Oregon signs Men's Basketball coach Dana Altman to an extension

November 27, 2013

The University of Oregon has added three years to the contract of men’s basketball coach Dana Altman, Director of Athletics Rob Mullens announced Wednesday. With the extension, Altman, a coach long respected for his X's and O's during his time at Creighton, will be the Ducks' coach through the 2019-20 season.

Last year, Altman's team surprised many by winning the Pac-12 Tournament and advancing to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16.  As a result, he earned 2013 Pac-12 and Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year honors.

“Dana has been masterful at elevating Oregon basketball and generating renewed excitement for our program,” said Mullens. “We have high expectations at Oregon to regularly compete for PAC-12 championships coupled with deep NCAA tournament runs and Dana is the right coach to lead us there. He and his family are a great fit at Oregon and we are pleased to extend our commitment to them.”

Altman’s initial seven-year contract, signed in 2011, ran through the 2016-17 season. The main terms of that contract remain in place in the new extension.

“Our entire staff is excited to continue building the Oregon Basketball program,” Altman said. “The University of Oregon has a tremendous athletic department and we value the opportunity to contribute to the tradition of excellence.”

Altman guided the Ducks to 73 victories during his first three seasons as head coach. That is the second-most wins in a three year span in school history.  In addition to the 2013 NCAA Sweet 16, Altman won the 2011 College Basketball Invitational in his first year in Eugene.

By Staff of The Daily Sports Herald and news services

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