According to multiple sources, including Jeff Goodman and David Woods, Lavall Jordan is the next head coach for the Bulldogs– and has a lot of work to do early.
One of the biggest things on his agenda is to assure the incoming recruits that Butler is still the best option for them. Cooper Neese, Aaron Thompson and Jerald Butler have reaffirmed their commitments, but the two best recruits, Kyle Young and Christian David, still haven’t commented on if they are returning.
Wow congrats to @LaVall_Jordan no one more deserving of that job…might have to be a butler fan now? lol
— Caris LeVert (@CarisLeVert) June 13, 2017
Jordan may have to look around for a new coaching staff, as Terry Johnson and Ryan Pedon are expected to follow Holtmann to OSU. If a staff is needed, I believe Ronald Nored and Matthew Graves should be the first ones to call, especially Nored who could be groomed as the next head coach.
Lavall Jordan, who played at Butler from 1997-2001, has been coaching since 2004. He started out as an assistant at Butler from 2004-2007, and then followed Todd Lickliter to Iowa. Then, in 2010, he left to be an assistant for John Beilein at the University of Michigan until last season, when he was the head coach at the University of Milwaukee. In his one season as a head coach he was 11-24, but unexpectedly got Milwaukee to the Horizon League championship game. At Michigan, Jordan played a huge role in recruiting by helping recruit players like Trey Burke, Zak Irvin and more.
It will be great to see how Jordan does at Butler, and how he handles the current recruits and coaching staff, but Butler is in good hands, and made a great hire. **Story will be updated as his staff fills out and recruits make their decisions to stay or leave**