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'Dan McDonnell Given New 10-Year Contract Worth $1 Million Annually' __________________ Purple Makes Me Puke!
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Hope he's "tithing" 10% of that annually to TCBF or CDF.
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I do not think Coach Jordan will be extended. (nor should he be, IMO) I think (and hope) he will be allowed to "retire" with dignity.
Fred Jordan has had a great run at The Citadel...but as Bill Parcells says, "You are what your record says you are". And the record lately ain't been great. It's time to move on. I have a soft spot in my heart for Coach Beck. He recruited my son to The Citadel. I'd love to see Beck get a shot at the head job. IMO, he's earned it. And I think he would do a helluva job. But I'm afraid, rightly or wrongly, Beck will be seen by Administration, along with Coach Jordan, as part of the problem and not part of the potential solution. I do not think they're going to hire Britt Reames over Beck for head coach. I think we can all agree we have no shot at Mac or Lemo. So, I think it will be Beck or Administration will go outside of The Citadel "family" for the next head baseball coach. Go Dogs
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Channel 4 in Charleston is reporting that Coach Jordan to retire. The search is ON!
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MEDIA ADVISORY: Coach Jordan will address all media members and requests at an event celebrating his coaching career. More information regarding the date and location of the event will be announced at a later date. Jordan Announces Retirement After 26 Seasons CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Citadel baseball head coach Fred Jordan announced his retirement Thursday, concluding a 26-year career as the Bulldogs’ skipper with a record of 831-708 (.540).
“I have been blessed to serve nearly three decades at my alma mater,” Coach Jordan said. “This was a difficult decision, but I will cherish the time spent and relationships developed at The Citadel forever. My greatest satisfaction has not been championships or wins but the impact on young people’s lives that they acknowledge when they come back or reach out during difficult, exciting or significant times. None of our success would have been possible without the great people involved with this program, and I want to thank all of the former players, coaches, staff members and administration for their hard work and support.”
Jordan, whose 831 career wins include 399 victories in conference play, is the Southern Conference’s all-time wins leader by a large margin and also holds the record for most SoCon wins in a career. Jordan leaves the Southern Conference with 190 more wins than fellow Bulldog skipper Chal Port, who is second on the all-time wins list with 641, and 96 more SoCon wins than Rodney Hennon, who won 303 conference games at Western Carolina and Georgia Southern to rank second in conference wins.
The Citadel won 40 or more games in a season two times under Jordan’s leadership, including a 43-win season in 2010 that is second only to the 1990 College World Series team on the program’s all-time list, and topped 30 wins in 18 seasons. The Bulldogs made seven NCAA Tournament appearances with Jordan at the helm and won at least one game four times, claiming a victory over Virginia Tech in 1994, a win over Fordham in 1998, a victory over Coastal Carolina in 2004 and another win against Virginia Tech in 2010. In 1994, The Citadel also won a best-of-three play-in series against MTSU for a bid to the Clemson Regional, where it defeated Virginia Tech.
Jordan led the Bulldogs to five Southern Conference championships and seven Southern Conference Tournament titles, including regular-season and tournament sweeps in 1995, 1999 and 2010. Additionally, The Citadel finished as the SoCon Tournament runner-up in 1996, 2005, 2007 and 2013. The four-time Southern Conference Coach of the Year mentored 12 All-Americans, eight SoCon Pitchers of the Year, including 2017 award winner JP Sears, one SoCon Player of the Year, four SoCon Freshmen of the Year, 68 All-Southern Conference performers and 35 MLB Draft selections, including eight taken in the first 10 rounds and three drafted in the first five rounds.
Jordan’s hard-working teams and his aggressive schedules that annually featured the top programs in the country entertained fans of all ages, turning Joe Riley Park into a hotspot for the Charleston community. In 2001, The Citadel’s cumulative attendance of 53,501 ranked 25th in the country, the only time the Bulldogs have ranked among the top-25 in attendance.
A 1979 graduate of The Citadel and standout pitcher, Jordan helped the Bulldogs win a SoCon title his senior season. He then embarked on a 12-year career as a high school coach where he compiled a record of 226-87 (.722) before returning to his alma mater.
“I am appreciative of Coach Jordan’s leadership of our baseball program,” The Citadel Athletic Director Jim Senter said. “He helped build one of the premier programs in the Southern Conference and sustained that success for more than a quarter of a century. Coach Jordan is one of the best leaders of young men in the country, and we are proud that he led our program with dignity and respect. We will start our search for The Citadel’s next head baseball coach immediately.”
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Coach had a great run and we owe him a debt of gratitude. I was sorry to see some of the personal attacks against him on this site. It is and has been time for him to retire so we can move on, but we need to be sure to be gracious and thankful as he departs. Best of luck to one of our own on his retirement and thanks for some memories as head coach.
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We will need a Coach who is an innovative recruiter as the travel Ball phenomenon has hurt us in recent years as it was explained to me by a fellow Alumnus
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Cidgrad90, please explain travel ball for those of us who don't know.
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Travel ball has definitely changed the recruiting landscape. There is no "weeding out" process for young baseball players anymore. Anyone can start a "travel ball" team and sign up for tournaments that are held almost weekly year round and just money making ventures at this point for most. These are ages from 8 to 18 years old. Only 15 years ago or so, if you did not have some level of talent, you were done playing baseball by around 15 years old. High school and legion ball was where college coaches knew they could recruit and see decent players to pick from. Now, with travel ball, you have 17 and 18 year old kids playing on so called "elite" travel teams that cant even play on their high school JV or varsity team and many just plain suck. The dads coach half of the teams and their untalented sons and his buddies enter and play in the weekly tournaments throughout the Southeast. Again, there is no barrier to start a team and enter tournaments, only money to buy jerseys and the entry fee which organizations like Top Gun, USSSA, and Perfect Game live off of. There are still many good travel teams, but the level of competition is very watered down and I cannot imagine being a college coach trying to find good players out of the thousands that are still playing because of the year round travel ball tournaments that allow anyone to form a team and play. College baseball has also gained in popularity with many colleges over the last two decades. Just look at Coastal Carolina, I am sure 10-15 years ago, The Citadel could easily get a kid over Coastal, now we would almost certainly lose a recruiting battle against them. ACC and SEC schools also over recruit more now. The Citadel lost the Summerville pitcher recruit last year who could have helped our pitching to Clemson where he did not pitch an inning and maybe never will. The Citadel faces many challenges that it didn't in Jordan's early tenure and he and the staff kept us relevant for a long time. Hopefully we can get back to our winning ways soon. I would hope they would give Coach Beckley an opportunity, or at least stay in The Citadel family so to speak.
Just my two cents for what its worth! Go Dogs!
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1) I still don't understand how travel ball has anything to do with hurting The Citadel. All players are out in front of all coaches and recruiters. 2) Our batting average, fielding error %, and stolen base % has been at or near the bottom of the conference for the last several years. I believe one of the assistant coaches is in charge of that area. Don't think we need to retain him.
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Someone is finding and developing quality players.
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Geez, out come the bayonets!
I am not saying it has hurt us, like the other poster mentioned. I just said it has changed the recruiting landscape for sure. Truth is no one knows how the staff recruited or whether travel ball hurt or helped us. I just know more kids are playing baseball longer and in a different format than years ago. Someone asked to explain travel ball and I gave an answer.
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Travel ball doesn't have a damn thing to do with our lack of success over the past several years.
Honestly, I hope house is cleaned. No need to give the job to one of the assistants. As many of you know, I have never been a Fred fan and I hope nobody associated with him remains with the program. A fresh start is needed. __________________ Citadel '84 Penn State '93 Go Dogs! Fight On State!
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"None of our success would have been possible without the great people involved with this program, and I want to thank all of the former players, coaches, staff members and administration for their hard work and support.” I find it interesting there was no acknowledgement of alumni or fans. The fact that a school of 2000 could have attendance in the top 25 nationally is an unbelievable stat. __________________ Purple Makes Me Puke!
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Of course it seems logical that Reames should get a shot, would be helpful to have someone who knows the school