August 16, 2014

Steve Alford to speak at Manchester

UCLA Bruins Coach Steve Alford will return next month to the Indiana school where his coaching career began to receive the Manchester University Distinguished Honor Award.
Alford | Courtesy UCLA“When Steve Alford began his coaching career at Manchester University more than 20 years ago, he was a living legend in this basketball-obsessed state,” said Tim McElwee, Manchester vice president for Advancement. “He assumed responsibility in 1992 for a basketball program that had managed only two winning records in the previous 30 seasons.  After his 1995 season Manchester men’s basketball has never been the same.
“As the NCAA Division III national runner-up the 1995 team ended the season with only one loss, and winning records became part of the Manchester tradition.  Although Coach Alford has accepted even more ambitious challenges since that time, his legacy is alive and well at Manchester.”

Alford will speak about the lessons of his basketball career during a speech at 9 a.m. Sept. 13 in Cordier Auditorium at the North Manchester campus. He will also answer questions as submitted by students. He will receive his award in a ceremony during the session, which is free and open to the public.  Read more