DURHAM, N.C. – Duke baseball associate head coach and recruiting coordinator Josh Jordan has been named the ABCA/Baseball America Assistant Coach of the Year as announced Tuesday.
“This is absolutely one of my proudest days in 20 years as a head coach,” said Chris Pollard. “Simply put, nobody deserves this award more than Josh Jordan. He works tirelessly with tremendous professionalism. His passion and knowledge for the game are undeniable. But most importantly, Josh cares deeply about the players and staff of our Duke baseball program and he has the talent and the resilience to put them in a position to succeed. Today is a great day for Duke Baseball.”
After six seasons alongside Pollard at Appalachian State, Jordan joined him 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 brining in top-level talent, 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 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.
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.