University of Iowa Athletics
Director, Basketball Operations

Al Seibert

Bio

Al Seibert is in his 10th season on the University of Iowa men’s basketball coaching staff. Seibert spent five years as the team’s video coordinator before being named director of operations prior to the 2016-17 season.

As operations director, Seibert works closely with the basketball staff, helping coordinate travel and carry out the day-to-day activities of the UI basketball program.

Seibert has assisted in the rise of the Hawkeye basketball program back to national prominence since 2012. Fran McCaffery and his coaching staff have won 20 games or more six of the last eight years and first in program history to win 18 or more games in six straight seasons (2012-17). Seibert and the Hawkeyes are one of just three teams to register upper division finishes in the Big Ten at least seven of the last eight seasons. Iowa placed third in the Big Ten and won an NCAA Tournament game for the third time in five years in 2019.

A year ago, the nationally-ranked Hawkeyes register 20 regular season wins and would have competed in the NCAA Tournament if not for the cancellation of the postseason due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Seibert was a member of a staff that coached unanimous consensus first-team All-American Luka Garza. The junior center was named National Player of the Year by a handful of major news outlets, while also earning Big Ten Player of the Year and USBWA District VI Player of the Year distinction. In 2019, the Hawkeyes amassed 23 victories, the program’s second highest total in 13 seasons, closely behind 25 wins in 2013 when reaching the NIT championship game.

Seibert has 18 years of coaching experience, having most recently served as the head coach at the University of New Haven in West Haven, Connecticut, from 2005-10.

He was at the University of Hartford for five seasons, four as an assistant (2000-04) and one as associate head coach (2004-05). Seibert was the top assistant in 2002 when Hartford posted the second-best Division I turnaround. He also helped coach the Hawks to a top three finish in the America East Conference from 2002-04.

Seibert was also an assistant coach at Western Kentucky (1994-98). He helped coach the 1995 Western Kentucky team to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, a final national ranking of No. 18 and a 27-4 overall record, which was second only to national champion UCLA.

Other stops include one season as a volunteer assistant coach at Duquesne (1992-93) and working as a basketball administrative assistant at Pittsburgh (1993-94).

Seibert has worked individually with a number of athletes drafted in the NBA. In 1993, he worked with Derrick Alston (Duquesne University), who was a second round draft pick of the Philadelphia 76ers. The following spring, Seibert worked with Erik Mobley (University of Pittsburgh), who was the 16th overall selection of the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1994 NBA Draft. In 1996, he worked with Ben Davis (University of Arizona), who was a second round pick of the Phoenix Suns. Seibert also worked individually with Lee Nailon (TCU) in 1998-99, who was a second round selection by Charlotte.

Seibert worked as a college basketball recruiting expert for Insiders Report from 1998-2000.

He played collegiately at Frederick Community College (Md.) from 1981-83.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Seibert earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Fredonia State University (N.Y.) in 1985.

Seibert is married to Rachel and has a daughter, Katie (23), who lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.