Steve Alford was named Indiana Mr. Basketball in high school before playing at Indiana University under Coach Bobby Knight. Alford was a two-time consensus first-team All-American as a college basketball player for the University of Indiana. In 1987, he helped the Hoosiers claim their fifth National Championship, and finished his career as Indiana's all-time leading scorer.
After his college career at IU, Alford was selected in the second round of the 1987 NBA draft by the Dallas Mavericks, and played four years in the NBA.
After finishing his NBA career, Alford went on to coach NCAA basketball. He has coached at Manchester University, Southwest Missouri State University, the University of Iowa, UCLA, and the University of New Mexico. Alford is an outspoken Christian.