WASHINGTON, D.C. - Eddie Jordan, who as the Scarlet Knights’ point guard was the catalyst of the great Rutgers basketball teams of the mid-1970’s, was named head coach of the Washington Wizards Thursday." />
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Former Rutgers Great Named Head Coach of the NBA’s Washington Wizards
  • Posted on June 20, 2003 12:00:00 AM
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  • WASHINGTON, D.C. - Eddie Jordan, who as the Scarlet Knights’ point guard was the catalyst of the great Rutgers basketball teams of the mid-1970’s, was named head coach of the Washington Wizards Thursday.

    Most recently, Jordan served as the top assistant to New Jersey Nets coach Byron Scott and helped lead the Nets to consecutive appearances in the NBA Championship Series. Jordan has played an instrumental role in the dramatic rise of the Nets as an NBA power in the past two seasons.

    Jordan as a Scarlet Knight

    Jordan starred at Rutgers from 1973-77, and was the floor general for the 1975-76 Scarlet Knights, who fashioned a perfect 26-0 regular season record. The Scarlet Knights advanced to the Final Four, and wound up with a 31-2 mark and a No.4 national ranking. Jordan was named MVP of the East Regional in 1976.

    Jordan, inducted into the Rutgers Basketball Hall of Fame in 1994, remains prominent in the Rutgers record book. He is the school’s all-time assist leader with 585 and steals leader with 220. Jordan is also the sixth all-time leading scorer with 1,632 career points.

    Jordan playing at the RAC as a member of the New Jersey Nets

    Drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round of the 1977 NBA Draft (33rd overall), Jordan was acquired by the New Jersey Nets midway through his rookie year. As a Net, Jordan led the league in total steals in 1978-79 and was second in total steals in 1979-80. He is currently fifth on the Nets Top Ten Career List in steals.

    Jordan joined the Los Angeles Lakers during the 1980-81 campaign, where he subsequently played four seasons, and was a member of the 1982 NBA World Championship squad. He also played briefly with the Portland Trail Blazers before ending his professional career, in which he averaged 8.1 points, 3.8 assists and 1.82 steals per game.

    After retiring from the league in 1984, Jordan was a volunteer assistant at Rutgers under his former coach, Tom Young. Jordan followed Young to Old Dominion as a part-time assistant before landing assistant coaching positions at Boston College in 1986, and at Rutgers in 1988. In June of 1992, Jordan became a member of the Sacramento Kings' coaching staff. Jordan joined the Nets coaching staff as an assistant in March, 1999.

    Prior to his arrival in New Jersey, Jordan spent the 1997-98 campaign and the final 15 games of the 1996-97 season as head coach of the Sacramento Kings. The Washington, D.C. native was an assistant coach with the Kings for five seasons before being named head coach in 1996-97.
    Jordan led Rutgers to an 89-28 record in four years as a starter (1973-77). An honorable mention All-America as a senior, Jordan established Rutgers all-time career records in assists (585) and steals (220). Jordan graduated from Rutgers in 1977 with a degree in health and physical education.

    Jordan and his wife, Charisse, have two children, a son, Jackson, and daughter, Skylar. Jordan also has two sons, Justin, who is in high school and Eddie Jr., who followed in his father's footsteps at Rutgers University, and is currently a tight end on the Scarlet Knight football team.

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