Indianapolis – Butler’s LaVol Jordan has resigned as basketball coach.
The university announced on Friday amid speculation that Jordan would be knocked out 14-19, the biggest loss for the Bulldogs in 32 years. What had not happened at Butler since the 1980s was his third defeat of four.
“After a thorough evaluation, I came to the conclusion that we need a change of leadership in our men’s basketball program,” athletics director Barry Collier said in a news release. “These decisions have never been easy, but they are incredibly difficult when it comes to the Bulldogs, the top figures who have represented our university so well for so many years.
“I want to thank Lavol for his commitment to our program, and we look forward to continuing with him and his family.”
The new coach will be Butler’s fifth since 2013.
Since Tony Hinkle’s arrival in 1926, Butler has hired one coach, Joe Saxon, who is neither a former nor a Butler assistant. Sexson was fired 12 times in 1989. George Theophanes and Brandon Miller resigned in 1977 and 2014, respectively.
But it was not until Friday that Butler fired one shot in nearly a century.
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Athletics director Barry Collier says the crucial decision for a new coach is whether Butler will stay in the family or move out. Collier recruited and coached Jordan as a player and recruited him as the Bulldogs’ first black-headed basketball coach.
In an exchange portal era, the Bulldogs need to see if they retain a young core. Those players are second-year Chuck Harris, Myles Tate and Myles Wilmoth, newcomers Jayden Taylor, Simas Lukosius, DJ Hughes and Pierce Thomas, and 6-10 recruits Connor Turnbull.
Before leaving Jordan, Harris, the Bulldogs’ top scorer with an average of 11.4, posted on his Twitter account that he would be back.
Butler will be active in the exchange gate, especially when bringing in larger ones. 6-8 They did not even have the size before it was announced that Bryce Golden would be entering the transfer gate to take his extra time elsewhere.
Jordan’s first year, in 2018, at the age of 38, he became the second youngest coach out of the 68 who participated in the NCAA Tournament. In 2020, Butler climbed to No. 5, the highest ranking of the season ever, but missed out on the canceled NCAA Tournament.
The team has been plagued by injuries during two epidemics. The Bulldogs improved significantly towards the end of this season, but there were no wins to reflect that. They were 1-6 in their last seven games, 3-9 in February / March.
In the Big East, the Bulldogs defeated Xavier 89-82 in overtime and 65-61 against the leading Providence. Butler lost 7, 1 and 4 to Providence’s Sweet 16 0-3.
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Butler, with the smallest basketball budget in the Big East, has struggled to find the foundation of the reorganized conference. In Jordan’s five seasons, Butler finished eighth out of 11 teams in the 40-54 Big East Games.
Jordan were 3-4 (the only Butler coach to win a match) at the Big East, 1-3 at the Crossroads Classic and 5-31 against the Top 25.
The Bulldogs were 4-6 at home in the Big East this season, their worst record since 2-7 in their first year in 2014.
Jordan played at Butler from 1997-2001, leaving with 91 wins, and he became the winning Bulldog at the time. He was the MVP at the 2001 Midwestern Collegiate Conference and was part of the team that defeated Wake Forest for the Bulldogs’ first NCAA tournament victory in 39 years.
He became assistant coach at Butler, Iowa and Michigan. He finished 11-24 in his only season at Milwaukee, taking the Panthers to last place in the 2017 Horizon League Championship.
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