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Dana Altman
Title Head coach
College Creighton
Sport Men's basketball
Team record 326-175 (.650)
Born June 16, 1958 (1958-06-16) (age 51)
Place of birth United States Crete, Nebraska
Career highlights
Overall 408-242 (.627)
Championships
MVC Tournament Championship (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007)
MVC Regular Season Championship (2001, 2002, 2009)
Awards
MVC Coach of the Year (2001, 2002)
Big Eight Coach of the Year (1993)
SoCon Coach of the Year (1990)
Playing career
1976–1978
1978–1980
Southeast CC
Eastern New Mexico
Position Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1980-1982
1982–1983
1983–1986
1986–1989
1989–1990
1990–1994
1994-Present
Western State (asst.)
Southeast CC
Moberly CC
Kansas State (asst.)
Marshall
Kansas State
Creighton

Dana Altman (born on June 16, 1958 in Crete, Nebraska) is currently the head coach of the Creighton Bluejays men's basketball team.[1] In his 13 years at Creighton, Altman ranks 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 14 seasons with the Creighton Bluejays is 326-175; his total record in 20 seasons as a Division I head coach is 408-242.

Although his four-year tenure as K-State’s head coach only produced one NCAA Tournament appearance, Dana Altman will be remembered most for his uncanny ability to win close ball games, and for pulling off some of the biggest upsets in school history.

Altman’s teams were a remarkable 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 K-State tradition. Picked to finish last in the Big Eight, Altman’s Cardiac ‘Cats 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 K-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 KU when he upset the No. 1 ranked Jayhawks 68-64 on ESPN 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 University in his home state of Nebraska.

During his time at Creighton University, his athletes had 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, and Anthony Tolliver, have played in the NBA.

Altman was named Valley Coach of the Year twice; 2001 and 2002. Altman was a finalist for the prestigious Naismith National 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 slightly 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.

Altman arrived at Creighton after compiling a 68-54 record in four seasons (1990-94) at Kansas State University. During that time, Altman led the Wildcats to three straight postseason tourneys and was named the Big Eight Conference Coach of the Year after leading KSU to a 19-11 record and an appearance at the NCAA Tournament in 1993.

On April 2, 2007, Altman announced that he would become the head coach for the Arkansas Razorbacks, in a deal that was rumored to be $1.5 million per year, 5-year contract. Only one day later he had a change of heart and returned to Omaha and his team at Creighton, citing family reasons. He became the first coach since Bobby Cremins to renege on a marquee job and return (Cremins accepted the job at South Carolina and returned to coach Georgia Tech's Yellow Jackets).

On February 5, 2009, Altman won his 300th game as Creighton head coach.

Altman is also an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America

Head coaching record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Marshall (Southern Conference) (1989–1990)
1989–1990 Marshall 15-13 9-5 2nd
Marshall: 15-13 (.536)
Kansas State (Big 8 Conference) (1990–1994)
1990–1991 Kansas State 13-15 3-11 8th
1991–1992 Kansas State 16-14 5-9 7th NIT 2nd Round
1992–1993 Kansas State 19-11 7-7 5th NCAA First Round
1993–1994 Kansas State 20-14 4-10 T-6th NIT Final Four
Kansas State: 68-54 (.557) 19-37 (.339)
Creighton (Missouri Valley Conference) (1994–2008)
1994–1995 Creighton 7-19 4-14 T-9th
1995–1996 Creighton 14-15 9-9 T-5th
1996–1997 Creighton 15-15 10-8 T-6th
1997–1998 Creighton 18-10 12-6 2nd NIT First Round
1998–1999 Creighton 22-9 11-7 T-2nd NCAA Second Round
1999-2000 Creighton 23-10 11-7 4th NCAA First Round
2000-2001 Creighton 24-8 14-4 1st NCAA First Round
2001-2002 Creighton 23-9 14-4 T-1st NCAA Second Round
2002-2003 Creighton 29-5 15-3 2nd NCAA First Round
2003-2004 Creighton 20-9 12-6 T-2nd NIT First Round
2004-2005 Creighton 23-11 11-7 T-3rd NCAA First Round
2005-2006 Creighton 20-10 12-6 T-2nd NIT Second Round
2006-2007 Creighton 22-11 13-5 2nd NCAA First Round
2007-2008 Creighton 22-11 10-8 4th NIT Second Round
2008-2009 Creighton 27-8 14-4 T-1st NIT Second Round
2009-2010 Creighton 17-15 10-8 4th CIT
Creighton: 326-175 (.650) 178-107 (.624)
Total: 408-242 (.627)

      National Champion         Conference Regular Season Champion         Conference Tournament Champion
      Conference Regular Season & Conference Tournament Champion       Conference Division Champion

References

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Rick Huckabay
Marshall men's basketball head coach
1989-1990
Succeeded by
Dwight Freeman
Preceded by
Lon Kruger
Kansas State men's basketball head coach
1990-1994
Succeeded by
Tom Asbury
Preceded by
Rick Johnson
Creighton men's basketball head coach
1994-Present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
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