Former Iowa basketball coach Steve Alford was hired Saturday by UCLA, which lured him from New Mexico days after Alford signed a new 10-year deal with the Lobos.
Athletic Director Dan Guerrero said Alford is "the perfect fit for UCLA" because he connects with a new generation of players and brings an up-tempo and team-oriented style of play to Westwood. Alford succeeds Ben Howland, who was fired last weekend after 10 years at UCLA.
Alford led New Mexico to a 29-6 record this season that included the Mountain West regular-season and tournament titles. But the Lobos were upset by Harvard in the second round of the NCAA Tournament shortly after Alford's new deal with the school had been announced.
He coached the Hawkeyes to a 152-106 record from 1999 to 2007, when he resigned to take the New Mexico job.
Alford will be formally introduced at UCLA on Tuesday.