LaVall Jordan hired as Butler basketball coach

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – Butler has hired former Bulldog LaVall Jordan as its next head coach.

WTHR.com columnist Bob Kravitz confirmed Jordan accepted the university’s offer Monday evening. Butler University Athletic Director Barry Collier, who recruited Jordan and coached him for three seasons, announced the hiring in a release Monday night.

“LaVall is a tremendous coach who exemplifies The Butler Way,” Collier said. “He has played a major role in successful programs that have competed at the highest levels. LaVall also has a deep appreciation for our university and this program, and will recruit and develop young men who will represent Butler well.”

Jordan, who coached the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee this past season, was a starting guard for Butler from 1998-2001. He led the Bulldogs to three Midwestern Collegiate Conference tournament titles and two regular season championships.

LaVall Jordan during his playing days at Butler. (WTHR file)

LaVall Jordan during his playing days at Butler. (WTHR file)

“This is a dream come true,” said Jordan. “Butler is a place that means so much to me and my family, and I am honored and humbled to lead this storied program. I want to thank President Danko and Barry Collier for the faith they have placed in me to continue The Butler Way and our great success.”

He replaces Chris Holtmann, who was introduced Monday as the new head coach at Ohio State.

Jordan, 38, spent four years on the coaching staff at Butler, before coaching three years on former Bulldogs coach Todd Lickliter’s staff at Iowa, then six years under John Beilein at the University of Michigan.

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