In the last week, Butler basketball has gone through a whirlwind of emotions. But now the dust seems to have (mostly) settled, and the Dawgs have a new head coach.
Former player and assistant coach LaVall Jordan has been hired as Butler’s new head coach. The deal is for six years.
Jordan is no stranger to The Butler Way. He played at Butler from 1998 to 2001. In that time the Bulldogs won two Horizon League titles and made three NCAA tournaments.
After college he was the first Bulldog to play in the NBA D- League. When his playing career came to an end, he was an assistant coach at Butler from 2003 to 2007.
He also was an assistant coach at Michigan from 2010 to 2016, where he focused on recruiting backcourt players (think Trey Burke) and defensive strategy. In his time there the Wolverines make five NCAA tournament appearances.
In 2016 Jordan took a head coaching job back in the Horizon League with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Last year, the Panthers had a lackluster 11-24 record, but made an improbable run to the Horizon League title game where they lost their chance at the tournament to Northern Kentucky.
Butler’s coaching staff took a huge hit after former head coach Chris Holtmann took a job at Ohio State. But Butler is still feeling the affects, as many of the rest of the assistant coaches will be following Holtmann to OSU. It seems Coach Jordan will have to assemble a new team in Indianapolis.
Three of Butler’s freshman recruits (Cooper Neese, Jerald Gillens-Bulter, and Aaron Thompson) have reaffirmed their commitments to the team. Butler fans still eagerly await news from SG Christian David and SF Kyle Young.
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