LSU baseball is set to hire Duke associate head coach and recruiting coordinator Josh Jordan as its next recruiting coordinator, a source with knowledge of the situation told The Advocate | Times-Picayune.
During his 10 seasons at Duke, Jordan helped turn a program that hadn’t reached the NCAA tournament in 55 years into a regular postseason team. The Blue Devils made four tournament appearances over the last six full seasons.
The hire completed head coach Jay Johnson’s on-field staff, which underwent significant turnover this offseason with the departures of recruiting coordinator Dan Fitzgerald and pitching coach Jason Kelly after one season. Fitzgerald became the head coach at Kansas, while Kelly took over at Washington.
After they left, Johnson prioritized reconstructing LSU’s roster by adding multiple high-profile transfers. He then hired Minnesota Twins pitching coach Wes Johnson before turning his attention toward the other opening for a paid assistant.
Redshirt junior Drew Bianco has entered the NCAA transfer portal, making him the 10th LSU player to put his name in the database this summer.
Jay Johnson considered multiple candidates over the last week, a source said. He ultimately landed on Jordan. The terms of his contract are not yet known.
A former second baseman at Catawba College, Jordan got his first major job at Appalachian State in 2007. He spent six seasons there under head coach Chris Pollard. During their tenure, Appalachian State produced a draft pick for the first time since 1996 and reached the NCAA tournament once.
Jordan followed Pollard to Duke after the 2012 season. In addition to his responsibilities as the recruiting coordinator, he worked with the catchers and outfielders and taught base running and hitting.
After three mediocre seasons, Duke earned an at-large bid in the 2016 NCAA tournament. The first in decades, the appearance snapped a 55-year postseason drought for the program. The Blue Devils lost in the NCAA regional round.
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Two years later, Duke was ranked in the preseason for the first time in team history. The team finished the 2018 season with its first 40-win campaign, an NCAA super regional appearance and a school-record 18 conference wins.
Seven players were drafted that year, tying a school record, and Jordan received American Baseball Coaches Association/Baseball America assistant coach of the year honors.
Duke reached an NCAA super regional again in 2019. And after the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, the Blue Devils won their first Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship in 2021. It marked their first league title in 60 years. The Blue Devils struggled this past season, finishing 22-32.