After 15 years, over 300 wins, five coach of the year awards and a .689 winning percentage at NM State, Mike Jordan returns for his 16th season as the Aggie head volleyball coach. NM State’s all-time winningest volleyball coach (330-149) heads into the 2013 season with a squad that won the 2012 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Tournament Championship and earned the school’s sixth trip to the NCAA Tournament, all under Jordan.
Jordan led the Aggies to a 22-11 overall record in 2012 while finishing with a 12-6 record in WAC play. The 22 overall wins marked the 10th time in 11 years that Jordan and the Aggies have finished with at least 20 wins. 2012 was also the 12th straight season that Jordan has led NM State to double-digit conference wins.
After entering the 2012 conference tournament as the No. 4 seed, Jordan led his team to the school’s first WAC Tournament championship. The Aggies defeated No. 1 seed Utah State in the semifinals and No. 2 seed Idaho in the championship match en route to becoming the lowest seed to ever win the WAC Tournament. The tournament championship ensured Jordan and NM State its sixth bid into the NCAA Tournament. The Aggies would go on to lose in the first round of the tournament to the 12th-ranked team in the country, the BYU Cougars.
It was the fourth NCAA bid for NM State in the eight years they have been part of the WAC (2006, 2007, 2008, 2012). Jordan’s only win during the NCAA Tournament came in 2008 when the Aggies defeated St. Mary’s College, 3-1, in Berkley, Calif. 2008 also saw Jordan win his third WAC Coach of the Year award (2005, 2006, 2008). The first two NCAA appearances for Jordan and NM State were as a member of the Sun Belt Conference during the 2003 and 2004 seasons. Those two seasons also saw Jordan rewarded with the Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year award.
Three of Jordan’s players earned All-WAC honors in 2012. Junior middle hitter Desiree Scott and sophomore outside hitter Meredith Hays were named to the first-team All-WAC team while junior outside hitter Lauren Loerch received second team honors. It was the 13th consecutive year that Jordan coached at least one first-team all-conference player. Meanwhile, Jordan has had at least one player make second-team all-conference in 14 of his 15 years at NM State. In all, Jordan has coached 20 players to 36 first-team all-conference selections and 17 players to 18 second-team all-conference selections as head of the Aggie program. Hays also earned a spot on the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-West Region team as an honorable mention in 2012. It was the 10th consecutive year that a NM State player under Jordan has received an AVCA all-region honor.
In 2011, Jordan led his team to a 23-10 record, while he guided setter Jennah DeVries to her third AVCA All-American (honorable mention) honor. Jordan coached an impressive five players to All-WAC honors. DeVries, Hays and Kelsey Brennan earned first-team All-WAC honors while Michelle Kuester and Kelsi Phillips were named to the All-WAC second team. Hays also finished her first year at NM State as the WAC Freshman of the Year.
Jordan led his 2010 team to an 18-13 record. That season outside hitter Kayleigh Giddens, a first-team All-WAC selection, broke the single-season kills record with 542 and also broke the career-kills per set record under Jordan’s direction. Giddens averaged 4.42 kills per set, while former outside hitter Lindsey Yon, who also played under Jordan, averaged 3.84 per set. Four players earned All-WAC honors in 2010.
The 2009 season was the eighth consecutive season where NM State tallied 20 or more wins, after the Aggies posted an overall record of 26-9 and a 15-1 WAC record in 2008 winning their first ever regular-season WAC Championship.
Jordan once again helped his team to multiple honors in 2009, including DeVries earning AVCA All-American honors. She was the sixth player in program history to be named an All-American. Jordan has coached all six All-Americans. DeVries, along with Giddens, Kelsey Brennan and Whitney Woods, earned first-team All-WAC honors while Erin Birmingham was named to the second team. Brennan, DeVries, Giddens and Woods also earned WAC All-Tournament team honors.
The program has become so successful under Jordan that it was ranked in the top-20 in attendance and averaged 1,818 fans per match in 2009 after ranking 20th in the nation the year before with 1,634 fans. The highest attended match at the Pan American Center in 2009 came on Oct. 3, when No. 4 Hawai’i and the Aggies played in front of 4,289 fans. The Aggies were still in the top 25 for attendance after the 2011 season. While New Mexico State volleyball has become more of a tradition in Las Cruces, attendance figures have skyrocketed.
After a successful 2008 season, libero Krystal Torres earned AVCA All-American honors, while Lindsey Yon, Amber Simpson and Krista Altermatt joined her earning first team All-WAC honors. Other honors from the 2008 season include Yon, Simpson and Torres as WAC All-Tournament selections and AVCA All-Region honorees.
Simpson and Torres, who played their entire careers under Jordan, both set school records when the 2008 season was finished. Simpson broke the record for total blocks in a career and finished with 574, while Torres became the career digs leader finishing with 1,942 in four years.
Jordan led NM State to its second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and had six Aggies named to All-WAC teams, while going 26-6 on the year in 2007. NM State reached a No. 13 ranking in the AVCA Top 25 poll, which is the highest ranking of any Aggie team. Jordan reached the 200-win mark with a victory over Houston, Sept. 2, 2007, which makes him the only NM State volleyball coach with at least 200 wins.
In 2006, one of the most successful seasons in school history, the Aggies were 33-4, which was a school record for wins in a season. NM State finished No. 23 in the AVCA Top 25 poll and earned its first at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament.
Jordan continued to gain respect for Aggie volleyball as one of the premier programs in the country. For the first time in school history, a pair of Aggies earned AVCA All-America honors. Middle hitters Kim Oguh and Amber Simpson were both named to the honorable mention list in 2006.
He guided the Aggies to their first ever win over No. 11 Hawai’i that snapped the Rainbow Wahine’s 114-confernece match win streak, Oct. 13, 2006. NM State finished second in the WAC after a 14-2 record along with its first appearance in the WAC Tournament Championship Match. The Aggies earned four first team All-WAC selections, while Jordan collected his second consecutive WAC Coach of the Year award.
In 2006, NM State was 17-0 at home and ranked No. 15 in the nation in home attendance despite playing all but two matches at Las Cruces High School while the Pan American Center underwent renovations. The Aggies returned to the Pan American Center in 2007 and averaged 1,785 fans, which ranked 16th in the country for attendance. Only eight years ago in 2004, NM State finished No. 29 nationally in average attendance before jumping 18 spots to No. 8 in 2005.
The Aggies shattered the Pan Am attendance record in 2005 against No. 11 Hawai’i, Oct. 1, when an astonishing 7,115 fans attended the match, which was the No. 19 largest crowd in the nation to witness a volleyball match that season. In 2007, Aggie fans marked six of the top 20 attendance records including the No. 2 mark of 4,361 fans Sept. 22, against No. 11 Hawai’i.
For the second time in Jordan’s tenure, the program was faced with the challenge of entering a new conference in 2005 as NM State was introduced as one of three new members to the WAC. In 2005, the Aggies finished 20-7 and were picked to finish fourth in the preseason polls, but the team surpassed expectations as it finished the regular season tied for second with an 11-5 conference record and garnered eight all-conference honors, including Jordan’s third straight coach of the year award.
During the 2004 season, Jordan earned his 116th career victory at New Mexico State and surpassed former Aggie headman Tom Shoji (1981-86) as the program’s all-time winningest coach.
In 2004, Jordan looked to build on the team’s first conference title and trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2003 as he took an Aggie team, which lost seven seniors from a record-breaking 2003 club, through the 2004 schedule with just one senior and 11 freshmen. NM State finished the 2004 campaign with its second straight Sun Belt tournament crown and a return trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Aggies won 30 matches in a season (30-3) for the second time in school history and completed their second consecutive undefeated conference season (15-0). NM State’s .909 winning percentage ranked fourth among all Division I programs and set a school record, surpassing the mark of .882, which was set in 2003.
For his accomplishments, Jordan was named the Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season while guiding the Aggies to a multitude of both team and individual honors.
Outside hitter Stevi Adams, who became the school’s all-time kills leader, also became just the second Aggie to earn AVCA All-America honors, when she was named an honorable mention pick. Jordan also helped Jackie Choi earn Sun Belt Conference Newcomer of the Year honors, while three Aggies collected first team All-Sun Belt honors, one was named second team All-Sun Belt and three made the All-Tournament team.
Along with its second straight Sun Belt regular season and tournament titles, NM State also won the 2004 Hilton Las Cruces Classic and the 2004 Idaho State Classic. Twenty of the Aggies’ 30 wins in 2004 came via a three-game sweep and only once did the Aggies get pushed to five games.
In 2003, Jordan and the Aggies demolished the record books. Jordan led the Aggies to their first-ever Sun Belt Conference Championship, their first-ever NCAA appearance, their first ever 30-win season and their first perfect conference season (15-0). He also coached the Aggies’ first AVCA All-America selection Trinia Cuseo (honorable mention).
While earning Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year honors, Jordan helped his squad to a multitude of honors, including three first team all-conference honors, a second team all-conference and defensive player of the year honors and four academic honors.
Prior to the 2003 season, Jordan was selected to coach an elite volleyball team called Team Volleyhut.com at the 10th Annual Sibillini Volleyball Tournament in the Marche Region of Italy. Team Volleyhut.com took second place at the international tournament.
In 2002, the New Mexico State volleyball team had another successful season, posting a 26-7 overall record going 13-2 in the Sun Belt Conference and was the west division champions for the second consecutive year. The Aggies ended the year ranked No. 8 in the South Region Poll. The team posted its best record in over 13 seasons. NM State concluded the season with the best hitting percentage in the conference (.251), the best opponent hitting percentage (.153), and the Aggies averaged the most digs per game (15.4).
During the 2002 season, Jordan passed former Aggie volleyball coaches Myles Gabel (1987-89) and Gail Parkin (1977-80) to become the second winningest coach at New Mexico State.
Jordan was responsible for coaching the 2002 Sun Belt Conference Newcomer of the Year, Cuseo. Jordan also had two players named to the Sun Belt Conference All-Tournament Team, two first team and one second team all-conference selections.
In the 2001 season the Aggies went 19-11, which was the best record in over 12 seasons. They also won the Sun Belt Conference Western Division title, another first for the Aggie volleyball program. NM State concluded the season with the second best hitting percentage (.229) in the conference and was third in total blocks per game (2.54). Jordan was responsible for coaching the 2001 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year, Kristin Webster, and two second team All-Sun Belt Conference selections.
Jordan arrived in Las Cruces after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Utah State. With the Navy-clad Aggies in 1996-97, Jordan helped to improve a program that, when he arrived in 1996, had finished the previous season with a 0-30 record. Utah State ended the 1997 season with an 18-15 mark and received an invitation to the Big West Tournament for the first time in school history. In two seasons, USU won more games (25) than the prior six years combined (22).
Jordan spent the 1995 season as an assistant coach at Cameron in Lawton, Okla., where he helped the team improve from 8-20 to 17-15 while breaking 11 school records in the process. He also served as a coach at the 1995 U.S. Olympic Festival West Region tryouts and as a court coach at the 1994 and 1995 U.S. Junior National Team tryouts.
Jordan was the head women’s volleyball coach at Ursuline High School in Santa Rosa, Calif., from 1990-94 where he led the team to a 125-34 record, four conference championships and three sectional titles. At Ursuline, he produced 27 all-conference selections, five league most valuable players, three all-state honorees and one All-American.
From 1990-95, Jordan served as the co-head coach of the Empire Volleyball Club in Santa Rosa, Calif. He led the team to a top 10 regional finish each year while helping 75 percent of Empire graduates to collegiate playing careers.
Jordan has also organized a variety of volleyball camps during his coaching tenure, including the Mike Jordan Volleyball Camp and Mike Jordan Setters Camp.
Jordan resides in Las Cruces with his wife, Yvonne, their son, Luke and dog, Ryno.