CRETE – It may be a long way from Eugene, Oregon, but for Oregon Head Basketball Coach Dana Altman, Crete is in his own backyard.
“You know, I grew up 10 miles from here and came to Doane Basketball Camp with Coach Erickson all the time growing up. Had a heartbreaking loss at Fuhrer Field House 42 years ago when I was in high school, so this is home.”
Coach Altman began his coaching career at Fairbury Junior College (now Southeast Community College) and also went on to meet his wife there.
On Saturday, he came back home.
“Because of the Nike Speaking Bureau and the clinics they do across the country, I get an opportunity to speak at a lot of places, but it’s always good to come back here.”
Altman headlined the Doane University Coaches Clinic, which also featured UNO’s Derrin Hansen, Papillion-LaVista High School’s Dan Moore and Doane’s Ian McKeithen.
This comes after his first ever Final Four appearance, where he saw his Ducks fall to eventual National Champion North Carolina by one point.
“That one with go to the grave. You get that opportunity and you don’t know if you get it again. There’s been a lot better coaches than myself that never had that opportunity again. We’re going to try. We’ve got a good group and hopefully they’ll develop like the last group, so we’ll have a shot.”
Altman was headed to the Wilber Czech Festival Parade following his stint at the clinic.