Oregon Extends Dana Altman

Oregon has extended its head basketball coach Dana Altman through the 2025-26 season, per a release from the school.

In the middle of a five-game winning streak in which the Ducks are trying to make a run to the Pac-12 Title to make it to the NCAA Tournament, Altman has his team playing its best at the end of the season, which has been a staple of Dana Altman-coached teams.

Following a very successful run at Creighton that saw the Blue Jays win 65% of their games under Altman, he decided to leave his home state and take over a program that was as torn down as a power-five program can really be.

In his first season in Eugene he took a barebones roster to 21 wins and a CBI Title, and then by his third season in Eugene he had his team winning the conference tournament and making it all the way to the Sweet-16 before suffering a loss at the hands of eventual national champions Louisville. That season started a streak of five straight seasons that saw Oregon win at least one tournament game each year, culminating in an Elite Eight run in the 2015-16 season and then a run to the Final Four the following season when they had the majority of the same roster back.

This also lead to Oregon recruiting at heights never seen before in school history that lead to them having three players (Jordan Bell, Tyler Dorsey and Dillon Brooks) drafted from the Final Four team and then the first one-and-done in school history last season in Troy Brown Jr.

This season they came in with the top recruiting class in school history, headlined by five-star recruits Bol Bol and Louis King and while the season wasn’t always smooth, they are playing their best right now and have a shot at winning the Pac-12 title and still finding a way into the NCAA Tournament after having their five-year streak of at least one NCAA Tournament win broken last season.

Considering what the program was at when Altman took over and the heights he has taken it to, winning 70.8% of his games in Eugene, extending him is an easy choice to make for Oregon as he seems to have built momentum with this group that they can carry over to next season, with another very strong recruiting class coming in.

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Author: Jared Woodcock

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