|Position:||Associate Head Coach|
|Alma Mater:||Catawba College '02|
At Duke: After six seasons alongside head coach Chris Pollard at Appalachian State, Josh Jordan joined Pollard and the Duke baseball program in June of 2012. The program’s recruiting coordinator, Jordan was promoted to Associate Head Coach in July of 2015. In addition to role in recruiting, Jordan also works with Duke’s catchers and outfields and teaches both hitting and base running.
Duke reaped the benefits of Jordan’s efforts in 2018, putting together one of the most successful seasons in program history. Ranked in the preseason for the first time in program history, the 2018 Blue Devils lived up to the early season hype, recording the first 40-win season in program history while also earning a program-record 18 ACC wins and advancing to the first NCAA Super Regional in school history.
Baseball America ranked Duke in its top 25 for 13 weeks during the 2018 regular season, more than doubling the total number of weeks the Blue Devils were ranked in the first 36 years of the publication’s rankings (6). With a 45-18 overall record, Duke not only set a program record for wins in a season but also reached 30 wins for the fifth straight year, the program’s longest such stretch since the Blue Devils compiled a run of seven-straight 30-win campaigns from 1992-98.
For his instrumental contributions, Jordan garnered 2018 ABCA/Baseball America Assistant Coach of the Year honors.
Just two years earlier, Jordan helped Duke to an at-large bid to the 2016 NCAA Tournament, ending the program’s 55-year drought without making the postseason event. After beginning the season 10-13 (1-7 ACC), the Blue Devils went 23-9 over their final 32 regular season games, including a 13-8 ACC record. During that span, Duke went 9-7 against Top 20 RPI teams, collected series victories over Georgia Tech, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Florida State and Pitt, and posted a perfect 10-0 mark in non-conference play.
During Jordan’s time with the program, 25 Blue Devils have been selected in the Major League Baseball Draft, including a school-record-tying seven in 2018. Of those 25 players, six were selected in the first 10 rounds of the draft, accounting for a fifth of Duke's total top-10-round picks in program history.
At Appalachian State (6 Seasons • 2007-12): Prior to his arrival in Durham, Jordan spent six seasons as an assistant coach under current Duke head coach Chris Pollard at Appalachian State. The Mountaineers won 30 or more games in each of Jordan’s six seasons with the program.
Jordan was key in Appalachian State’s stellar 2012 campaign, a season which saw the Mountaineers set a school record for victories with a 41-18 overall record. The Mountaineers captured the Southern Conference championship and earned a berth to the NCAA Championship, advancing to the championship round of the Charlotte Regional with wins over national powers Virginia and Oklahoma.
While in Boone, Jordan supervised the development of 17 players ultimately selected in the MLB Draft. Prior to Jordan and Pollard’s arrival, Appalachian State had not produced a Major League Baseball draftee since the 1996 campaign.
Early Years: Before joining the ASU staff, Jordan spent the 2006 season with Young Harris College, helping the Mountain Lions to a runner-up finish in the 2006 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XVII Tournament. Jordan also coached Charlie Blackmon, currently a member of the Colorado Rockies, during his stint at Young Harris.
Prior to his stint at Young Harris, Jordan spent two seasons at Fort Hays State in Hays, Kan. He began his time at Fort Hays as a graduate assistant in 2004 before becoming the Tigers’ top assistant and recruiting coordinator the following year.
College Career: Jordan played second base at Catawba College from 1999-2002, leading the Indians to the 2002 South Atlantic Conference Tournament championship. He began his coaching career as a volunteer coach at his alma mater in 2003.
Jordan holds a B.A. in social studies education from Catawba and also earned an M.S. in exercise science from Fort Hays State in 2005. A native of Gastonia, N.C., he was a four-year letterwinner and an all-conference performer at Hunter Huss High School from 1995-98.
Personal: Jordan and his wife (Erika) reside in Durham, N.C., with their son (Jaxon) and daughter (Lillian).