IOWA CITY, IA - - University of Iowa
basketball Coach Todd Lickliter has named LaVall Jordan and Chad Walthall as
assistant coaches on his basketball staff. The hiring of Jordan and
Walthall was announced Thursday and becomes effective
Jordan joins the Iowa staff from
Butler University, where he was an assistant under Lickliter. Walthall has
been the head basketball coach at Loras College the past seven years and
Director of Athletics for three years.
"I'm extremely excited to announce
LaVall and Chad as members of our coaching staff," said Lickliter. "These
are two individuals I have had the opportunity to work with previously. We
share the same values and they are guys I know and trust. They work very
hard to be successful and are both anxious to work for, and represent, the
University of Iowa and our basketball program.
"I had the opportunity to coach
LaVall during his playing career at Butler and was elated when he joined the
staff there following his playing career," added Lickliter. "Chad and I
worked together at Eastern Michigan. He was a great co-worker and he has
done an outstanding job in building a successful program at Loras
Jordan served three seasons
(2004-07) as a full-time assistant coach at Butler after spending the 2003-04
season as Butler's coordinator of basketball operations. Jordan helped the
Bulldogs post a 29-7 record in 2006-07. Butler shared the Horizon League
regular season title and advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament before
a loss to eventual national champion Florida. Butler won the NIT Season
Tip-Off Tournament with wins over Notre Dame, Indiana, Tennessee and
Butler led the nation in fewest
turnovers per game (9.5), ranked fifth in scoring defense (57.1), seventh in
free throw percentage (76%), 13th in won-loss percentage (.806), 17th in scoring
margin (10.5) and 20th in three-point field goals per game
Jordan helped the Bulldogs to a
remarkably successful run as a four-year letterman from 1997-2001. He
helped the Bulldogs win three conference tournament titles and two Horizon
League regular season championships while participating in four consecutive
He was a starting guard for the Bulldogs in 2000-01, when Butler won the conference regular season and tournament championships and defeated Wake Forest in the NCAA Tournament. He was named CBS "Player of the Game" in Butler's second-round contest after scoring 17 points against nationally-ranked Arizona. He was the first player in Butler basketball history to play in four NCAA Tournament games and he also played in three NIT games.
Jordan was Butler's Most Valuable
Player in 2000-01. He was a two-time all-conference performer and was
named MVP of the 2001 league championship. He contributed to 91 victories
in four years, a Butler record at the time. He completed his career in
sixth place on Butler's career list for three-point field goals (151) and
currently stands eighth on Butler's all-time list for three-pointers.
Jordan tallied 977 points, 365 rebounds and 179 assists during his four-year
After earning a bachelor's degree
journalism in 2001, Jordan played professional basketball in Europe. He
also became the first Butler player to participate in the National Basketball
Developmental League, playing for the Huntsville Flight. Jordan returned
to Butler in the fall of 2003 and took over administrative and operational
duties for the men's basketball program.
Jordan was born April 16, 1979 and
is a native of Albion, MI. He and his wife, Destinee, have a
three-year-old daughter, Ava, and are expecting their second child in
"My family and I are very excited,"
said Jordan. "Being a native of Michigan, I grew up watching Big Ten
basketball. It's a great opportunity to coach in the Big Ten Conference at
an institution such as the University of Iowa. I consider Coach Lickliter
one of the best coaches in college basketball and we look forward to doing great
Walthall was the
2006-07 Iowa Conference Coach of the Year at Loras. Loras won its first
Iowa Conference title since 1950-51, its sixth overall, with a 15-1 league
record. Walthall led Loras to its first IIAC tournament title and first-ever
NCAA Tournament berth. He also coached the IIAC Player of the Year (Kyle White)
as well as two other all-conference honorees. Walthall collected the 100th win
of his coaching career in a Dec. 30 win over Hanover College. He compiled
a 116-69 record at Loras and is the third winningest coach in school
history. In addition to basketball duties, Walthall was named Director of
Athletics at Loras in 2004.
The 15 conference
wins were Loras' most since re-joining the IIAC in 1986, and the 21 wins are the
school's most since joining Division III that same year. The Duhawks held
conference opponents under their season scoring average in all 16 league games
and led the conference in scoring defense (61.1), scoring margin (+9.2), field
goal percentage defense (40.6 percent) and rebounding margin
In Walthall's first
season of rebuilding the program (2000-01), Loras dramatically improved with
a fourth place finish. Since that time Walthall has progressively
built Loras into a perennial league contender and one of the top NCAA Div. III
West Region teams.
Walthall led Loras to winning seasons in the tough Iowa Conference in each of his seven seasons. Over the past three seasons, Loras has won 77% of its league games, and 70% of all games, including 11-game winning streaks in 2005-06 and 2006-07.
Loras posted a 22-3
home record over the past two seasons, winning the conference regular season and
tournament titles on its home floor in 2006-07. In addition to leading the
Duhawks to success on the court, Walthall focused on helping his players make a
difference off the court. Walthall implemented several community outreach
programs in the Dubuque area over the past seven years.
Walthall took over
the Loras program after serving as an assistant coach, along with Lickliter, at
Eastern Michigan (1998-00). He was a graduate assistant coach at Saint
Cloud State University for two years (1991-93), head high school boys coach at
Redwood Valley HS in Redwood Valley, MN for one season (1993-94) and an
assistant coach at Saint Olaf College for four years
Concordia, MN College, earning a bachelor's degree in physical education in
1991. He earned his master's degree in athletics administration (1993)
from Saint Cloud State.
As a collegian,
Walthall led Concordia College to the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic
Conference (MIAC) football championship in 1990 as the starting quarterback, as
well as earning all-conference honors in that sport as a junior and
senior. He was a student assistant coach for the men's basketball team at
Concordia for two years.
Walthall was born
Sept. 13, 1968 and is a native of Staples, MN. He and his wife, Jen, have
four children, a daughter Brooke (six), twin sons Brady and Blake (four), and
son Beau, who is less than one year old.
"I was at a unique place in Loras
College, a place that I gained a great affection for," said Walthall. "I
consider the chance to work with Coach Lickliter a special opportunity. To
be able to join him at a program such as Iowa, is a once in a lifetime
opportunity. I'm anxious to get started and excited to be part of the
The hiring of Jordan and Walthall leaves one assistant coaching position to be filled. Lickliter did not name a time frame for completing his staff.