Posted on May 2, 2023
In this series of updates on the history of SuperWest men’s hoops program, we provide a brief coaching summary and a list of the current coaches, along with postseason results, conference titles, award winners, and all-time coaching records.Oregon won the first NCAA men’s basketball national championship and has made the NCAA tournament 17 times, winning eight conference championships, and producing 18 All-Americans.
Howard Hobson, a former Duck player, was hired in 1935 and led Oregon to the inaugural National Championship with a team known as the “Tall Firs.”
He was also the first coach to win major college championships on both coasts (at Oregon and Yale). He pioneered intersectional play, with the Ducks becoming the first West Coast team to travel East for games.
Hobson was named president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) in 1947.
After 24 years of less-than-stellar basketball, Oregon hired Dick Harter away from Penn, where he went 50-3 in his final two years.
Harter brought a tough and unique brand of basketball to Eugene, and his teams were known as the “Kamikaze Kids” for their scrappy play and swarming defense.
He led the Ducks to the Final Four of the NIT two straight years, in 1976 and 1977, and was named Pac-8 Coach of the Year in 1977.
After a 19-year lapse and five-straight losing seasons, former Harter player Ernie Kent took the reins in 1997, becoming the first black coach in the history of Oregon athletics.
He won more games in his 14 years in Eugene than any other Duck coach before him, taking the Ducks to the NCAA Tournament five times.
Kent’s teams reached the Elite Eight in 2002 and 2007, marking Oregon’s deepest run in the NCAA Tournament in 42 years.
He remains the second-winningest coach in program history with an overall record of 235-173.
The hiring of Dana Altman coincided with the construction of Matthew Knight Arena, and he has made it an exceptionally difficult place to play, becoming the winningest coach in the history of Oregon basketball.
Altman has led the Ducks to four conference titles and seven NCAA Tournament appearances, including the Elite Eight in 2016 as a No. 1 seed, and the Final Four in 2017, winning 20+ games in 12 straight years.
He has been named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year three times, in 2013, 2015, and 2016, and the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year in 2013, while compiling a record of 300-124.
Altman signed a three-year extension in 2019, worth $3.5 million annually, and a one-year extension in 2021 that will pay him $4 million in the 2026-27 season.
In 2022, he ran his streak of consecutive 20-win seasons to 13, going 21-15, despite missing the NCAA tournament for a second-straight year.
University of Oregon (Eugene, OR)
Matthew Knight Arena
Current Coaching Staff
Assistant: Kevin McKenna (2010-present)
Assistant: Mike Mennenga (2014-present)
Assistant: Chuck Martin (2022-present)
Assistant: Armon Gates (2023-present)
Final Four Appearances: 2 (1939, 2017)
Sweet Sixteen Appearances: 8 (1960, 2002, 2007, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2021)
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 17 (1939, 1945, 1960, 1961, 1995, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2021)
NCAA Tournament Overall Record: 26-16
NIT Championships: 0
NIT Appearances: 13 (1975, 1976, 1977, 1984, 1988, 1990, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2012, 2018, 2022, 2023)
NIT Overall Record: 17-14
CBI Championships: 1 (2011)
CBI Appearances: 1 (2011)
CBI Overall Record: 5-1
Conference Titles (PCC through Pac-12)
Pac-12 Tournament Championships: 5 (2003, 2007, 2013, 2016, 2019)
Naismith Player of the Year: 0
John R. Wooden Award: 0
Oscar Robertson Trophy: 0
AP All-Americans: 7 (Chris Duarte, 2021; Payton Pritchard, 2020; Dillon Brooks, 2017; Aaron Brooks, 2007; Luke Jackson, 2004; Ron Lee, 1976 & 1975 )
Pac-12 Player of the Year: 6 (Payton Pritchard, 2020; Dillon Brooks, 2017; Joe Young, 2015; Luke Ridnour, 2003; Terrell Brandon, 1991; Ron Lee, 1976)
Oregon Head Coaching Records
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