EUGENE – Dana Altman, who has accumulated 13-consecutive post-season tournament appearances and 11-straight 20-win seasons in 16 seasons at Creighton University, has been named head men’s basketball coach at the University of Oregon, according to the school’s interim Athletics Director Lorraine Davis.
Altman (6/16/58) becomes the Ducks’ 19th men’s basketball coach in the program’s history after leaving Creighton as its winningest coach of all time with a record of 327-176 (.650).
His post-season tournament run and string of 20-win seasons, in addition to producing 10 or more league victories in each of the last 14 seasons, are all feats unmatched in the 103-year history of the Missouri Valley Conference.
He has won four Coach-of-the-Year awards from three different conferences spanning 13 seasons, including back-to-back MVC coaching honors while he was at the Omaha, Neb., educational institution in 2001 and 2002. Altman was a finalist for the Naismith National Coach of the Year Award and was named the NABC District 12 and USBWA District VI Coach of the Year following the 2002-03 campaign.
Creighton participated in seven NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournaments and five National Invitation Tournaments under Altman, advancing to the second round of the NCAA championships in both the 1998-99 and 2001-02 seasons. He led the school to a MVC regular-season title in 2000-01 - its first in 10 years. The Bluejays posted a school-record 29 wins in 2002-03, finishing the season 15th in the Associated Press poll and 23rd in the coaches’ voting.
Altman finishes his career at Creighton ranking third all-time on the MVC list of all-time wins (327), trailing only Basketball Hall of Fame coaches Henry Iba (486) and Eddie Hickey (337). In 2007, he was one of 10 coaches named as part of the MVC’s All-Centennial Team.
Student-athletes under his direction have earned six All-America honors on the court and four 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.
Along the way, Creighton established school records for most victories in a two-year (52), three-year (76) and four-year span (99). From 1998-99 through 2008-09, Creighton was one of just six schools to win 20 or more games each of those seasons, an elite list that also included Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Kansas and Syracuse.
In addition, Altman’s teams have ranked in the top 30 nationally in attendance each of the past seven years.
Altman compiled a 68-54 record and one NCAA Tournament appearance in four seasons at Kansas State, during which time he led the Wildcats to three straight postseason tourneys. Altman was named the Big Eight Conference Coach of the Year after leading KSU to a 19-11 record and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 1993.
Altman’s playing career began in 1976 at Southeast JC, where he captained teams to a pair of 20-plus win seasons. Altman completed his undergraduate education and playing career at Eastern New Mexico University. After earning his associate degree in business administration from Southeast in 1978, Altman graduated magna cum laude from Eastern New Mexico in 1980 with his bachelor’s degree in the same field.
He received his master of business administration degree from Western (Colo.) State in 1981.
Born in Crete, Neb., Altman was a two-sport letterman at Wilber (Neb.) High School, earning all-conference honors as a quarterback on the football team and as a guard in basketball.