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Butler hires LaVall Jordan as men's head basketball coach after one year at UWM

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Posted at 9:25 PM, Jun 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-14 22:25:42-04

Butler University has hired UW-Milwaukee's head coach LaVall Jordan to the same position with the Bulldogs.

Jordan played at Butler from 1998-2001, and was an assistant at the school from 2004-07.

Jordan, 38, coached UWM for one season. The Panthers finished just 11-24 this season, but they did make a magical run to the Horizon League championship game before falling to Northern Kentucky.

Butler's previous head coach, Chris Holtmann, was hired to an eight-year deal at Ohio State.

The Bulldogs have an extensive history of successful head coaches. Thad Matta led the program for one season in 2000-01, before jumping to Xavier and then Ohio State, where he appeared in a Final Four.

Brad Stevens was at the helm when Butler made consecutive National Championship appearances. He has since jumped to the NBA for the Boston Celtics (Stevens and the Celtics were the top seed in the Eastern Conference this year).

Holtmann continued the legacy, and won at least 22 games and made the NCAA tournament in all three of his seasons in Indianapolis.

Milwaukee is now looking for its third head coach in 15 months.