Steve Alford is a former basketball shootout/point guard who played professionally for the Dallas Cowboys from 1987 to 1991. He is currently the head coach of the University of California basketball team. Prior to his career at UCLA, Steve Alford worked for the University of Iowa basketball team, the University of New Mexico basketball team, and Machester University. Steve began his coaching career in 1991 and has been active for over two decades. Learn more about him below.
Steve Alford Bio
The talented coach was born Stephen Todd Alford on November 23, 1964, in Franklin, Indiana. He grew up in New Castle, Indiana, with his parents Sam Alford and Shana Alford. He was inspired to play basketball at the age of three while watching his father, who was a high school coach at the time. Steve began his basketball career while attending New Castle Chrysler High School.
During his high school career, Steve Alford was honored with the Indiana Mr. Basketball Award while leading his team to the 1983 State Championship. Although the team played well, they lost to Connersville in the quarter-finals. Steve Alford was also part of the U.S. Olympic team that won the Olympic gold medal during the Olympic Games.
After his high school career, Steve also attended the University of Indiana, where he played for the basketball team. In Indiana, Steve became their best scorer ever with a record of 2,438 points. After completing his college career, Steve was named Big Ten MVP in 1987 while leading the team to victory in the NCAA tournament. He was also voted into the first-team All-Big Ten and All-American.
He joined the 1987 NBA Draft and was selected by the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the draft. He played four seasons with the Mavericks and the Golden State Warriors. Throughout his entire professional career, he had a record of 176 assists and 744 points.
After completing his four-year professional career with the Dallas Mavericks, Steve began his coaching career in 1991. In mid-1991 he was hired as a basketball coach at the University of Manchester and spent three full seasons with the team. During his career with Manchester, he had a record of 20 – 8 in his first season, 23 – 4 in his second season, and 31 – 1 in his last season. Three times he was named Indiana Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year and in 1999 he was inducted into Manchester’s Hall of Fame.
After leaving Manchester, he was recruited by Southwest Missouri State University, where he coached their basketball team from 2005 to 2009. During his time there, Steve held a record of 78 to 48 and led the team to the Sweet 16 tournament in 1999, and left the team after the 1998/99 season.
In March 1999, Steve was appointed head coach of the University of Iowa basketball team. While his time on the team lasted from 1999 to 2007, the coach led his team to victory in the 2006 Big Ten tournament and resigned his position the following year to accept offers from the University of New Mexico. He joined the University of New Mexico in 2007 and his career lasted until 2013.
Prior to the start of the regular 2013/14 season, Steve was awarded a seven-year, $18.2 million contract with the University of California basketball team, and his career flourished there to this day. He led the Bruins to win the 2014 Pac 12 Tournament and the Sweet 16 Tournaments three times.
Salary: How Much Does Steve Alford Earn?
Steve Alford is without a doubt one of the most successful college basketball coaches, and his outstanding performance speaks for itself. The college basketball coach has worked with so many college basketball teams, making him one of the highest-paid coaches in college basketball. He signed a seven-year contract with UCLA in 2013 worth $18.2 million and will receive an annual salary of $2.6 million. Amazingly, Steve is the fourth highest-paid PAC-12 coach and the 23rd highest-paid college basketball coach in America.
Family: Wife and Son
Steve Alford was born to American parents Sam and Sharan Alford. His family is well versed in sports; Steve’s father is a talented high school basketball coach, and he taught him everything he knew about the game. Steve completed his high school career under his father’s guidance, and he has continued along the same path as his father. Today he has become a successful head coach and is doing well. There is not much information about his mother, and we cannot determine if he was her only child.
Apart from his coaching career, Steve is also a family man and father of three children. He is married to his longtime lover Tanya Alford. The amazing lady grew up in New Castle, Indiana, and she met Steve in her 5th grade. The duo began their relationship during their junior year in high school. After five years of a successful relationship, the couple sealed the bond of marriage in an elaborate wedding that took place in 1987. They were blessed with three sons named Kayla, Kory, and Bryce.
Just like their father, Steve’s children are rooted in the game. They played on their father’s team when he was in New Mexico, and when he joined the UCLA Bruins in 2013, they went with him. His son, Bryce Alford, currently plays as a professional for the Oklahoma City Thunders in the NBA. The Shooting Guard joined the Thunders in 2017 after he was not drafted in the NBA Draft.