Former Butler Bulldogs guard and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee head coach, LaVall Jordan, has agreed to become Butler’s next head coach.
As a player, Jordan helped lead Butler to three NCAA tournament appearances in his four-year career spanning from 1997-2001. The former guard averaged 12.4 points per game and shot 44% from 3-point range his senior year.
After a short stint in the NBA D-League, Jordan went back to Butler as an assistant coach from 2004-2007. He then was an assistant at Iowa and Michigan, the latter an assistant on the team that reached the NCAA Championship Game in 2013.
After UWM fired popular coach Rob Jeter, the program signed Jordan away from Michigan. Jordan was faced with a hefty rebuilding task as UWM lost three key players to transfer: point guard Jordan Johnson, who finished second in the nation in assists per game in 2016 transferred to UNLV, Austin Arians who holds the UWM record for threes in a game transferred to Wake Forest, and guard Akeem Springs transferred to Minnesota. The Panthers also lost three seniors who made major contributions to the program: Matt Tiby, J.J. Panoske, and J.R. Lyle.
Jordan was faced with a roster that included seven freshen, and no one on the roster above 6’9″. The results as you would expect were not good, as the Panthers who were usually a mainstay in the top of the Horizon League, finished last in the league.
The Panthers subsequently made a run all the way to the Horizon League Championship Game and upset second seeded Valparaiso on the way. The Panthers were one win away from becoming the only team in NCAA history to make the NCAA tournament with 24 losses.
As for Butler, they will lose six seniors this upcoming year, including leading assist man Tyler Lewis and second leading scorer Andrew Chrabascz. They will return leading scorer Kelan Martin and have signed four-star small forward, Kyle Young, and three-star shooting guard, Cooper Neese, but it is unclear if their commitments will stay true after the departure of Chris Holtmann.