LaVall Jordan, a former Butler University assistant coach and player under Coach Todd Lickliter, is in his third year as an assistant coach at Iowa after joining the program as an assistant coach in April, 2007.
Jordan served three seasons (2004-07) as a full-time assistant coach at Butler after spending the 2003-04 season as Butler’s coordinator of basketball operations. As an assistant coach, he held on-the-court coaching and teaching responsibilities, game preparation duties and prospect evaluation. He also had duties related to Butler’s summer basketball camps.
As an assistant coach at Butler, Jordan helped the Bulldogs post a 29-7 record in 2006-07. Butler shared the Horizon League regular season title in 2007 and advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament before a loss to eventual national champion Florida.
The Bulldogs set a school record for wins in 2007 after opening the season with 10 straight victories. Butler won the NIT Season Tip-Off Tournament with wins over Notre Dame, Indiana, Tennessee and Gonzaga.
Butler led the nation in fewest turnovers per game (9.5), ranked fifth in scoring defense (57.1), seventh in free throw percentage (76%), 13th in won-loss percentage (.806), 17th in scoring margin (10.5) and 20th in three-point field goals per game (8.9).
Jordan helped the Bulldogs to a remarkably successful run as a four-year letterman from 1997-2001. He helped the Bulldogs win three conference tournament titles and two Horizon League regular season championships while participating in four consecutive post-season tournaments.
He was a starting guard for the Bulldogs in 2000-01, as Butler won the conference regular season and tournament championships and defeated Wake Forest in the NCAA Tournament. It was Butler’s first NCAA Tournament win in 35 years. Jordan was named CBS “Player of the Game” in Butler’s second-round contest after scoring 17 points against nationally-ranked Arizona. He was the first player in Butler basketball history to play in four NCAA Tournament games and he also played in three NIT games.
Jordan was Butler’s Most Valuable Player in 2000-01. He was a two-time all-conference performer and was named MVP of the 2001 league championship. He contributed to 91 victories in four years, a Butler record at the time. He completed his career in sixth place on Butler’s career list for three-point field goals (151) and he currently stands eighth on Butler’s all-time list for three-pointers. Jordan tallied 977 points, 365 rebounds and 179 assists during his four-year career.
After earning his bachelor’s degree in journalism in 2001, Jordan played professional basketball in Europe. He was the first Butler player to participate in the National Basketball Developmental League, playing for the Huntsville Flight.
Jordan returned to Butler in the fall of 2003 and took over administrative and operational duties for the men’s basketball program. The Bulldogs posted a 20-13 record in 2005-06 in his second year as an assistant coach, placing second in the league standings while earning an NIT post-season bid.
Jordan was born April 16, 1979 and is a native of Albion, MI. He and his wife, Destinee, have two daughters, Ava (four) and Alanna (two).