LaVall Jordan was named head coach at Milwaukee on April 7. Jordan spent the previous six seasons as an assistant coach with the University of Michigan basketball program under head coach John Beilein.
In his six seasons in Ann Arbor, Jordan helped the Wolverine program to five NCAA Tournament bids (2011, '12, '13, '14 & '16), with a trip to the 2013 Final Four and national title game -- the first for the program in 20 years, followed by a return trip to the Elite Eight in 2014.
Overall with Jordan, U-M averaged 24 wins per season as the Wolverines garnered 143 total during his tenure, including a U-M record tying 31 during the 2012-13 season. Michigan claimed a share of the 2012 Big Ten regular-season title with a 13-5 record -- the first for the program since 1986. The Wolverines just missed claiming a share of the 2013 conference title after a last-second loss in the regular season finale, but won their first outright Big Ten title in 28 years in 2014 with a 15-3 record, winning the league by three games.
“I am thrilled to welcome LaVall, his wife, Destinee, and their children to the Milwaukee family,” Milwaukee Director of Athletics Amanda Braun said. “LaVall has impeccable character and integrity and he has been a winner both as a player and as a coach. Widely regarded as an excellent recruiter, LaVall also has a proven track record in player development. This is an exciting day for Milwaukee basketball.”
Specializing in guard development, Jordan has coached eight Wolverine guards to All-Big Ten honors -- Darius Morris (2011), Trey Burke (2012 & '13), Tim Hardaway Jr. (2012 & '13), Nik Stauskas (2014), Caris LeVert (2014), Derrick Walton Jr. (2016) and Zak Irvin (2016). He mentored Burke to 2013 consensus National Player of the Year and All-America honors, as he set U-M records for assists in a single season as well as the freshman and sophomore records for assists.
In addition, during his stint with U-M, six Wolverines reached the NBA: Morris (2011, No. 41 by Los Angeles Lakers), Burke (2013, No. 9 by Utah Jazz), Hardaway (2013, No. 24 by New York Knicks), Stauskas (2014, No. 8 by Sacramento Kings), Mitch McGary (2014, No. 21 by Oklahoma City Thunder) and Glenn Robinson III (2014, No. 40 by Minnesota Timberwolves).
Before joining the Wolverine program, Jordan spent three years at Iowa (2007-10) under Todd Lickliter. Prior to his arrival at Iowa, Jordan spent four years coaching at his alma mater, Butler (2003-07), working as an assistant coach for three seasons (2004-07) and as the coordinator of basketball operations for one season (2003-04).
Jordan helped guide the Bulldogs to a 29-7 record in 2006-07, sharing the Horizon League regular season title in 2007. Butler advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament that year before a loss to eventual national champion, Florida. There he coached All-Horizon guards Mike Green and A.J. Graves.
Before embarking on his coaching career, Jordan was a starting guard at Butler (1998-2001), helping the Bulldogs win three conference tournament titles and two Midwestern Collegiate Conference regular-season championships. He participated in four consecutive postseason tournaments -- NCAA (1998, 2000, '01) 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.
Jordan was a two-time All-Midwestern Collegiate Conference performer and was the league's tournament MVP in 2001. He tallied 91 victories in four years, which at the time made him the winningest player in Butler history.
Prior to playing at Butler, Jordan prepped at Albion High School under Charles Henderson. Jordan led the Wildcats to a MHSAA Class B State semifinals appearance in 1996 and a runner-up finish in 1997.
Jordan earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from Butler in 2001 and went on to play professional basketball in Europe. He was the first Butler player to participate in the National Basketball Developmental League, playing for the Huntsville Flight.
Jordan and his wife, Destinee, have three daughters, Ava, Alanna and Adalynn.