Panthers searching for new basketball coach again

Louis Holland
June 14, 2017

Jordan remained at MI until last offseason, when the Milwaukee Panthers named him head coach.

After just one season on the job in Milwaukee, head men's basketball coach LaVall Jordan is leaving, agreeing to become the next head coach at Butler University. He also served as an assistant at Iowa and MI.

Jordan is a former Butler player and assistant who has been the head coach at Milwaukee since April 2016.

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After his playing days, Jordan was an assistant at Butler for three years, an assistant at Iowa for three years, and then an assistant under Beilein at MI for six years.

The Panthers did win three games in the Horizon League Tournament, knocking off seventh-seeded Detroit, second-seeded Valparaiso and sixth-seeded Illinois-Chicago to reach the title game.

This comes as no surprise; Jordan has experience not only as a head coach, but also with the Bulldogs.

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Jordan earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from Butler in 2001 and went on to play professional basketball in Europe.

As Marquette fans invested in the quality of Butler's program going forward, we'll get an idea of how fast Jordan can get up and running pretty quickly. He calls it "a dream come true" to return to his alma mater and says "Butler is a place that means so much to me and my family, and I am honored and humbled to lead this storied program". MI made five NCAA Tournaments during his tenure. First off, he's a Butler alum. Terry Johnson has been part of the Butler staff for 12 years, Ryan Pedon was the top recruiter on the Butler staff the past few years and Micah Shrewsberry was an assistant coach for Brad Stevens at Butler and the Boston Celtics. Holtmann replaced Thad Matta, who was retired. Well, it helps to have played for the athletic director making the hire.

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