Who is Steve Alford?
Steve Alford is a professional basketball coach. He was also a basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks before.
|Celebrated Name||Steve Alford|
|Birth Date||November 23, 1964|
|Birth Place||Franklin, Indiana|
|Birth Name||Steve Todd Alford|
|Parents||Father: Sam Alford
Mother: Sharan Alford
|Height||6 feet 2 inches|
|Net Worth||$3 million|
Alford was born on the 23rd of November, 1964 in Franklin, Indiana, as the name Steve Todd Alford. He is the son of Sam Alford and Sharan Alford. His father was the basketball coach for the high school team. Alford grew up in New Castle and was fond of basketball since he was young and never missed his father’s game unless some emergency arrived.
Alford married Tanya Alford and the couple has three children together.
Besides, Alford holds an American nationality, and as per ethnicity, he belongs to White. Standing at a height of 6 feet 2 inches, he has been able to maintain hos body fit and healthy.
Alford attended The New Castle Chrysler High School in New Castle, Indiana. After graduation, he attended Indiana University Bloomington and played college basketball there.
Early Basketball Career
Alford played high school basketball in New Castle High School, where his father was the coach. Later, he played college basketball for the Indiana University under coach Bob Knight for the Hoosiers men’s basketball team. He held the record for the university’s all-time leading scorer. Furthermore, he was the first player to become the MVP four times. The Sporting News placed Alford 35th in the 100 greatest Division-I college basketball players. After the completion of his college career, he wrote a book titled “Playing for Knight: My Six Seasons with Coach Knight”, where he wrote about his experiences.
Professional playing Career
The Dallas Mavericks drafted Alford as the 26th pick in the 1987 NBA draft. People expected the Indiana Pacers to draft him but the Pacers selected Reggie Miller instead.
Coaching Career of Steve Alford
Alford first coached North Manchester, Indiana’s basketball team. The starting of his career was not good since the team lost its first eight games in his guidance. He only won 4 of the 20 games in his season. However, he quickly picked his pace and his team won three straight conference titles under his guidance. Furthermore, he was named the Indiana Collegiate Conference coach of the year in the years 1993, 1994, and 1995.
After Manchester, Alford became the head coach for Southwest Missouri State University till the year 1999. Then he became the head coach for the Iowa Hawkeyes on the 22nd of March, 1999. During his time as the head coach at Hawkeyes, he led the team to the NCAA tournament three times.
The University of New Mexico named Alford as the head coach on the 23rd of March, 2007 and replaced Ritchie McKay. He signed a seven-year, $18.2 million contract on the 30th of March, 2013 with the UCLA Bruins as the head coach. He later left UCLA for the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Along with earning name and fame, Steve Alford has been able to earn a wise amount of money. He has an estimated net worth of $3 million as of 2020.