Alford Named Washington Running Backs Coach
Feb. 27, 2001
Seattle - Washington head football coach Rick Neuheisel announced that Tony Alford has been named the Huskies' new assistant football coach for running backs. Alford replaces Wayne Moses, who left Washington in January to be the assistant coach for running backs at USC under first-year coach Pete Carroll.
'We are excited to welcome Tony Alford, and his wife, Trina, to the Husky family,' Neuheisel says. 'He comes very highly recommended. He did a great job at Iowa State of coaching the running backs and he has a reputation as a very good recruiter. We are fortunate to have him join our staff. Two years ago, Tony and I talked a little about a possible position at Washington, when I was first putting the staff together, but things just did not work out at that time. This time it did.'
'I am very excited to be coming to Washington,' Alford said. 'It is a quality program and it has so much tradition associated with it. I'm looking forward to getting there, meeting the players and getting to work. I know they have a big time staff there and I look forward to coaching with them. I appreciate the opportunity Coach McCarney presented me at Iowa State and I will miss everyone associated with Cyclone football, especially the players. You could not ask for a better group of people to coach.'
For the past four seasons Alford has been an assistant coach at Iowa State for head coach Dan McCarney. He helped to shape the Iowa State rushing attack from one of the worst in the nation to one of the most proficient at running the ball.
When he arrived at Iowa State, the Cyclones were 103rd in the nation in rushing. The past two years Iowa State has averaged more than 200 rushing yards per game, finishing 17th both seasons in the final NCAA team rushing statistics. Last year's Cyclone squad, which posted a 9-3 record and defeated Pittsburgh 37-29 in the Insight.com Bowl, rushed for 2,288 yards during the regular season and scored 27 rushing touchdowns. The victory was the first-ever bowl win in Iowa State's history.
Alford tutored a pair of standout running backs at Iowa State, including Darren Davis, from 1997-1999. Davis rushed for more than 1,000 yards during each of those seasons and finished his career second on the Cyclones' all-time rushing list. Last season Iowa State's Ennis Haywood finished 10th nationally in rushing with a 123.7 yards per game average.
Alford was an all-Western Athletic Conference running back, and a Doak Walker Award nominee, at Colorado State. He graduated from Colorado State with a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science in 1992. As a Ram, he set a conference single-game rushing record with 310 yards against Utah. Following his collegiate career, Alford played briefly with the NFL's Denver Broncos and the Birmingham Fire of the World Football League.
After serving as an assistant coach on the high school level in Lake Wales, Fla. and in Fort Collins, Colo., Alford worked as the running backs coach at Mt. Union State College in 1995. He helped the Raiders to a 12-1 record and to reach the semifinals of the NCAA Division III Championship. In 1996 he worked as the running backs coach at Kent.
Alford's wife is named Trina.