Butler Brings Back Jordan as Hoops Head Coach

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The runner-up in Butler's previous coaching search finally landed the job he coveted most.

Jordan replaces Chris Holtmann, who accepted the Ohio State head coach job last week.

Butler announced Jordan as its new head coach Monday evening.

In the ensuing coaching search by the Butler administration, athletic director Barry Collier made a decision to stay within "The Butler Way" and hire one of its own.

As for Holtmann, he has spent the last three seasons as the head coach of the Bulldogs.

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Unfortunately, these coaches continue to leave, causing Jordan to be the fourth head coach in a span of six seasons. Butler Vice President and Director of Athletics Barry Collier made the announcement Monday, June 12.

Jordan played at Butler from 1998-2001, averaging 7.8 points per game. LaVall also has a deep appreciation for our university and this program, and will recruit and develop young men who will represent Butler well. As long as the current recruiting class stays with the Bulldogs, Jordan will start his first season with the Dawgs with a roster returning multiple starters (Tyler Wideman, Kelan Martin, and Kamar Baldwin) in addition to possibly one of the best recruiting classes in program history.

Holtmann compiled a record of 70-31 in three seasons as Butler coach. First off, he's a Butler alum. 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 candidates up for discussion included Ryan Pedon, Micah Shrewsberry, Terry Johnson, and LaVall Jordan. The job ultimately went to Brandon Miller, who had to walk away after one season because of health issues, resulting in Holtmann taking over. Well, it helps to have played for the athletic director making the hire.

"Even though the time we had together was short, we are proud to have brought in a coach that embodies such character and a great sense of leadership", Braun said in a statement.