The Judson University Athletic Department recently announced that Oak Lawn native Jack Jordan will be the program’s 15th head softball coach.
“I am very excited that we can have such a seamless transition for our head coach position,” said Chad Gassman, Judson University’s director of athletics. “Jack Jordan is an experienced collegiate coach who can continue the long-running success of our softball program.”
Jordan has experience as a head softball coach in both college and high school. He started the Virginia Wesleyan University program in 1984. He led VWU to a 170-58 overall record, four NCAA Division-III top 20 rankings, two USA South Conference tournament titles, four regular-season USA South Conference Championships, and two NCAA Division-III tournament berths.
He also was on staff at Charleston Southern University from 1991-1994, where his Buccaneers went 85-68 in four seasons, including a 30-17 record in his final season. Jordan has also coached at Emory and Henry College in Emory, Virginia, and at Socastee High School, Lake City High School, Loris High School, and James Island Charter High School in South Carolina.
“This is a critical time in the recruiting process and to have a coach of Jack Jordan’s experience is a real blessing. He’s a coaching veteran of several sports and brings a strong skill set to the athletic department,” said Chad Gassman, Judson University’s director of athletics.
The Oak Lawn, Illinois native will be in his 17th year of coaching collegiate sports and his 40th year of coaching overall. Besides baseball and softball, he has coached Men’s & Women’s Basketball, Football, Track & Field, and Golf.
Jordan started his playing career at St. Xavier University, in Chicago, before transferring to Trinity International University where he played basketball and baseball. He graduated from the Deerfield campus with a degree in Physical Education before earning his master’s in sports management from the United States Sports Academy.
“It is very exciting to take over a program that has been highly competitive and has enjoyed recent success,” said Jordan. “I plan on building on the foundation that is already in place and leading the Eagles to even greater accomplishments. I am thrilled to be able to work for a Christ-centered institution and would like to thank President Crume as well as Gassman for this opportunity. I have been warmly welcomed by those I have met on campus and am anxious to call Judson home.”
Jordan is walking into a good situation for a coach. The Judson Eagles are coming off their fifth consecutive NCCAA National Championship appearance with a 29-18 record under the direction of Sammy Marshall, who is also a professional softball player. Marshall plans to continue her professional softball career as a player. This past winter, she was traded from the Chicago Bandits to the Cleveland Comets. She resigned as coach in order to concentrate on her playing career and other opportunities.