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After helping to build up the Giants’ junior high basketball program in recent years and leading the eighth-grade boys to an undefeated record last season, Lawrence Jordan is taking the reins of the Marion High School girls basketball team.

At a specially scheduled meeting on Monday, May 15, the Marion Community School Board approved the hiring of Jordan as the Giants’ next head girls basketball coach.

Lawrence has been helping to lead the Giants’ junior high basketball programs in recent years, and has coached many of the current Giants players.

“I know our players are going to be excited to play for Coach Jordan; in the interview process, he had me wanting to play!” MHS Principal Keith Burke said.

Marion Athletic Director Mike Quinn said he anticipates great things with Jordan at the helm.

“We’re excited that he’s joining our team here at MHS,” Marion Athletic Director Mike Quinn said. “He reminds me of the Energizer Bunny. I think his energy — and his expectations — will inspire the girls.”

Jordan said he was looking forward to building the program on a foundation of structure, accountability, and discipline.

“It’s an exciting time. It’s a hotbed of talent. We have good support,” he said. “If we work hard, we can achieve our goals.”

He said part of his job will be to help players set their goals high, and then do what he can to help them reach their goals.

“I want the girls to know that I have their best interest at heart, I’m going to work hard for them, and if they put forth the effort too, we’re going to have a lot of success,” Jordan said.

He will also continue to help build the basketball program throughout the school system, and will work with area organizations to offer more opportunities for younger students to learn the fundamentals of the sport. He aims to provide a camp for fifth-graders at Justice Intermediate School in June, and will be providing more details on that soon.

Monique Mays, McCulloch Junior High school athletic director, has worked with Jordan as he built up the junior high basketball program, and expressed confidence in him as he moves into this new role at Marion High School.

“Lawrence is an invaluable member of any team, demonstrating his passion for what he does and the gift of bridging relationships with his students, athletes, and parents,” Mays said. “He constantly strives to achieve and then surpass any goals set, and works as a morale booster for the rest of the team if things aren’t going as well as planned. He will be a great asset to the Marion High School coaching staff.”

Jordan is an inductee into both the IPFW Athletics Hall of Fame and the Delaware County Athletic Hall of Fame. He was a four-year letter winner and starter for the IPFW men’s basketball team, and holds the program records for assists and career steals, as well of the Great Lakes Valley Conference record for assists in a season. He was a Top 20 All-American and was First Team All-Conference. Prior to his time as a Mastadon, he was a standout for the Muncie Southside High School Rebels, where he was a three-year starter for the varsity team.

He graduated from IPFW with a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership.

Before coming to Marion Community Schools, Jordan’s prior experience included assistant and head basketball coaching at a variety of levels, from AAU to college, including three years as the head girls basketball coach at Paul Harding High School in Fort Wayne. Additionally, he has served a variety of staff and student support roles at schools in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne.

The Giants, who were North Central Conference champions in 2016, will return the nucleus of the team in the upcoming season, including All-NCC 1st Team honoree Ra’Shaya Kyle and 2nd Team honoree Jazmyn Turner. Kyle, who will be a sophomore in 2017-18, also earned an honorable mention in the underclass division of the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association’s Indiana All-State team.

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