LaVall Jordan

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LaVall Jordan
20150303 Michigan basketball coaching staff.JPG
(left to right) John Beilein, Jeff Meyer, Bacari Alexander and Jordan in 2015
Current position
TitleHead coach
ConferenceBig East
Biographical details
Born (1979-04-16) April 16, 1979 (age 40)
Albion, Michigan
Playing career
2002–2003Huntsville Flight
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2003–2007Butler (assistant)
2007–2010Iowa (assistant)
2010–2016Michigan (assistant)
Head coaching record
Tournaments1–1 (NCAA)
0–1 (NIT)

LaVall Jurrant Jordan (born April 16, 1979) is an American college basketball coach, currently the head coach for the Butler Bulldogs.[1] He is a former head coach of Milwaukee, as well as assistant coach at Michigan, Iowa, and Butler. In six seasons as an assistant coach under Michigan head coach John Beilein, Michigan advanced to the NCAA Tournament each year, won Big Ten Conference regular season championships in 2012 and 2014 and appeared in the Elite 8 in 2014 and the National Championship in 2013.

Playing career[edit]

Jordan played for Butler from 1998 to 2001. He helped lead the team to three Midwestern Collegiate Conference (now Horizon League) tournament titles and two regular-season championships while also playing in four consecutive postseason tournaments — three NCAA (1998, 2000, and 2001) and one NIT (1999). Butler also won its first NCAA Tournament game in 39 years with a 79–63 win over Wake Forest in 2001.[2][3] He was a two-time All-Conference player and the 2001 Midwestern Collegiate Conference Men's Basketball Tournament MVP.[4]

Jordan played professional basketball in Europe for one year after graduating. He was the first Butler player to participate in the NBA Development League, playing for the Huntsville Flight.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Assistant at Butler and Iowa[edit]

Jordan spent four years (2003–07) on Todd Lickliter's staff at Butler before following him to Iowa for three additional seasons (2007-2010).[2]

Assistant at Michigan[edit]

Jordan (fourth from left) with the national runner-up 2012–13 Michigan Wolverines

Under coach John Beilein at Michigan, Jordan's focus was on recruiting and developing back court players along with defensive strategies, scouting, and on-court coaching.[2] Jordan is often given credit in greatly aiding in the development of Michigan's guards, especially point guards. During the time he spent there, a list that notably includes Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Darius Morris.[5][6] As a member of the coaching staff, Jordan helped Michigan to five NCAA Tournament appearances, including two trips to the Elite Eight and one to the National Championship Game in 2013.[7]

Head coach at Milwaukee[edit]

On April 7, 2016, Milwaukee hired Jordan to replace Rob Jeter.[3][8] In his first year as a head coach with the 2016–17 Milwaukee Panthers, the team finished with an 11–24 record, but it made an improbable run in the 2017 Horizon League Men's Basketball Tournament, becoming the first 10th-seeded team to win a Horizon League Tournament game, and going on to reach the championship game against Northern Kentucky. Had they won, they would have set a record for the team with the most losses reaching the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament.[9][10]

Head coach at Butler[edit]

On June 12, 2017, Butler hired Jordan to replace Chris Holtmann.[1] Butler's athletic director Barry Collier had recruited Jordan as a player and coached him for three seasons.[4] In his first season as head coach, he led the unranked Bulldogs to a stunning 101–93 upset of No. 1 Villanova in Hinkle Fieldhouse, marking Butler's third straight win over the Wildcats.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Milwaukee Panthers (Horizon League) (2016–2017)
2016–17 Milwaukee 11–24 4–14 10th
Milwaukee: 11–24 (.314) 4–14 (.222)
Butler Bulldogs (Big East Conference) (2017–present)
2017–18 Butler 21–14 9–9 T–6th NCAA Division I Second Round
2018–19 Butler 16–17 7–11 T–8th NIT First Round
Butler: 37–31 (.544) 16–20 (.444)
Total: 48–55 (.466)


  1. ^ a b "@ButlerMBB Tabs LaVall Jordan as Head Coach". Butler University. June 12, 2017. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d "UWM hires Michigan assistant LaVall Jordan as men's basketball coach". Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Milwaukee Hires LaVall Jordan as Men's Basketball Head Coach | Horizon League". Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "New Butler coach LaVall Jordan aims to keep legacy intact". ESPN. Associated Press. June 14, 2017. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  5. ^ "6 things to know about Butler coach LaVall Jordan". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  6. ^ "Jennings: Michigan's Jordan has way with guards". Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  7. ^ "Milwaukee hires Michigan assistant LaVall Jordan as coach". NCAA Men's Basketball. April 7, 2016. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  8. ^ "UWM hires Michigan assistant LaVall Jordan to replace Rob Jeter". Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  9. ^ "No. 10 Milwaukee tops No. 6 UIC in semifinals". March 7, 2017. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
  10. ^ "N. Kentucky beats Milwaukee; secures NCAA bid in first year of eligibility". ESPN. Associated Press. March 7, 2017. Retrieved March 23, 2017.

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