Indiana head coach Felisha Legette-Jack has announced the addition of assistant coach Nathan Altenhofen to the Hoosier women's basketball staff, beginning June 1. Altenhofen comes to IU after serving as the head coach at Saint Ambrose University for the last three seasons. Along with on-court coaching responsibilities, Altenhofen is responsible for scheduling for the Hoosiers.
"Nate comes to Indiana from a tradition of success throughout his career," said Legette-Jack. "As an assistant coach at Arkansas State, he helped them reach 25 wins. He was a junior college head coach at Odessa where he won a national title, and now he's coming from St. Ambrose, where he's doing a tremendous job of growing that program to national heights. We think that he can help continue to grow our women's basketball program at Indiana University. We are thrilled that he and his family are joining our Hoosier family."
In three seasons at St. Ambrose, Altenhofen compiled a 73-25 record. In his debut season at SAU, Altenhofen 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 that up with a 20-11 campaign in 2008-09 and a 24-8 mark this season.
He left Odessa to come to St. Ambrose after guiding the Lady Wranglers into the NJCAA Top 10 for 16 consecutive months and to a 24-game home winning streak. He finished his final two seasons at Odessa College with a 66-3 record, which was the best mark in all of college basketball.
Altenhofen's first collegiate coaching position was at Arkansas State University, where he served as an assistant women's basketball coach and recruiting coordinator from 1999-02. In his first year as an assistant coach at Arkansas State, Altenhofen helped the Lady Indians to their first-ever Top 25 ranking and a berth in the 2000 WNIT tournament.
From 2002-03, Altenhofen worked as a talent scout for the All Star Girls Report, where he evaluated national girls' high school basketball talent. Following his stint with the All Star Girls Report, Altenhofen served as an assistant women's basketball coach at Murray State University in 2003-04.
Altenhofen began his coaching career at the high school level in 1993 and was a summer AAU coach from 1994-99. During this 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 over forty future Division I players during his five years as a summer AAU coach.
The Springfield, Minn., native graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Arkansas State University. Altenhofen and his wife, the former Christina Mendoza, have one son, Christian Michael.
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