Jordan departs Colgate; Joins Drexel Basketball Staff

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Drexel Head Men’s Basketball Coach Zach Spiker has announced the addition of Mike Jordan to his staff. Jordan returns to his hometown as an assistant coach after serving in that capacity for the last eight seasons at Colgate University.

Jordan will work with all aspects of the program, including recruiting, scouting, player development and game preparation.

“From the second we began this search, M.J. was the person I was focused on,” Spiker said. “It is great to get him and his family back to Philadelphia. He comes to Drexel with professional experiences that all our players are aspiring to have. As a coach, he has helped build and sustain a championship program at Colgate through recruiting, player development and coaching. Mike will be a great addition to our staff on many levels. We are excited he is a Dragon!”

Jordan arrived at Colgate prior to the 2012-13 season. He played an integral part in rebuilding the Raiders’ program under Matt Langel. Colgate won more than 20 games in each of the last two seasons, the first two 20-win seasons in school history. Last year, Colgate set a program record for wins (25), Patriot League wins (14) and won the regular season title outright for the first time. Colgate finished first or second in the Patriot League standings in four of the last six years, including back-to-back first place finishes in 2018-19 and 2019-20. The Raiders had a combined record of 68-34 over the last three years, the best stretch in Colgate basketball history.

In 2018-19, Colgate finished 24-11 overall and 13-5 in the Patriot League. The Raiders won their first Patriot League Tournament title and made their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1996. Colgate faced No. 2 seed Tennessee and took the Volunteers to the final minute before falling, 77-70.

In his eight seasons at Colgate, Jordan assisted in the development of nine student-athletes that played professionally after graduation. He worked with 17 All-League honorees, a Patriot League Player of the Year, two Defensive Players of the Year and two Patriot League Rookies of the Year.

Before arriving at Colgate, Jordan played professionally for more than a decade. In 2000, before Jordan went to play in Europe, he was a member of the Philadelphia 76ers Summer League team and was also a member of the Boston Celtics preseason team. While in Europe, Jordan played in nine different countries, including France, Germany, Israel, Italy and Spain.

Prior to his professional career, Jordan was a three-time first team All-Ivy League selection for the University of Pennsylvania. The Quakers won the Ivy League title in both 1999 and 2000. Jordan was named the Ivy League Player of the Year in 2000 after averaging 16 points and 4.9 assists per game. As a freshman, Jordan was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year. He finished his career with 1,604 career points, which ranks sixth all-time at Penn. Jordan is also third all-time with 461 career assists and is ninth in career 3-pointers with 173. He was named to the Big 5 Hall of Fame in 2014.

Jordan, who played his high school basketball at Abington Friends, graduated from Penn in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a concentration in deviance & law.

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