LaVall Jordan Named Butler Head Coach After 1 Year at Milwaukee

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJune 12, 2017

Milwaukee head coach LaVall Jordan watches against the Northern Kentucky in the second half of the Horizon League NCAA college basketball tournament championship game in Detroit, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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Butler announced LaVall Jordan as its next head coach of its basketball team on Monday.

Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com first reported the news and added the deal will be for six years.

Jordan, who has been a head coach for only one year at Milwaukee, would be replacing Chris Holtmann after the former Bulldogs coach accepted the same position at Ohio State.

The 38-year-old led the Panthers to an 11-24 record in his lone season as a head coach. Prior to that, he was an assistant with Michigan and Iowa as well as Butler from 2003-07 under Todd Lickliter.

Jordan Cornette of CBS Sports is a big fan of the team's decision:

Although there was a gap between his time with the Bulldogs to now, Jordan will follow in the tradition of head coaches starting as assistants within the program. As David Woods of the Indy Star noted, Thad Matta, Lickliter, Brad Stevens, Brandon Miller and Holtmann were all promoted from within.

Unfortunately, these coaches continue to leave, causing Jordan to be the fourth head coach in a span of six seasons.

With a handful of quality players returning from a Sweet 16 squad, however, Butler has a chance to be a top team in 2017-18 no matter who is on the sidelines.

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