Steve Alford

Steve Alford (born November 23, 1964)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Nevada Wolfpack
Current conference: Mountain West Conference (MWC)
Manchester record^: 78-29 (.729)
Missouri State record: 78-48 (.619)
Iowa record: 152-106 (.589)
New Mexico record: 155-52 (.749)
UCLA record: 124-63 (.663)
Nevada record: 70-51 (.579)
Overall record^: 657-349 (.653)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2019-present Nevada
2013-2018 UCLA
2007-2013 New Mexico
1999-2007 Iowa
1995-1999 Missouri State
1991-1995 Manchester

Steve Alford Facts

  • Stephen Todd Alford
  • Born November 23, 1964
  • Hometown: New Castle, Indiana
  • Alma Mater: Indiana University (BS, 1987)
  • Played for his father, Sam Alford, at New Castle Chrysler HS in Indiana; named the state’s Mr. Basketball as a senior in 1983
  • Drafted 26th in the 1987 NBA Draft and spent four seasons in the NBA, three with the Mavericks and one with the Warriors
    • While in the NBA, Alford played for coaches John MacLeod, Don Nelson and Richie Adubato
  • First coaching job was as the head coach at D-III Manchester University in Indiana, hired in 1991 after his playing career
    • Went 78-29 over four seasons at Manchester, including a Runner-Up finish in the 1995 NCAA D-III Tournament
  • Spent four seasons as head coach at Southwest Missouri State (now Missouri State), winning 78 games and reaching the 1999 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
  • Next stop was an eight-year tenure as the head coach at Iowa, where he went to three NCAA Tournaments and three NITs
  • Took over as the New Mexico head coach in 2007, winning 155 games over six seasons
    • Led the Lobos to the postseason each year (3 NCAA Tournaments and 3 NITs)
  • Hired in 2013 to be the next head coach of the UCLA Bruins
    • Led the Bruins to the Sweet Sixteen in three of his first four seasons at the helm
    • Alford’s team just barely made the NCAA Tournament in 2018, losing in the First Four, before getting off to a sluggish 7-6 start in the 2018-19 season that resulted in his firing on December 31st
  • Hired in April 2019 to be the head coach of the Nevada Wolfpack, marking a return to the Mountain West for Alford
    • Is 70-51 through four seasons in Reno, highlighted by a 22-11 record and at-large NCAA Tournament bid in 2022-23
  • Along with his wife, Tanya, has two sons and one daughter

Steve Alford Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at both the Division I and Division III levels