Butler University has fired head men’s basketball coach LaVall Jordan after five seasons.
Barry Collier, director of athletics for Butler, announced the move Friday.
“After a thorough evaluation, I have come to the decision that a change in the leadership of our men’s basketball program is needed,” Collier said in a written statement. “These decisions are never easy, but are incredibly more difficult when it impacts a high-character Bulldog who has represented our university so well for many years. I want to thank LaVall for his dedication to our program, and we wish him and his family all the best moving forward.”’
The firing follows back-to-back sub-.500 seasons for the Bulldogs, who have failed to reach the postseason since 2019 (though they were likely a lock for the canceled 2020 NCAA Tournament). Butler was 14-19 this season after a 10-15 campaign in 2020-2021.
During his tenure, Butler went 83-74 overall, compiling a 40-54 record in the Big East Conference. The team reached postseason play two times in his tenure: the 2018 NCAA Tournament and the 2019 National Invitation Tournament.
Jordan, 42, was a guard for Butler from 1997 to 2001, and Collier was his coach his first three years. Jordan was a starter his last two seasons, earning all-conference honors. He played professional basketball in Europe for one year after graduating.
He also was an assistant on the team’s staff from 2003-2007 and had stints at the universities of Iowa and Michigan before taking on the role of head coach at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2016. He was hired as Butler’s 24th head coach in June 2017.
Jordan was unable to return the Bulldogs to the unprecedented heights achieved under Brad Stevens, who led the team to surprise appearances in the 2010 and 2011 national championship games when the school was in the Horizon League.
Butler had just one winning record in Big East play under Jordan. The Bulldogs lost six of their last seven games. Seven of their Big East regular-season losses this season were by 15 points or more, including a 40-point road defeat to a Villanova team reached this weekend’s Final Four.
Jordan is only the second Butler men’s basketball coach to get fired in nearly a century. The other was Joe Sexson, who was let go in 1989.