INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Two days after former Butler head basketball coach Chris Holtmann was introduced as Ohio State’s new Buckeye bench boss, the Bulldogs went back to one of their own. Former Bulldog player and assistant Lavall Jordan was back at Hinkle taking over the reins of a program he helped lead to national prominence.
“Leading Butler basketball is a dream come true,” said the 38-year-old from Albion, Michigan. “Butler is a special place, Hinkle Fieldhouse is the best place to play and watch a game in the world. Butler is built on values and guiding principles that I’ve lived and carried with me everywhere I’ve coached.”
Jordan, who’s one year of head coaching experience came at Milwaukee, where he led a struggling Panther team to the Horizon League tournament title game last March spent the three seasons at Iowa with former Butler coach Todd Lickliter, then moved to Michigan, where he stayed for six more seasons with John Beilein and the Wolverines before taking his first head coaching job in Wisconsin.
“I’ve had great mentors. My college coach Barry Collier (now Butler athletics director), Todd Lickliter, and Brad Stevens,” said Jordan. “They believe, as I do, that Butler basketball is more than just basketball, it’s a family. It’s about high character and integrity. I can’t wait to hit the ground running.”
Jordan added that he likes the current players on the roster, many of whom attended the news conference, and has already spoken to the incoming recruiting class. “I’ll follow up with them soon and I hope we keep them all. My staff is also in the works, a group that will fit Butler and has its priorities in place.”
Jordan ended his new conference saying “I’m humbled to lead this program. When I hear that cheer during a game at Hinkle, B-U-T-L-E, R you a Bulldog? I might just turn around and yell, hell yeah! It’s great to be home.”