecutive titles. Within this period, his teams won a men's basketball-record 88 consecutive games. Prior to Wooden's arrival, UCLA had only won two conference championships in the previous 18 years. In his first season, Wooden guided a UCLA team that had finished with a 12–13 record the previous year to a 22–7 record—then the most wins in a season in program history—and the Pacific Coast Conference Southern Division championship.
In his second season, Wooden led the Bruins to a 24 -- the PCC championship. The Bruins would win the division title in each of the next two seasons and the conference title in the latter season. Up to that time, UCLA had won only two division titles since the PCC began divisional play, it had not won a conference title of any kind since winning the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 1927. In 1955–56, Wooden guided the Bruins to their first undefeated PCC conference title and a 17-game winning streak that only came to an end in the 1956 NCAA Tournament at the hands of a University of San Francisco team that featured Bill Russell. However, UCLA was unable to maintain this level of performance over the immediate ensuing seasons, finding itself unable to return to the NCAA Tournament as the Pete Newell-coached California teams took control of the conference at the end of the decade. Hampering the fortunes of Wooden's team during that time period was a probation imposed on all UCLA sports in the aftermath of a scandal involving illegal payments made to players on the school's football team, along with USC, Cal and Stanford, resulting in the dismantling of the PCC conference.
By 1962 the probation was no longer in place and Wooden had returned the Bruins to the top of their conference. This time, they would take the next step, go on to unleash a run of dominance unparalleled in the history of college sports. A narrow loss due to a controversial foul call in the semifinal of the 1962 NCAA Tournament convinced Wooden that his Bruins were ready to contend for national championships. Two seasons the final piece of the puzzle fell into place when assistant coach Jerry Norman persuaded Wooden that the team's small-sized players and fast-paced offense would be complemented by the adoption of a zone press defense; the result was a dramatic increase in scoring, giving UCLA a powerhouse team led by Walt Hazzard and Gail Goodrich that went undefeated on its way to the school's first basketball national championship. Wooden's team repeated as national champions the following season before the squad fell in 1966 when it finished second in the conference to Oregon State. UCLA was ineligible to play in the NCAA tournament that year because in those days only conference champions went to the tournament.
However, the Bruins' incarnation returned with a vengeance in 1967 with the arrival of sophomore All-America and MVP Lew Alcindor. The team reclaimed not only the conference title but the national crown with an undefeated season. In January 1968, UCLA took its 47-game winning streak to the Astrodome in Houston, where Alcindor squared off against Elvin Hayes in the Game of the Century, the nation's first nationally televised regular season college basketball game. Houston upset UCLA 71-69 behind Hayes' 39 points. In a post-game interview, Wooden stated, "We have to start over." They did, went undefeated the rest of the year, avenging Houston 101-69 in the semi-final rematch of the NCAA tournament en route to the national championship. Hayes, who had bee
Sean Edward Miller is an American men's college basketball coach for the Arizona Wildcats in the Pac-12 Conference. Miller is a three-time gold medalist as a member of USA Basketball, once as a player, once as an assistant coach, once as head coach. Honors have followed Miller's success as he has won four league Coach of the Year Awards - once in the A10, three in the Pac-12, once as USA Basketball Coach of the Year. Miller was born in Pennsylvania; the son of John Miller, a Pennsylvania high school basketball coach, Miller was a point guard under his father at Blackhawk High School in Chippewa Township, Beaver County, Pennsylvania. He had developed considerable ballhandling skills before that time and appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson when he was fourteen years old, his ball handling skills were such that he was featured in the 1979 movie The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh, starring basketball star Julius Erving. In his junior year, he led Blackhawk to the 1986 Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League title.
In his senior year, he averaged 27 points and 11 assists per game and helped lead his Blackhawk Cougars to the 1987 WPIAL championship game. After graduation, he chose to play basketball for Pittsburgh. Miller played at Pitt from 1987–1992. Despite being a true freshman, he was the starting point guard; some of his more famous teammates at the time include Jerome Lane. Many of his teammates recall his knowledge of his leadership qualities, his knowledge of the game allowed him to compete at this level, although he did not have the speed or athleticism of his peers. Jason Matthews, the shooting guard next to Miller, recalls he was the leader of the team as a freshman, that the upperclassmen welcomed him as a leader; because of his knowledge and leadership abilities, none of his teammates were surprised once he became a top coach in NCAA men's basketball. Miller's collegiate statistics are: 128 games played, 1,282 points, 10.0 points per game, 744 assists, 5.8 assists per game, 261 rebounds, 2.0 rebounds per game, 102 steals.
Sean was on the all-Rookie team for the Big East. As of the 2009–2010 season, he was the No. 17 all-time scorer for Pitt, all-time best three-point shooter for Pitt, had the third most Big East career assists. Furthermore, he ranked 10th among career Division I free throw shooters at.885. After graduating from Pitt with a degree in communications in 1992, Miller took a graduate assistant position at Wisconsin, he spent two seasons at Miami under Herb Sendek, during which the team made two postseason appearances. He returned to his alma mater of Pittsburgh for a season as an assistant under Ralph Willard. In 1996, Miller joined North Carolina State. In Miller's five years in Raleigh, the Wolfpack made four postseason appearances, including a run into the 2000 NIT semifinals. Miller's next move was a return to southwestern Ohio in 2001; this time, he would join Thad Matta's staff at Xavier as the first associate head coach in the school's history. The Musketeers won 26 games in each of Miller's three seasons under Matta, making the NCAA tournament each season.
The 2004 season was notable. First, the Musketeers won the Atlantic 10 postseason tournament despite having to play four games to do so. Xavier made a deep run in the subsequent NCAA tournament, finishing with the school's first-ever appearance in the Elite Eight. Taking over as head coach at Xavier after Matta moved on to Ohio State, Miller took the Musketeers to four NCAA tournaments, in addition to winning three A-10 regular season championships and one conference tournament championship. In the 2008 NCAA tournament, the 3rd seeded Musketeers were eliminated in the Elite Eight by #1 seed UCLA, while in 2009, they were eliminated in the Sweet 16 by another #1 seed, Pittsburgh. After the tournament, Miller was announced to be a possible candidate for the vacant head coaching position at Arizona, which had spent two years under interim head coaches in the wake of the illness and retirement of Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson, he turned the job down before changing his mind and accepting the job on April 6, 2009 despite having never visited the Arizona campus.
He was succeeded at Xavier by former assistant Chris Mack. Within three months of joining the program, Miller had assembled a recruiting class ranked #12 in the nation by Scout.com. Miller led Arizona to a 16–15 record in his debut season, the Wildcats missed postseason play for the first time in 25 years. In the 2010–2011 season, Miller guided Arizona back to college basketball relevance, he led Arizona to its first top 10 ranking in the AP poll since January 8, 2007, led the Wildcats to their first outright Pac-10 Regular Season Title, 4th 30+ win season, 2nd Elite Eight appearance and its highest coaches poll finish since the 2004–2005 season. Miller compiled a recruiting class that included 4 ESPNU top 100 recruits, regarded as a top ten recruiting class. In addition, Miller led the Wildcats to their first unbeaten home record in 14 years and was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year; this was the first time an Arizona coach received this honor since Lute Olson did in 2003. The 17 consecutive home win streak tied for the second most in school history.
And is part of a 19-game home streak beginning in the 2009–2010 season. Miller's recruiting has improved. From not being ranked in the top-25 recruiting classes by ESPN in 2010, Miller would add to the season's success by guiding the Cats to their first Elite Eight appearance since the 2004–2005 Season as a 5-seed. In the second round, Arizona secured a 2-point victory over 12th see
Dana Dean Altman is an American college basketball coach. He is the head coach of the University of Oregon Ducks men's basketball team, he was head coach at Creighton, Kansas State and Marshall. Altman has won conference coach of the year awards at each school he has coached, has led his teams to 13 appearances in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Dana Altman began playing college basketball at Fairbury Junior College in Nebraska, he earned an associate degree in business administration there in 1978. He received his undergraduate degree in the same field at Eastern New Mexico University in 1980. In his first NCAA Division I head coaching position, Altman became the head men's basketball coach at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia in 1989. Although he only spent one season as the coach of the Thundering Herd, Altman led the Herd to a 15–13 record and to runners-up in the Southern Conference Tournament losing to East Tennessee State in the tournament championship game. Altman left Marshall after only one season to replace Lon Kruger, at Kansas State.
Although his four-year tenure as Kansas State's head coach produced one NCAA Tournament appearance, Altman will be remembered most for his ability to win close ball games, 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, Anthony Tolliver, have played in the NBA. Altman was named Valley Coach of the Year twice, first in 2001 and 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 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, rumored to be $1.5 million per year, 5-year contract. Only one day he had a change of heart and returned to Omaha and his team at Creighton, citing family reasons. 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. On April 24, 2010, Altman agreed to a 7-year contract worth nearly $2 million per year with Oregon; the university made it official on April 26 with a press conference. Under Dana Altman the University of Oregon has been one of the top basketball schools in the Pac-12 with notable conference achievements including two regular season Pac-12 Conference championships and three Pac-12 tournament championships.
Altman has led the Ducks to success in the NCAA tournament, including a Final Four run in 2017. In 2013 Oregon earned its first NCAA tournament bid under Dana Altman; this run ended in the sweet sixteen. Oregon continued this success, making the NCAA tournament in 2014 and 2015. Both the 2013–14 and 2014–15 seasons ended in the round of 32. On March 13, 2016, Oregon earned its first #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament in program history thanks to winning the Pac-12 regular season and conference tournament titles. On March 26, 2016, the Oregon Ducks lost, as a #1 seed in the Elite Eight to the #2 seeded Oklahoma Sooners due in large part to a lights out shooting performance by Buddy Hield. On November 11, 2016, Oregon and Altman agreed on a seven-year contract extension that will keep him in Eugene through the 2022–2023 season. On March 25, 2017, Altman led the #3 seeded Ducks to their first Final Four in 78 years with a 74-60 upset over #1 seed Kansas in Kansas City; this was Altman's first Final Four appearance.
Oregon would go on to lose in the Final Four to end what was considered a massively successful season for Altman and the Ducks On November 17, 2017, Altman won his 600th career Division I game in a 114–56 Ducks win over Alabama State. On March 14, 2019, Oregon and Altman agreed on a three-year contract extension that will keep him in Eugene through the 2025–2026 season. Altman was born in Nebraska, he is married to the former Reva Phillips. They have three sons Jordan and Spencer, one dau