“It’s been enjoyable working with the kids through the years. I’ll leave the door open as far as other places are concerned because we have family all around the country. I’m not necessarily married to Southern California.”
The 49-year-old Jordan will reportedly continue to teach world history at St. Francis, in addition to serving as one of the school’s assistant deans under Principal Tom Moran.
Jordan was originally the school’s freshman coach for a year before being promoted to an assistant under varsity Coach Drew Sorenson. Jordan worked under Sorenson for three seasons before replacing Sorenson.
During the past 21 years as varsity coach, Jordan saw the Golden Knights compete in the powerful Del Rey and Mission leagues. Some St. Francis teams achieved success, while others struggled. The Golden Knights last participated in the postseason in 2005, when they were handed a 65-64 loss to host Nordhoff in a CIF Southern Section Division III-A first-round contest.
Since the start of the 2004-05 season, the Golden Knights are 40-61 and 10-42 in the Mission League.
“We had some great wins at St. Francis through the years,” said Jordan, whose son, Tom, will be a junior guard on the varsity program. “When you have stayed in it this long, it’s not always about the wins and losses.
“It’s about building relationships with the players, and knowing that the program was a part of their lives.”
Moran said the administration would like to have a new coach on board by early July. He’s been conducting interviews throughout most of this week, but has yet to reach a decision.
Replacing Jordan won’t be an easy task, Moran said.