It would be an understatement to say that James Altman is involved in every single aspect of the University of Massachusetts basketball program. James Altman begins his fifth season with Coach Travis Ford and his third as Director of Basketball Operations at the University of Massachusetts. He spent the 2004-05 season as an assistant coach at Eastern Kentucky helping the Colonels to the 2005 NCAA Tournament after serving as a graduate assistant on head coach Travis Ford's staff in 2003-04.
Altman's responsibilities include scheduling, planning official and unofficial visits, arranging and coordinating teams travel and off campus practices, working with the administration and coaches for facility scheduling, assisting with pre and postseason strength and conditioning, as well as assisting the coaching staff with scouting reports and video editing. Altman has a hand in running all facets of the program.
While at Eastern Kentucky, Altman was responsible for the recruiting of student- athletes on and off campus, preparing scouting reports on opponents and coordinating film exchange. He also was in charge of organizing and updating the recruiting database as well as daily recruiting mailouts. During the summer, Altman is the Director of the Travis Ford Basketball School, as well as directing the highly successful UMass Basketball Coaching clinic which takes place every fall.
Altman spent a year at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Fla., as an assistant prior to latching on at Eastern.
During his tenure, the team posted a 25-6 overall record and won the Mid- Florida Conference Championship. The team ended the season ranked #19 in the NJCAA and #2 in the Florida Community College Athletic Association.
He was also responsible for monitoring the team's academic progress at Santa Fe, resulting in a 3.05 team GPA, the highest in the history of the program.
During his time at Santa Fe, Altman was involved with on-the-floor coaching, developing practice plans, and directed the team's off-season individual workout sessions and strength and conditioning programs.
Altman was a co-captain and two-time all-conference selection at Hartwick College during his career. He ended his career as a four-year starter ranking third all-time in three-pointers and eighth in assists.
Altman earned his bachelor's degree in Sociology from Hartwick in 2002 and is currently working on his Master's Degree in Sports Administration from Eastern Kentucky University.
A native of Rockville Centre, N.Y. Altman is a 1998 graduate of South Side High School.
Altman is single and resides in Amherst, Mass.