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Butler Hires Familiar Face As Next Men's Basketball Coach

Butler Hires Familiar Face As Next Men's Basketball Coach

On Monday, the Bulldogs announced that 2001 BU graduate and former men's basketball player and assistant coach LaVall Jordan would be taking the reigns following the departure of Chris Holtmann to Ohio State.

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.

This comes as no surprise; Jordan has experience not only as a head coach, but also with the Bulldogs. Jordan has been instrumental as an assistant coach at several universities, including Butler. He went 11-24 leading Milwaukee in 2016-17.

The Albion High School graduate was on the Butler coaching staff from 2003-07 before leaving for Iowa.

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One of the state's most storied college basketball programs has a new head coach. Butler Vice President and Director of Athletics Barry Collier made the announcement Monday, June 12. "We are thrilled to welcome LaVall, Destinee, and their three handsome daughters back to Butler". During that stretch, his efforts helped the Bulldogs win three conference tournament titles.

Holtmann compiled a record of 70-31 in three seasons as Butler coach. Specializing in guard development, Jordan coached eight Wolverine guards to All-Big Ten honors. At Michigan Jordan played a huge role in recruiting by helping recruit players like Trey Burke, Zak Irvin, and more. First off, he's a Butler alum. It might make the most sense to promote an assistant as an interim head coach until next offseason, but right now there isn't a clear course of action for the decision makers in the Milwaukee athletic department.

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

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