UofJ Names Head Men
JAMESTOWN, ND, June 12, 2014 – University of Jamestown President Robert S. Badal and Athletic Director Lawrie Paulson announce Alan Magnani has been named head men’s basketball coach. Magnani comes to Jamestown from Mount Pleasant, Iowa, where from 1996 to 2011 he was head men’s basketball coach at Iowa Wesleyan College.

“I am really excited about the opportunity to build upon and continue the success of the men’s basketball program at the University of Jamestown,” Magnani says. “I was very impressed with everyone I met during the interview process.”



Magnani is the winningest coach in Iowa Wesleyan school history, and his teams reached the NAIA National Tournament in 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2011, winning Midwest Collegiate Conference championships those same years. He was a three-time conference Coach of the Year and in 2011 was a finalist for the Don Meyer Collegeinsider.com National Coach of the Year award. He has coached 13 All-Americans.

“It’s hard to match his resumé,” Paulson says. “Obviously, he has enjoyed a great deal of success coaching in Iowa, and I think his experience and maturity will be an asset, not only to the basketball program, but to the Athletic Department and campus community as well.”

“We are so pleased to welcome an experienced and highly successful coach with an NAIA background,” Dr. Badal adds.

Magnani earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Northern Iowa and his master’s degree in sports administration from Wayne State College. He has held several leadership positions, including serving as President of the NABC-NAIA Board of Directors and three-time Chairman of the NAIA D-II Men’s Basketball National Tournament.

Magnani and his wife, Diane, have three children, Trey, 18, Jordan, 14, and Lexie, 12.

-Erin Klein, University of Jamestown