June 24, 2017

Butler hires LaVall Jordan as head coach

14 June 2017, 06:44 | Leonard Manning

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Many in basketball circles know Jordan from his time at MI, helping groom U-M's three elite point guards - Darius Morris, Trey Burke and Derrick Walton Jr. - and helping recruit and coach the best U-M teams (2013-14) in the past 20 years.

Jordan replaces Chris Holtmann, who accepted the Ohio State head coach job last week.

Jordan's coaching career began on the Butler sidelines (2003-07), working as an assistant coach for three seasons (2004-07) and as the coordinator of basketball operations for one season (2003-04).

Although there was a gap between his time with the Bulldogs to now, Jordan will follow in the tradition of head coaches starting as assistants within the program. Jordan has been instrumental as an assistant coach at several universities, including Butler.

According to Multiple sources, including Jeff Goodman and David Woods, Lavall Jordan is the next head coach for the Bulldogs, and has a lot of work to do early. He originally took over for Brandon Miller as an interim head coach, but athletic director Barry Collier took off the interim tag after it became apparent was the correct man for the job.

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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. "He has played a major role in successful programs that have competed at the highest levels".

MI reached the NCAA Tournament in each of Jordan's first four seasons on the staff, including trips to the 2013 Final Four and 2014 Elite Eight, and made a fifth appearance this season after the missing the postseason a year ago.

With Jordan, U-M averaged 24 wins per season, including a U-M record-tying 31 during the 2012-13 season. The Wolverines posted a 143-70 overall record and a 67-41 record in Big Ten play. First off, he's a Butler alum. Jordan also coached under Lickliter at Butler after playing for Collier and Thad Matta.

Jordan and his wife, Destinee, have three daughters, Ava, Alanna and Adalynn.

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