INDIANAPOLIS – On Monday night, Athletic director Barry Collier declared that Coach LaVall Jordan has finally taken the offer to take on the mantle as Butler’s head coach. The former star player of the Bulldogs will replace Chris Holtmann, who is now with Ohio State. Jordan is set to be formally introduced today.
Jordan was with the Milwaukee Panthers last season, and this is his first time being a head coach. Despite that, he still surprisingly managed to lead the team in the Horizon League Tournament championship. With a record of 11-24, the Panthers had a chance to make history of being a team with the most losses to set foot on an NCAA Tournament.
According to Collier, Jordan possesses the attributes that represents “The Butler Way.” He explained that Jordan has the experience and talent to develop young men who can reach reach high levels in the competition. He continued by saying that he appreciates the University and its programs. Beginning in 2007, the team has already made eight NCAA field appearances, got in the Sweet 16 four times,and completed the 2010 and 2011 season as a national runner-up.
According to Panthers’ Athletic Director Amanda Braun, the search for Jordan’s replacement is now being taken care of. They are currently looking at Assistant Coach Todd Townsend, who is expected to be their top candidate.
Braun said that they are still proud of Jordan despite his departure because they had brought a coach who possesses a great character and exemplary leadership qualities. She explained that Jordan played a big part in helping their program thrive. She also promised that they will still continue to pursue the success of their program and look for positive outcomes in the future.
According to Jordan, coaching at Butler is his dream job. He said that he and his family are very sentimental about the team and that he is honored to lead their program.
Jordan then thanked President James Danko and Barry Collier for giving him the opportunity to contribute to “The Butler Way” and its success. This is the first time that Butler has hired a head coach from outside their program since Collier.