Butch Jordan begins his 19th year as the head coach of the men's and women's swimming program at Centenary in 2019-20. Jordan was the first coach for Ladies and Gents swimming for its inception fo the 2001-02 season.
Jordan is no stranger to the swimming community as he has served as the head coach of the City of Shreveport Swim Team since 1975.
In his 18 years, the numbers are staggering. Between the Ladies and Gents, Centenary has amassed 15 individual and five relay conference champions, 113 All-Conference individual and 28 All-Conference relay performances and 19 Mid Continent/Summit League/Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Swimmers of the Week, and a staggering 237 Academic All-Conference honorees. Three swimmers still hold top-5 times in the history of the SCAC Championships through the 2018-19 season: Ross Olivier for the Gents in 2013 (200 backstroke, 1:49.86) and Rachel Olson in 2014 (200 butterfly, 2:06.02) hold the second-fastest times while Rachel Olson in the 200 IM in 2014 (2:07.16) touched the wall in the fourth-fastest time.
Jordan led the Gents to five-straight runner-up finishes in the Mid-Con/Summit League from 2007-2011 (despite not having a diving team) and captured Coach of the Year honors three times (2004-05 and 2006-07 in the Mid-Continent Conference, 2009-10 in the Summit League).
For the 2018-19 season, Centenary received a huge boost from a big freshmen class and it immediately showed. For the season, there were five individual (Brianna Serret in the 100 and 200 backstrokes, Kaylin Swoboda in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes, and Miguel Vasquez in the 100 backstroke) and four relay (Ladies 800 freestyle relay and the Gents in the 200 and 400 medley relays and the 800 freestyle relays) All-Conference performances. In addition, the Gents 200 freestyle relay team of Eddie Dyess, Mitchell Lulich, Blake Smith, and Vasquez captured the first conference event championship in five years and the first relay championship in six.
With countless top-10 performances, Kaylin Swoboda in the 100 breaststroke and Miguel Vasquez in the 100 backstroke broke long-standing Centenary swimming records.
In the first year in the SCAC in 2012-13, Ross Olivier garnered Men's Swimmer of the Championship honors after he won the 200 back and 200 IM. He also finished runner-up to teammate Michael Schwandt in the 100 backstroke.
In 2010, Jordan garnered Sumit League Coach of the Year honors after he guided junior Devin Ross to a Conference Championship in the 50 Free in 2011 with a time of 20.31. Ross also competed in the Olympic Trials in 2012. For the season as a team, the Gents not only excelled in the pool as Summit League Runner-Ups, but in the classroom after the Gents were named Summit League's Top Men's Swimming Team academically with 48 percent of its squad named to the Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence.
The Gents also finished with the highest GPA among male athletic teams at Centenary in 2013-14, 2014-15, and 2016-17.
On the Ladies side, Maggie Vaughan was named the Summit League Newcomer of the Year in 2006-07 after winning the 500 and 1650 free Conference Championship. She foillowed that up with a win in the 1650 free at the Conference Championships the following year.
Jordan was instrumental in Olympic gold medalist, Cullen Jones' visit to Centenary in November 2010 where he spoke on behalf of "Make a Splash w/ Cullen Jones," a foundation to help prevent drowning amongst the youth.
Leading the Gents to a third place finish in the 2004-05 Mid-Continent Conference Swimming and Diving Championships, Jordan was selected as the Mid-Con Men's Coach of the Year. He was also picked as the conference coach of the year following the 2006-07 season as well.
Jordan graduated from Southern Arkansas University with a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1975. He was a four-year lettermen in swimming and won the conference championship four times.
Jordan now serves as the CEO of COSST. As a former coach of COSST, Jordan was named Louisiana "Coach of the Year" five times. He has also served as Senior Chairman, Age Group Chairman, Registration Chairman, and as Swim-A-Thon Chairman for Louisiana Swimming, Inc. Jordan has attended 12 World Swimming Coaches clinics as well as the Elite Coaches Seminar at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO.
Jordan and his wife, Margaret, have two children, Mandy and Ty. Both children swam for COSST and both participated in collegiate swimming. Jordan likes to keep fit with bicycle racing and swimming.