10 things you should know about new head coach LaVall Jordan

LaVall Jordan, center, is the new Butler men’s basketball coach. Photo from onmilwaukee.com.

DANA LEE | SPORTS EDITOR | delee1@butler.edu

LaVall Jordan is the next head coach of the Butler men’s basketball team. Jordan, currently the head coach at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, replaces the freshly departed Chris Holtmann.

Here are 10 things you should know about Butler’s newest basketball coach:

  1. Is the first African-American head coach in Butler men’s basketball history
  2. Most recently led the Division I Milwaukee Panthers to a 11-24 record in his first season as a head coach, including an appearance in the Horizon League championship game as a No. 10 seed
  3. Previously spent six seasons as an assistant coach under John Beilein at the University of Michigan and competed for the national title in 2013.
  4. Was an assistant coach for former Butler head coach Todd Lickliter at Iowa between 2007-2010
  5. Worked as coordinator of basketball operations at Butler before being promoted to assistant coach in 2004
  6. Played for Butler University as a guard for two head coaches: current Butler athletic director Barry Collier and Thad Matta between 1998-2001
  7. Was the first Butler player to take part in the National Basketball Development League
  8. Played professionally in Europe after graduating from Butler with a journalism degree
  9. Hails from Albion, Mich.
  10. At age 38, he and wife Destinee have three daughters: Ava, Alanna and Adalynn



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