Wow, that was fast.
Just three days after Chris Holtmann left Indianapolis for Columbus, Ohio to try and steer the Ohio State Buckeyes to respectability in the Big Ten, Butler pounced quickly for his replacement.
Beating out some major names from the likes of former longtime Marquette and Indiana Coach Tom Crean and Xavier assisatnt coach Travis Steele, LaVall Jordan returns to his alma mater with quite a resume already in hand.
He is 37 and was a player when current Athletic Director Barry Collier was a coach for Butler. Although he started out as a head coach just this past season suffering some familiar growing pains going only 11-24 (4-14 in the Horizon League) at Wisconsin-Milwaukee, this should be a nice hire for Butler in the fact that he both played there and was an assistant there.
“LaVall is a tremendous coach who exemplifies ‘The Butler Way,’ ” He has played a major role in successful programs that have competed at the highest levels. LaVall also has a deep appreciation for our university and this program, and will recruit and develop young men who will represent Butler well.”
Butler Athletic Director Barry Collier in statement on Monday night in announcing LaVall Jordan as new men’s basketball coach
Financial terms of the deal, according to many broadcast outlets and websites were not disclosed.