Altenhofen to lead UAA women's program
The ninth head coach in program history, Altenhofen comes to UAA having most recently served as an assistant at Division I Indiana University. Prior to that, he spent six years as a collegiate head coach from 2004-10, compiling a 153-40 record at Odessa (Texas) College – where his team won the 2007 NJCAA national title – and Saint Ambrose (Iowa) University.
“My wife and I feel very blessed with this great opportunity to be the next women’s basketball coach at Alaska Anchorage,” said Altenhofen, who hails originally from Springfield, Minn. “The women’s basketball program has been among the top 10 programs in NCAA Division II for the past five years, and I look forward to the challenge of maintaining that success and the new goals that come with it. I am honored and would like to thank Chancellor Tom Case and Dr. Cobb for this opportunity. Our family also looks forward to being actively involved in the Anchorage community.”
“We believe that we have found the right coach to continue the tradition of excellence for Seawolf Women’s Basketball,” said Dr. Cobb. “Coach Altenhofen has a demonstrated record of success and a strong passion for the sport of basketball. He will bring an exciting brand of basketball, coupled with a commitment to championship-level performance.”
Altenhofen compiled a 73-25 record at Saint Ambrose from 2007-10. In his debut season at SAU, he was named the Midwest Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year after guiding the Queen Bees to a Sweet 16 appearance at the NAIA National Tournament. The Bees finished 29-6 that year and followed up with a 20-11 campaign in 2008-09 and a 24-8 mark in 2009-10.
At Odessa, Altenhofen led the Wranglers to back-to-back National Junior College Athletic Association title games in 2006 and 2007, capturing the championship and NJCAA National Coach of the Year honors in the 2006-07 season. In his second and third seasons, the Wranglers compiled a 66-3 record – the best mark in all of college basketball in that span – and were ranked in the NJCAA Top 10 for 16 consecutive months.
Altenhofen brings additional Div. I coaching experience from both Murray State (2003-04) and Arkansas State (1999-2002), serving as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for both programs. At ASU, he helped the Lady Indians to their first-ever Top 25 ranking and a berth in the 2000 WNIT.
From 2002-03, Altenhofen worked as a talent scout for the All-Star Girls Report, where he evaluated national girls high school basketball talent.
Altenhofen began his coaching career at the high school level in 1993 and was a summer AAU coach from 1994-99. During that stint he guided such players as 2000 L'adidas High School All-American Tera Bjorklund and 2002 Big Ten MVP Lindsay Whalen. Overall, Altenhofen helped develop more than 40 future Div. I players during his five years as a summer AAU coach.
With UAA, Altenhofen inherits a Seawolf program that has reached six straight NCAA Division II Tournaments, including three trips to the Elite Eight and a pair of Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular-season and postseason tournament titles. The Seawolves went 30-5 in 2011-12 and finished with a No. 7 national ranking.