Steve Alford has agreed to become the coach of the UCLA Bruins, the school announced Saturday. The decision ends a weeklong search to replace Ben Howland that saw the historic powerhouse uncharacteristically rebuffed by candidates.
Alford arrives after six seasons at New Mexico, where he averaged more than 25 victories a season and reached three NCAA tournaments. The 48-year-old previously coached Iowa for eight seasons and Missouri State for four, reaching three more NCAA tournaments.
He may be best known for his All-American play at Indiana under Bob Knight in the mid-1980s. Alford spent four years in the NBA before getting into college coaching. His father, Sam, was a legendary high school coach in Indiana.
Alford's current New Mexico team was his best, spending much of the season in the top 15 of the rankings and winning 29 games, including the Mountain West regular-season and tournament championships. The season ended with disappointment when the Lobos were upset byRead More »from UCLA tabs Steve Alford to become next coach