Danielle Altman
Danielle Altman
Position: Head Coach
Head Coach Danielle Altman enters her fifth season at the helm of the UC Santa Barbara women's water polo team in 2007. Under her tutelage, the 2006 Gauchos finished the season with an overall record of 18-17 and were ranked 14th in the Collegiate Water Polo Association National Coaches Poll after placing 10th in the ultra-competitive Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. The 2006 season was the second consecutive winning season for Altman at UCSB marking the first pair of back-to-back winning seasons for the Gauchos in recent program history (1996 or later). In 2005, the Gauchos went 17-12 overall and 5-7 in the MPSF, ending the season ranked ninth in the CWPA Poll and marking the first winning season for UCSB since 1997 when the team posted a 20-15 record. The 2005 season also marked a milestone for Altman: her first season over .500 at the Division I level. In Altman's tenure with UCSB, she has placed four players on the All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Team, including current senior Aimee Stachowski, a two-time conference honoree. Altman joined UCSB in 2003 when she helped lead the Gauchos to a 16-16 record, which she duplicated the following season. Overall the Grass Valley, Calif. native has steered the Gauchos to a 131-119 four-year record. Prior to joining the Gaucho family, Altman served as the head women's water polo coach at California State University, San Bernardino for four seasons. With the Coyotes, she compiled a four-year record of 64-58 and in 2002, she guided San Bernardino to a 26-8 mark, the best in program history. In her final two seasons with the Coyotes, Altman's teams posted a combined record of 41-18. In addition to her coaching duties, Altman was a professor of kinesiology at both Cal State San Bernardino and Cal State Fullerton. She began her coaching career as the head water polo coach and swimming coach at Bear River High School in Grass Valley. A 1997 graduate of the University of Redlands, Altman received Bachelor of Arts degrees in International Relations and French. She was a First Team All-American water polo player in 1996 and 1997, and a First Team All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection for her final three seasons. Altman, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, was also an Academic All-American in cross country in 1995 and was all-conference in swimming for four years. She received her master's degree in education (kinesiology option) from Cal State San Bernardino in 2000.