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LaVall Jordan begins his third season as an assistant coach with the University of Michigan basketball program. An Albion, Mich. native, Jordan will be one of U-M's top recruiters and coach the Maize and Blue backcourt players, while continuing to help in the development of defensive strategies, scouting opponents and on-court coaching.
In his two seasons in Ann Arbor, Jordan has helped the Wolverines to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and 20-win seasons, as well as claim a share of the 2012 Big Ten regular season title with a 13-5 record -- the first for the program since 1986.
Additionally, Jordan helped in the development of 2011 All-Big Ten selection and current Los Angeles Laker Darius Morris, who recorded just the third triple-double in U-M history and set the U-M single season assist record. Most recently, he mentored 2012 Big Ten Freshman of the Year Trey Burke, who set the U-M freshman single season record for assists and earned U-M's first AP All-American Honorable Mention honor since 1998.
Before joining the Wolverine program, Jordan spent three years at Iowa (2007-10) as an assistant coach under former Hawkeye head coach Todd Lickliter. Prior to his arrival at Iowa, Jordan spent four years coaching at his alma mater, Butler (2003-07), as an assistant coach for three seasons (2004-07) and as the coordinator of basketball operations for one season (2003-04).
Jordan helped guide the Bulldogs to a 29-7 record in 2006-07, sharing the Horizon League regular-season title in 2007. Butler advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament that year before a loss to eventual national champion, Florida.
Before embarking on his coaching career, Jordan was a starting guard at Butler (1998-2001), helping the Bulldogs win three conference tournament titles and two Midwestern Collegiate Conference regular-season championships. He participated in four consecutive postseason tournaments -- NCAA (1998, 2000, '01) and NIT (1999) -- and helped record Butler's first NCAA tournament win in 39 years with a 79-63 win over Wake Forest in 2001.
Jordan was a two-time All-Midwestern Collegiate Conference performer and was the league's tournament MVP in 2001. He tallied 91 victories in four years, which at the time made him the winningest player in Butler history.
Prior to playing at Butler, Jordan prepped at Albion High School under Charles Henderson. Jordan led the Wildcats to a MHSAA Class B State semifinals appearance in 1996 and a runner-up finish in 1997.
Jordan earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from Butler in 2001 and went on to play professional basketball in Europe. He was the first Butler player to participate in the National Basketball Developmental League, playing for the Huntsville Flight.
Jordan and his wife, Destinee, have two daughters, Ava and Alanna.
The LaVall Jordan File
Born: April 16, 1979 Hometown: Albion, Mich. High School: Albion High School College: Butler University, 2001 (BA, Journalism) Family: Married, wife Destinee; children (2), Ava and Alanna