LaVall Jordan hired as Milwaukee Panthers head coach

Dylan Burkhardt
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Per a report by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, Michigan assistant coach LaVall Jordan has been tabbed as the new head coach of the Milwaukee Panthers.

Jordan had been an assistant on Michigan’s coaching staff since 2010. He previously had assistant coaching gigs at Butler (2003-07) and Iowa (2007-10) before joining the staff in Ann Arbor. An Albion, Michigan native, Jordan played his college basketball at Butler.

He was responsible for coaching the guards at Michigan and helped develop numerous pros in the backcourt including Darius Morris, Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke, Nik Stauskas and Caris LeVert. Jordan was credited for much of Michigan’s shift to the pick-and-roll offense and was also a primary recruiter in the Indiana, Illinois and Milwaukee areas.

Jordan’s departure will be the first change in Michigan’s assistant coaching staff since the Wolverines replaced all three assistants before the 2010-11 season.

Oakland assistant coach Saddi Washington was considered a finalist for Michigan’s assistant coaching vacancies in 2010 and could be a candidate once again. Other current coaches with Michigan ties include Patrick Beilein (head coach at Le Moyne), CJ Lee (assistant coach at Marist) and Chris Hunter (Michigan’s Director of Player Personnel) among others.

  • Chillax

    My lil heart can’t take all this. It feels like everything is falling apart. I’m hoping his departure isn’t going to impact current guard recruits. That would be the death nail

    • Mattski

      Here six years, as has been noted, proved himself a great coach, all the reason in the world he should be moving on. Not everything is a stick to beat Beilein with. It’s who replaces him now that becomes critical.

      • Chillax

        not arguing he shouldn’t be leaving. Just the timing of it all. It all just seems to be piling up. I have a feeling we will be seeing him again back on the Wolverines in the future

        • Mattski

          Could be great!

      • Champswest

        Not everything is a stick, exactly.
        People here constantly critized the players and coaches until they leave, and now they worry that they are leaving. They say the team is slow and not athletic and need another wing player, but they want to bring back Spike. It was the same with Bielfeldt and it will be the same with Donnal if he leaves next year. I am glad for Beilein that he has a thick skin.

        Best wishes to LaVall.

        • Chillax

          I don’t think anyone is hating on Beilein (there are ups and downs in most programs), I think that was inferred. it almost feels like a family is moving on. It’s good but it’s still kind of sad, I did not want Ricky to be our main guy by any means but it is a bummer to see him leave the school. Even spike I wish could stay. I don’t want to see him go out on another team especially with what he’s done for the school. I guess what I’m saying is it’s mixed emotions. You wish everyone the best on their future success but at the same time I wish the team could have stuck together.

          • Mattski

            I feel you on this.

  • MEL

    Congrats to Lavell. He deserves this chance.

  • ChathaM

    Great news for Jordan, and I won’t be surprised if Bacari departs as well. At the same time, I’m really hoping that the next headline involves an addition, and not another subtraction.

  • gobluemd16

    Congratulations to Lavall. Pretty good first job and was definitely ready for the opportunity. He is the assistant I thought was most valuable, so definitely hurts. However, I think that depending on his success, we could see him back in Ann Arbor in the future.

    • mikey_mac

      Yep, a necessary stepping stone in the career path. Great opp for LaVall. Wishing him well, both for his sake, and potentially for UM’s in the future.

  • A2JD

    Is that a University?

    • rlcBlue

      Used to be called “University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.” Part of the Horizon League. Bruce Pearl coached there before going to Tennessee.

      • A2JD

        Yeah, Milwaukee Panthers made me wonder if it was a D-League team or something. I Googled it after asking but you added in some extra info about their history. Thanks!

      • gobluemd16

        Bo Ryan, too.

  • malcolm bolt

    Congrats to LaVall! I am interested to see the types of athletes he will recruit down the line. I am also interested to see if he will have a conservative or liberal play-book and if he deviates from the Beilein methodology.

    • Slim33

      Agreed, I’m curious to see the similarities and differences of the kind of program he runs compared to Beilein.

      • malcolm bolt

        It will be an interesting observation. I wonder if LaVall has some different and refreshing ideas to the game, to recruiting, and maybe to running a program that may have been stifled under Beilein. I am not a Beilein hater but lately the program has felt dated the last two years, regardless of key injuries.

  • Mattski

    Wonder how much pressure there is to make a quick hire? How big is the window?

    • rlcBlue

      This would be a good subject for an article; it’s presumably very strongly linked to the NCAA regulations on contact with recruits and scholarship players. I’m guessing that the assistant hiring season usually starts soon after the head coach vacancies are filled, if not slightly before. It would seem absolutely critical that the assistant spots be filled before summer recruiting season starts. Since teams are prohibited from holding official practices before October, it’s not clear what the assistants can and can’t do with current players during the summer and early fall, especially in a year with no team trip.

      Of course Beilein would like to have his assistants in place ASAP because he can work them 24/7, but he may want to do the job search carefully. I honestly have no memory of how the hiring of Jordan, Alexander, and Meyer went.

      • Champswest

        In his presser yesterday, he mentioned that he likes to talk to assistant coaches.
        I would assume that he always has a list of assistant coaches candidates that he would to consider when there is an opening.

  • gobluemd16
  • bobohle

    I hope JB brings in a defensive strong assistant now. We will see now if Coach Bacari leaves for UD.

  • NorthernBlue

    As many of you are, I am very intrigued to see what style of play Lavall puts out there. Personally, I love Beileins offense, EXCEPT for his shift to the finesse big again. I want bigs more in the Jordan Morgan mold that set good screens, finish around the hoop and cover a lot of ground on defense.

    • Mattski

      I don’t think that when Beilein recruited Doyle he thought of his as a finesse big. Guy just didn’t work out as well as hoped.

      • mikey_mac

        Davis will be in the same mold, I think.

  • A2MIKE

    Dylan – Any chance Michigan could snag Juwan Howard?

    • A2MIKE

      And one other name that has me intrigued, Win Case from Middle Tennessee State. His resume is impressive, but you could only hire him if you pulled in someone that could recruit Michigan, specifically Detroit.

    • bobohle

      I would like to see Juwan Howard on staff also.

  • bobohle

    Does anyone know if Jermaine Jackson Sr. is related to Josh Jackson?