LaVall Jordan to remain at Michigan after Butler hires Brandon Miller

Dylan Burkhardt

Michigan assistant coach LaVall Jordan will remain in Ann Arbor as Butler chose Brandon Miller to replace Brad Stevens. Jordan reportedly interviewed for the job after Stevens accepted a job as the head coach of the Boston Celtics.

Current Butler assistant Brandon Miller will be the next head coach of the Bulldogs, the school announced Saturday afternoon.

Not surprisingly, Butler stayed within its family to find Stevens’ replacement, and, like its past four coaches, it chose an assistant to take the reins of the program. This will also be Miller’s first head coaching job.

Miller, 34, has lots of ties to Butler. He graduated from the school in 2003 after winning three league championships, reaching the Sweet 16 and scoring more than 1,100 points.

The news is welcome to Michigan fans as Jordan has been a key asset for the Wolverines, helping coach Darius Morris, Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. to the NBA and serving as a lead recruiter for Trevon Bluiett (who is also strongly considering Butler), Jalen Brunson and Jalen Coleman among others.

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  • gobluemd16

    Kind of feel bad for him, this was a great opportunity, but great for Michigan and we are glad to have him back! His time, and Bacari’s, will come soon enough!

  • gobluemd16

    Also, with the Josh Smith signing, the Pistons would have been an even better landing spot for Trey at the early stages in his career.. Not many weapons surrounding him in Utah this season, but I do trust that front office FAR more than Dumars and company in Detroit moving forward.

  • UMHoopsFan

    I never believed that LaVall was the front runner. Always thought it was way more likely that they went with a current assistant.

  • Wayman Britt

    LaVall you will have plenty of other opportunities in the future to be a head coach.

    In the mean time let’s get the Wolverines ready for next season and keep working to get Trevon to choose the maize and blue.

  • Mixed feelings on this one… Definitely think LaVall deserved the gig but glad to see him stay in Ann Arbor. For all of the talk about Miller as a “current assistant”… he took the job three months ago. Think LaVall would have thrived there but Butler’s mistake is Michigan’s gain.

  • umhoopsfan1234

    I thought I would be happy he is staying at Michigan, but I think he has done so much for us that he deserves a head coaching gig. I guess he’ll have to stay on as an assistant for a nationally competitive team…

  • jakelam2116

    Agree with everything said here. I thought he definitely deserved the opportunity, but, man, is it a relief to have him back. Dylan — do you think he’ll be the main assistant working with Walton?