Updated May 7, 2010
Koby Altman made such a strong impression on Chris Lowery as a volunteer for Team USA Basketball, that the Saluki head coach promptly tabbed him for the program's vacant graduate assistant position. He enters his second season at that post at SIU.
Altman spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Amherst College, where he helped guide the team to a 48-11 record and Division III runner-up finish in the 2008 championship game. Last summer, he was named operations director for USA Basketball.
"He did such a great job of being organized and helping Coach (Matt) Painter and myself break down film," Lowery said. "He's extremely bright and brings with him a commitment to excellence."
Although the New York native grew up on the east coast, Altman said he is very familiar with the Saluki program.
"At Amherst, we used Chris Lowery's teaching tapes on how to play defense," he said.
Altman played collegiately at Middlebury College in Vermont, where he was a three-year starter at point guard. After college, he worked for three years in real estate investment sales for Friedman-Roth Realty Corp. in New York.
Then the coaching bug bit. Altman started out as the freshman basketball coach at Xavier High School in New York City. In 2007, he took the post at Amherst.