Wolverines Overcome Shooting Slump in Victory over Nebraska
LaVall Jordan begins his fourth 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 three seasons in Ann Arbor, Jordan has helped the Wolverine program to three straight NCAA Tournament bids, including a trip to the 2013 Final Four -- the first for the program in 20 years. With the 2012-13 season culminating in a national runner-up finish, U-M matched the schools record for wins in a season at 31. In 2011-12, Michigan claimed a share of the Big Ten regular-season title with a 13-5 record -- the first for the program since 1986. With a 12-6 Big Ten record in 2012-13, U-M recorded its second straight 10-plus conference win season for the first time in 17 years.
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. Most recently, he mentored 2013 Consensus National Player of the Year and Consensus All-American Trey Burke, who set U-M records for assists in a single season as well as the freshman and sophomore records for assists.
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 three daughters, Ava, Alanna and Adalynn.
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 (3): Ava, Alanna and Adalynn