New Mexico State head coach Mike Jordan enters his second season at the helm of the Roadrunner volleyball program.
Atlhought the Roadrunners finished with a 7-22 record in Coach Jordan's inaugural campaign, the year provided a solid base for the future, considering the circumstances.
In 1998, Jordan took control of a team that was without a senior and had nine newcomers. Facing one of the most ambitious schedules in the history of State's volleyball program, including nine games against eventual-NCAA tournament squads, Jordan molded the Roadrunners into a highly competitive unit.
Jordan who arrived in Las Cruces after spending a pair of seasons as an assistant coach at Big West member Utah State. He possesses a multitude of experience at all levels that will help him rebuild the Roadrunner program and mold it into a Big West Conference championship contender. During his team as a coach, Jordan has developed a philosophy that he feels will help him accomplish his and the team's goals.
"My strengths are teaching skills and technique," Jordan said. "We give each player one skill to concentrate on improving. Once they have built their confidence with that skill, they can then start improving on others. We want to have the players looking forward to returning to the court everyday. We also want to get better as a team each day."
"I like to use a style of play that is very different from what a so-called textbook style might be," Jordan said. "We have combined a variety of techniques and strategies and have refined them to creat an innovative style of play."
As an assistant volleyball coach at Utah State in 1996 and 1997, Jordan helped to greatly improve a program that, when he arrived in 1996, he finished the previous season with an 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 his two seasons at USU, the Aggies won more games (25) than the prior six years combined.
Jordan spent the 1995 season as an assistant coach at Cameron University 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 section titles. At Ursuline, he produced 27 all-conference selections, five league most valuable players, three all-state honorees and one All-American.
Jordan has also organized a variety of volleyball camps during his coaching tenure including the Michael Jordan Volleyball Camp and Mike Jordan Setter's Camp.
Jordan is 29 years old and single. He resides in Las Cruces.