Steve Alford

Basketball Player and Coach

Stephen Todd Alford is a retired American basketball player and the current head coach of the University of New Mexico Lobos men's basketball team. Alford, a former college basketball star and NBA player, was born in Franklin, Indiana and he grew up in New Castle, Indiana.… Read More

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1964 Birth Born on November 23, 1964.


1983 18 Years Old 1 More Event
By his senior year in 1983, before the three-point line was even implemented, Alford averaged 37.7 points per game and earned the Indiana "Mr. Basketball" award.
1984 19 Years Old 1 More Event
…  That year Alford helped lead Indiana to an upset of the Michael Jordan-led North Carolina Tar Heels in the 1984 NCAA tournament.


1985 20 Years Old 1 More Event
As a sophomore Alford was named to the 1985 NIT Tournament All-Tournament team after the Hoosiers finished second behind UCLA.
1986 21 Years Old In his senior year, the Alford-led 1986-87 Hoosiers won Indiana's fifth national championship against Syracuse in the 1987 NCAA tournament. … Read More
1987 22 Years Old 1 More Event
Alford led Indiana University to a national championship in the 1987 NCAA tournament, when Keith Smart hit the winning jump shot against Syracuse. … Read More
1991 26 Years Old Alford began his college coaching career in North Manchester, Indiana in 1991 as head coach of the Division III Manchester University's basketball program. … Read More
1993 28 Years Old In 1993, 1994, and 1995 Alford was named the Indiana Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year. … Read More


The team advanced to the Division III championship game in 1995, placing second in the nation after suffering its first defeat in 32 games. … Read More
1999 34 Years Old Steve Alford was named the head coach of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes men's basketball program on March 22, 1999. … Read More


2005 40 Years Old …  In 2005, Pierce was charged with sexual assault of his girlfriend, and he was dismissed from the team before charges were filed. … Read More
2006 41 Years Old 1 More Event
During the 2006–2007 season, Alford led the Hawkeyes to an 8–6 non-conference record (losing to in-state rivals Drake and Northern Iowa) and a 9–7 record in the Big Ten Conference (17-14 overall). … Read More
2007 42 Years Old Alford was named head coach at the University of New Mexico on March 23, 2007 replacing the fired Ritchie McKay. … Read More
2010 45 Years Old The 2010-2011 season started with Alford's group at 12-4 after non-conference play, but the team struggled to an 8-8 conference regular season record. … Read More
2012 47 Years Old In the 2012-2013 season, with a vicious defensive team, Alford led his Lobo squad to a 26-5 regular season record, winning the Mountain West Regular Season conference title. … Read More
2013 48 Years Old On March 30, 2013, Alford signed a seven-year, $18.2-million contract to become the head coach of the UCLA Bruins, replacing the fired Ben Howland.
2014 49 Years Old In his first season, Alford directed the Bruins to the title in the 2014 Pac-12 Tournament, the school's first conference tournament title in six years. … Read More


2015 50 Years Old Because of these successes on the court, on June 9, 2015, Alford was honored as the 2015 Big Ten Club of Southern California's Person of the Year at the Tournament House, home of the Tournament of Roses in Pasadena. … Read More
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