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Alford to Coach at UCLA


UCLA has hired former Indiana University standout Steve Alford to be their new basketball coach.

Alford had just recently signed a new 10-year deal to stay at New Mexico. He replaces Ben Howland, who was fired last weekend after 10 years in Los Angeles.

Alford was born in Franklin, IN and lived in several Indiana cities as his dad, a high school basketball coach, moved to different schools. He spent part of his childhood in Martinsville, but ultimately played for his father and graduated from New Castle in 1983. Alford was also named Mr. Basketball that year.

He played for Indiana University from 1984-87, winning the NCAA Championship his senior year.

Alford was selected No. 26 overall in the 1987 NBA Draft, the same year the Indiana Pacers selected Reggie Miller with their 11th pick. Ironically, Miller was a standout at UCLA.

Alford follows in the footsteps of another well known UCLA basketball coach from Martinsville, John Wooden.


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