LaVall Jordan named new men's basketball coach at Butler University

LaVall Jordan named new men's basketball coach at Butler University

LaVall Jordan named new men's basketball coach at Butler University

While it's a little confusing to see a guy with a.314 winning percentage in his one year as a head coach get bumped up to the majors like this, it's not a shock to see Butler keep things inside their family.

Jordan will replace Chris Holtmann, who left to become head coach at Ohio State.

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

The connection between Jordan and Butler dates back almost two decades to when the standout guard played for athletic director Barry Collier and led the Bulldogs to three NCAA bids from 1998-2001.

Jordan followed Lickliter to Iowa, then was on staff at MI under John Beilein and took the Milwaukee job last season. Jordan just wrapped up his first season as head coach at Milwaukee, going 11-24 and leading the Panthers to the Horizon League championship game.

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

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He played with the Bulldogs from 1998-2001 as a starting guard where he was named MVP his previous year. LaVall also has a deep appreciation for our university and this program, and will recruit and develop young men who will represent Butler well.

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. "We are thrilled to welcome LaVall, Destinee, and their three lovely daughters back to Butler".

"This is a dream come true", said Jordan. The friends split the regular-season series, with each team winning on the road, and Milwaukee beat Detroit in the Horizon League opener, starting its surprising postseason run. He helped the MI program to five NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the 2013 Final Four and national title game - the first for the program in 20 years, followed by a return trip to the Elite Eight in 2014.

Collier should know: He recruited Jordan and coached him for three seasons before leaving for Nebraska. He was the 2016-17 Big East Coach of the Year, the 2013 Big South Conference Coach of the Year and a Naismith National Coach of the Year finalist in 2014-15. 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.

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

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