Published: Tue, June 13, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Butler to hire UW-Milwaukee coach LaVall Jordan

Butler to hire UW-Milwaukee coach LaVall Jordan

Jordan is the first coach Butler has hired from another program since Barry Collier in 1989.

Jordan, an Albion, Michigan, native, joined Beilein's staff after assistant coaching stints at Iowa and Butler.

Jordan is a Butler graduate and former Bulldogs player who has spent only one season as a head coach - specifically this past season, when his Panthers finished 11-24 overall, 4-14 in the Horizon. Jordan may have to look around for a new coaching staff, as Terry Johnson and Ryan Pedon are expected to follow Holtmann to OSU. He left Iowa following 2009-10 and landed a spot on John Beilein's staff at MI, where he stayed until taking the Milwaukee job last spring.

"I have so much respect for our young men, our student-athletes that are wearing the jersey and representing Milwaukee with so much pride", Jordan said following the season.

In his initial season with the Panthers, he led an inexperienced roster with none of his own recruits to an 11-24 record. Well, it helps to have played for the athletic director making the hire.

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LaVall Jordan, pictured left, stands on the sideline.

For a basketball program that is widely known for keeping it in the family, Jordan checks a lot of boxes.

Now Jordan, a MI native, takes over a program that has gone from one of America's darlings to one of college basketball's most consistent postseason teams. UIC was a team that had six guys averaging at least 9.3 points per game and in those earlier wins had put five in double figures once and four in the other victory.

Following that aforementioned loss to Oakland, Jordan got his team refocused and it went on an improbable postseason run, winning three of its final four games and becoming the first 10th seed to advance to the Horizon League Tournament. Then in 2010 he left to be an assistant for John Beilein at the University of MI until last season, when he was the head coach at the University of Milwaukee for a season.

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