LaVall Jordan emerges as Butler's target for coaching job

Butler follows a familiar pattern in hiring LaVall Jordan as head coach

So why would a coach with his credentials get tabbed for a high quality job like Butler?

According to Scout.com's Evan Daniels, Butler will hire former MI assistant Lavall Jordan as its next men's basketball coach short of a breakdown in their contract negotiations.

Secondly, Jordan has extensive assistant coaching experience at Butler, Iowa and MI.

The 38 year old MI native played for Butler from 1997-2001 when current BU athletic director Barry Collier was the head coach, and Jordan returned to the bench as an assistant coach to Todd Lickliter from 2004-2007.

Was trending that way since last night, but can confirm: LaVall Jordan will indeed be #Butler's new head basketball coach.




He will leave Milwaukee and the Horizon League after one season, and while the record wasn't great - the Panthers were 11-24 - there was plenty to like about his performance.

Unfortunately, these coaches continue to leave, causing Jordan to be the fourth head coach in a span of six seasons.

It took Butler athletic director Barry Collier just three days to identify, interview, and hire his new men's basketball coach.

Collier should know: He recruited Jordan and coached him for three seasons before leaving for Nebraska.

All told, Jordan was an assistant coach for 13 years before landing the Milwaukee job. He was the first Butler player to participate in the National Basketball Developmental League, playing for the Huntsville Flight. He left Iowa following 2009-10 and landed a spot on John Beilein's staff at MI, where he stayed until taking the Milwaukee job last spring. The Star reported that Johnson, Pedon and assistant Mike Schrage are expected to join Holtmann at Ohio State. He participated in four consecutive postseason tournaments - NCAA (1998, 2000, 2001) 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.

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