Steve Alford
Basketball player and coach
Steve Alford
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.
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In T. J. Leaf, U.C.L.A. Finds a Supersize Swiss Army Knife
NYTimes - 7 days
At 6-foot-10, Leaf was schooled by his father to play like a guard. Bruins Coach Steve Alford said: “He’s very skilled. He can beat you inside. He can beat you outside.”
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Steve Alford gets a bit defensive after UCLA takes care of Oregon State, 78-60
LATimes - 12 days
Steve Alford started his postgame remarks Sunday with a joke about his team’s defense, referencing an erroneous box score that lay on the table in front of him. “Best defense of the year,” the UCLA coach cracked, “holding them to 36 points.” It took just two questions from reporters about that...
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UCLA's defense is 'moving in the right direction,' Steve Alford says as Oregon looms
LATimes - 17 days
One metric that UCLA might want to track as it prepares for March isn’t its national ranking or projected NCAA tournament seeding. It’s the team’s adjusted defensive efficiency, a number that hasn’t been nearly as fun for the Bruins to monitor. It measures how many points a team allows per 100...
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UCLA, not Arizona, is generating all of the Pac-12 buzz
ABC News - about 1 month
UCLA is irresistible. Or, to be more specific, this version?of UCLA -- the 2016-17,? Lonzo-Ball-and- TJ-Leaf-led, sprint-the-ball-up-the-floor-and- do-something-like-this?(!) UCLA -- is irresistible. The four letters on the jersey connote storied and glorious history, sure, but it has been a long time since a team that wore them had this much fun doing so. Steve Alford has put a very good offense on the Pauley Pavilion floor before (in his first season, in 2013-14).? Kevin Love and Russell Westbrook?proved a fairly effective pairing (believe it or not) at the height of former coach Ben Howland's success. Baron Davis once did this to a dude back in the Steve Lavin days. But none of those teams made it this deep into a season playing a brand of basketball this simultaneously effective and infectious: Scoring more than anyone, shooting more accurately than anyone, and soaring up and down the court all.. ...
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No. 4 UCLA faces California in Pac-12 home opener
LATimes - about 2 months
UCLA didn’t enjoy a total reprieve from coursework over its winter break. The Bruins have been busy with an informal lesson in communication studies. Coach Steve Alford wants his players to talk more on defense as part of their efforts to improve the team’s one perceptible weakness. “It’s as simple...
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Holiday shines in sixth-man role with Bruins
LATimes - 2 months
Officially, he is UCLA’s sixth man. Coach Steve Alford calls him the sixth starter because he plays so many minutes. Whatever he goes by, Aaron Holiday seems to have a sixth sense about what his team needs. The sophomore point guard provided tenacious defense and savvy shot-making with Lonzo Ball...
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Two Bruins are injured, so Steve Alford is glad to have plenty of bodies to practice
LATimes - 4 months
For months, Steve Alford has gushed about UCLA possessing the deepest frontcourt since he’s coached the Bruins and five high-level guards who could comprise one of the nation’s top backcourts. A recent spate of injuries has made him increasingly thankful for every available body, regardless of...
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Steve Alford is feeling a lot better about UCLA basketball
LATimes - 5 months
Steve Alford showed up at seemingly the one place that could shield the UCLA basketball coach from his troubles Tuesday and found that even the Woodens had dispersed on him. Greg Wooden, the grandson of John Wooden, was seated at archrival USC’s table inside the Los Angeles Athletic Club. John...
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Steve Alford is feeling a lot better about UCLA basketball
LATimes - 5 months
Steve Alford showed up at seemingly the one place that could shield the UCLA basketball coach from his troubles Tuesday and found that even the Woodens had dispersed on him. Greg Wooden, the grandson of John Wooden, was seated at archrival USC’s table inside the Los Angeles Athletic Club. John...
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Steve Alford is feeling a lot better about UCLA basketball
LATimes - 5 months
Steve Alford showed up at seemingly the one place that could shield the UCLA basketball coach from his troubles Tuesday and found that even the Woodens had dispersed on him. Greg Wooden, the grandson of John Wooden, was seated at archrival USC’s table inside the Los Angeles Athletic Club. John...
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Steve Alford is feeling a lot better about UCLA basketball
LATimes - 5 months
Steve Alford showed up at seemingly the one place that could shield the UCLA basketball coach from his troubles Tuesday and found that even the Woodens had dispersed on him. Greg Wooden, the grandson of John Wooden, was seated at archrival USC’s table inside the Los Angeles Athletic Club. John...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Steve Alford
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Alford has three children, Kory, Bryce and Kayla. Kory played for his dad at New Mexico and transferred with him to UCLA. Bryce currently plays for his dad at UCLA. Alford is a Christian. Alford has spoken about his faith saying, "I’m a Christian first. I’m a family guy second. As much as I like coaching, as much as I like basketball, it’s third, fourth, or fifth down the line."
  • 2014
    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.
    More Details Hide Details They advanced to the Sweet 16 of the 2014 NCAA Tournament—their first regional semifinal appearance since 2008—before falling to Florida, who improved to 4–0 all-time against UCLA in the NCAA tournament. The Bruins began the 2014–15 season at 4–0 and ranked No. 22 before losing two of three games at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. Beginning with their December loss at home to Gonzaga, the Bruins lost five consecutive games, their longest streak since 2009–10. Losses included a 39-point defeat to No. 1 Kentucky—they fell behind 24–0 and trailed 41–7 at halftime—and by 32 points against Utah. UCLA closed out the regular season with three straight home wins to finish undefeated (9–0) at home in the conference for the first time since 2006–07. The Bruins went 1–1 in the 2015 Pac-12 Tournament, but proved most major projections wrong by receiving an invitation to the 2015 NCAA tournament, earning a No. 11 seed. They advanced to the Sweet 16, when they lost again to Gonzaga. The squad became the lowest-seed UCLA team to ever reach the regional semifinals.
  • 2013
    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.
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  • 2012
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Alford won his third MWC coach of the year honor, and New Mexico garnered another Player of the Year award in Kendall Williams. New Mexico was primed to make a deep run in the NCAA tournament after winning the MWC conference tournament for the second straight year. At 29-5 entering the tournament, New Mexico was an early favorite as a Final Four participant by several analysts and publications, but Alford and his Lobos were upset by an underdog Harvard team, who won their first NCAA tournament game in school history.
  • 2010
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Drew Gordon and Dairese Gary led a talented team that underachieved much throughout the year into the conference tournament. The team seemed poised to make a run in the MWC conference tournament, but a tragic ACL injury to Gary in the semi-finals against BYU proved to be too much to overcome for this young UNM squad. Their 2010-2011 season ended with an NIT loss to Alabama 74-67. However, with everyone coming back (with the exception of Gary), the following season seemed to hold promise. The 2011-2012 season began with a rough patch. UNM was picked to win the league for the first time in Alford's five years at the helm, but the team started a questionable 2-2 with losses to home state rival NMSU and a bottom feeder WCC team in Santa Clara. UNM then raced off to a twelve-game win streak and finished the non-conference season at 14-2. UNM then went on to have a 10-4 conference regular season record and a share of the conference title with arch-rival San Diego State. It was only fitting that the regular season co-champions would square off in the MWC tournament title game. With Drew Gordon and Demetrius Walker leading a battle tested UNM team in the championship, Alford and his Lobos prevailed to a 69-58 conference tournament title. UNM received a fifth seed in the NCAA West region, and they defeated Casper Ware and the Long Beach State 49ers in their first game of the NCAA Tournament.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2007
    Alford was named head coach at the University of New Mexico on March 23, 2007 replacing the fired Ritchie McKay.
    More Details Hide Details In his first year as the Lobos coach Alford posted a record of 24–9, 11–5 in league play. Twenty-four wins is the most for a New Mexico head coach in their first year. The Lobos were led by future 1st round Boston Celtics draft pick J. R. Giddens. The Lobos were eliminated in the first round of the NIT by Cal. In his second season, led by seniors Daniel Faris, Tony Danridge and Chad Toppert, Alford guided the Lobos to their first conference championship in 15 years. He earned the MWC Coach of the Year Award for his team's performance. Alford also set a record for most wins in the first two seasons for a UNM head coach. Alford and his New Mexico squad fell just short of the NCAA tourney and ended up with their second consecutive NIT bid. They won a first round home game against Nebraska and lost on a last second buzzer beater on the road to Notre Dame.
  • 2006
    At the conclusion of the 2006–2007 season, Alford resigned from the University of Iowa to accept the coaching position at the University of New Mexico.
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    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).
    More Details Hide Details Iowa failed to make the NCAA tournament or the NIT. It marked the first time since the 1976–1977 season that an Iowa team with a winning record has failed to make either the NCAA tournament or the NIT.
  • 2005
    In 2005, Pierce was charged with sexual assault of his girlfriend, and he was dismissed from the team before charges were filed.
    More Details Hide Details However, Alford's reputation among Iowa fans suffered. Pierce later served 11 months in a correctional facility. During the 2005–06 season, the Hawkeyes went undefeated at Carver-Hawkeye Arena and finished in a second-place tie with Illinois with an 11-5 conference record, one game behind Ohio State. However, the Hawkeyes defeated Minnesota, Michigan State, and Ohio State to win the Big Ten Tournament and finish 25-8 going into its third NCAA Tournament under Alford. They were seeded #3 in the Atlanta Regional of the 2006 NCAA Tournament, but lost in a first-round upset to #14 seed Northwestern State 64-63, leaving Alford with only one NCAA Tournament win since taking over at Iowa.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    Steve Alford was named the head coach of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes men's basketball program on March 22, 1999.
    More Details Hide Details Although Alford's first game as coach was a 70–68 victory against the defending national champion Connecticut Huskies at Madison Square Garden, his team went 14-16 during his first season at Iowa. During his second year (2000–01) the Hawkeyes went 23–12 in the regular season and 7–9 in the Big Ten Conference regular season, but they won the Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament with four straight wins against Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, and Indiana. This earned them a #7 seed in the 2001 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, where they defeated Creighton in the first round but lost to Kentucky in the second round. The Hawkeyes' conference record dropped to 5–11 during the 2001–02 season, but they defeated Purdue, Wisconsin, and Indiana in the Big Ten Tournament before losing to Ohio State in the finals. The Hawkeyes played in the National Invitation Tournament that season, but lost to LSU in the first round to finish with a 19–16 record. This was the first of three straight seasons that the Hawkeyes played in the NIT under Alford. They won the first two rounds of the 2003 tournament against Valparaiso and Iowa State before losing to Georgia Tech, finishing with a 17–14 record. That season, leading scorer Pierre Pierce was charged with raping a female Iowa athlete. Alford was adamant about Pierce's innocence. A plea bargain was reached where Pierce pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.
  • 1995
    Tyus Edney, who starred on UCLA's 1995 national championship team, continued as director of operations.
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    Following his time at Manchester, Alford was named the head coach at Southwest Missouri State University. He began his position there in the 1995-96 season, and would remain there until 1999.
    More Details Hide Details During his time at Missouri State, his teams posted a 78–48 record. In 1999, the Bears advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament before losing to Duke.
    The team advanced to the Division III championship game in 1995, placing second in the nation after suffering its first defeat in 32 games.
    More Details Hide Details The loss to Bo Ryan's University of Wisconsin-Platteville team marked the only title game in NCAA history matching two undefeated squads.
  • 1993
    In 1993, 1994, and 1995 Alford was named the Indiana Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year.
    More Details Hide Details In the 1994-95 season the Manchester team was inducted into the school Hall of Fame. In 1999 Alford was also inducted into Manchester's Hall of Fame.
  • 1991
    Alford began his college coaching career in North Manchester, Indiana in 1991 as head coach of the Division III Manchester University's basketball program.
    More Details Hide Details During his four seasons with the team, Alford had a record of 78–29. When Alford began coaching that team, the team had lost its first eight games. During his first season there Alford won four of 20 games. In his first full season as coach the team posted a record of 20–8. In the next season Manchester posted a record of 23–4, and in his fourth and final season his team finished 31–1. In 1994 and 1995 Manchester won conference titles, and in Alford's final three seasons the team competed in the NCAA Division III Tournament. Under Alford, the team won three straight conference tournament titles (1993, 1994, 1995).
  • TEENAGE
  • 1987
    Alford was drafted 26th in the 1987 NBA draft.
    More Details Hide Details Many fans in Indiana expected Alford to be drafted by the Indiana Pacers, but the Pacers selected Reggie Miller instead, and Alford fell to the Dallas Mavericks. Initially the choice angered Indiana fans, but ultimately fans and even Alford embraced the decision. Years later Alford said, "Not only was it a much better draft choice than drafting me... Reggie turned out not to be a great pick, he turned out to be great for the state of Indiana." Alford played in the NBA for four seasons, mostly with the Dallas Mavericks, though he spent a portion of one season with Golden State Warriors. Over the course of his career, he started three games, scored 744 points, had 176 assists, and shot free throws with an accuracy of 87 percent. Alford quickly became the face of Indiana basketball and a fan favorite throughout the state. Dan Dakich, Alford's former teammate and later an interim Indiana coach, said of him, "Basically, he owns all of Indiana." Alford's wife Tanya said, "Everybody talks about his hair, his all-American image, how mothers would want him to marry their daughter. Everybody thinks he's so perfect. Well, that's a pretty accurate image. That's exactly what he is."
    Alford led Indiana University to a national championship in the 1987 NCAA tournament, when Keith Smart hit the winning jump shot against Syracuse.
    More Details Hide Details At Indiana, he earned first team All-Big Ten honors three times, and became Indiana's all-time leading scorer at the time. Alford played four years in the NBA, for the Dallas Mavericks and Golden State Warriors. After retiring as a player in 1991, he became a collegiate basketball coach. He has coached at Manchester University, Southwest Missouri State University, the University of Iowa and the University of New Mexico. Alford was born in Franklin, Indiana, and grew up in New Castle. Alford learned to count as a three-year-old by watching the numbers tick off the scoreboard in Monroe City, where his father, Sam Alford, coached the high school team. Sam frequently moved around for various coaching jobs. Steve missed only two of his father's games, once when he had chicken pox, and once when he made the regionals of the Elks Club free-throw shooting contest. When Alford was nine years old, he attended a basketball camp put on by Coach Bob Knight. Eventually the Alfords settled in New Castle, Indiana, where Steve played on the New Castle Chrysler High School basketball team with his dad as coach. Alford was known to practice shooting so much that he would wear out six or seven nets a summer and frequently forego social activities in favor of practicing.
  • 1986
    In his senior year, the Alford-led 1986-87 Hoosiers won Indiana's fifth national championship against Syracuse in the 1987 NCAA tournament.
    More Details Hide Details The game was decided by a game-winning jump shot by Keith Smart with five seconds of play remaining. Alford shot 7–10 from the three-point line, scoring 23 points, including a buzzer-beating three-pointer at the end of the first half which put the Hoosiers ahead by one point to start the second half.
  • 1985
    As a junior, Alford and the 1985-86 Hoosiers were profiled in a best-selling book A Season on the Brink.
    More Details Hide Details Author John Feinstein was granted unprecedented access to the Indiana basketball program and insights into Knight's coaching style. The book recounts how Knight once criticized Alford's work habits and leadership ability, telling him he couldn't "lead a whore into bed." Knight later admitted that Alford was in fact an incredible worker and leader, and that the comments were just Knight's method of motivating players. The Hoosiers went 21-8 that year and finished second in the Big Ten, with Alford earning All-America and Big Ten Player of the Year honors.
    As a sophomore Alford was named to the 1985 NIT Tournament All-Tournament team after the Hoosiers finished second behind UCLA.
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  • 1984
    For the 1984 Summer Olympics Alford, just 19 years old and a sophomore, was selected to play on the U.S. basketball team, coached by Bob Knight.
    More Details Hide Details Alford averaged 10.3 points per game, was second in assists, and shot .644 from the field. He and his teammates went on to win the gold medal at the 1984 games. In this game Alford played alongside Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, Sam Perkins, Chris Mullin and Wayman Tisdale. Alford has recounted that during the Olympic training camp, Jordan bet him $100 that he would not last four years on Knight's Indiana team.
    That year Alford helped lead Indiana to an upset of the Michael Jordan-led North Carolina Tar Heels in the 1984 NCAA tournament.
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  • 1983
    His team advanced to the state quarterfinal but lost to Connersville in the 1983 state tournament.
    More Details Hide Details Later, shortly after Alford won a gold medal as a member of Bob Knight's U.S. Olympic team, he gave the medal to his dad in a tearful ceremony at the high school in tribute to the loss. Alford elected to play basketball for Bob Knight and the Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball team. At Indiana, Alford became the university's all-time leading scorer with 2,438 points (a record later eclipsed by Calbert Cheaney, who went on to become the Big Ten's all-time leading scorer). Alford was the first player to be named the team's MVP four times. During his final three seasons, Alford earned first team all-Big Ten honors. In the Legends of College Basketball by The Sporting News Alford was #35 on the list of the 100 greatest Division-I college basketball players. When The Sporting News named its top ten NCAA basketball players of the 1980s in December 1989, Alford was listed at number ten.
    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.
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  • OTHER
  • 1964
    Born on November 23, 1964.
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