|College:||The Citadel, 1979|
Fred Jordan is in his 23rd season as the head coach of his alma mater’s baseball program and enters the 2014 campaign with a record of 746-568. He earned his 700th career win on April 13, 2012 when the Bulldogs blanked UNC Greensboro 3-0 at Riley Park.
Jordan has instilled the ideals of belief, faith and trust into The Citadel baseball program, and players are known for playing “The Citadel Way” – Long, Hard and Fast. The Citadel baseball program has been recognized for its tenacious pace of play and tremendous discipline that Jordan sets forth in the everyday rigors of practice and throughout the season.
The Citadel is coming off an outstanding season in 2013, finishing with a record of 35-25 and advancing to the championship game of the Southern Conference tournament. The Bulldogs placed seven players on the All-SoCon team, including conference pitcher of the year Austin Pritcher, while Joe Jackson was selected to a pair of All-America teams.
Jackson was drafted in the fifth round by the Texas Rangers last June while Pritcher went in the 19th round to the Detroit Tigers.
A 1979 graduate of The Citadel, Jordan has led the Bulldogs to seven SoCon tournament championships and berths in the NCAA Regionals (1994-95, 1998-99, 2001, 2004 and 2010) while the team has also captured five regular season conference crowns. The Citadel has an incredible mark of 59-27 (.686) in the SoCon tournament and won the title six times without suffering a loss.
The Citadel has won a game in four of its seven appearances in the NCAA tournament under Jordan, most recently a 7-2 victory over Virginia Tech in the opening round of the 2010 regional in Columbia, S.C.
Over the past 22 seasons, The Citadel has averaged 34 wins a season including 43 in 2010, just three shy of the school record. On March 31, 2010, the Bulldogs blanked Charleston Southern 5-0 to give Jordan his 642nd career win and move him past Chal Port as the winningest coach in school history.
At the conclusion of the 2010 season, Jordan received the SoCon Coach of the Year Award for the fourth time in his career following his selection in 1995, 1999 and 2002. In addition to the 43-win season, the Bulldogs also won 41 games in 1999 and have captured at least 31 victories in all but four campaigns with Jordan at the helm.
The success enjoyed by the Bulldogs under Jordan has been reflected in the number of players The Citadel has sent to professional baseball. Beginning with Gettys Glaze in 1992, a total of 29 players have been selected in the MLB Amateur Draft, with Dallas McPherson, current assistant coach Britt Reames and Chris McGuiness reaching “The Show.”
McPherson was one of seven Jordan products selected in the top 10 rounds, going to the Angels in the second round of the 2001 draft, while Reames was the first Bulldog to appear in the MLB postseason as a member of the 2000 Cardinals pitching staff.
In 2010 Asher Wojciechowski became the highest draft pick in the Jordan era when the Blue Jays tabbed him as a supplemental pick in the first round with the 41st overall choice.
Many of Jordan’s players have been honored by the SoCon as well as national baseball publications.
The Citadel has earned 63 spots on the All-SoCon team, with 39 being first team selections. Eight of Jordan’s hurlers – Glaze (1992), Brian Wiley (1999), Eric Talbert (2001), Randy Corn (2002), Jonathan Ellis (2004), Wes Wrenn (2009), Wojciechowski (2010) and Pritcher (2013) – were named SoCon Pitcher of the Year while Philip Hartig was the 2001 league player of the year. Rodney Hancock (1997), Hartig (1998), Trent Weathers (2003) and Richard Jones (2007) received SoCon Freshman of the Year accolades.
In 2002, Corn was named the SoCon Male Athlete of the Year, and a total of 21 players earned berths on all-region and All-America teams (or both) as well as Academic All-America squads.
Jordan is not shy when it comes to aggressive scheduling. Many of the top programs in the nation have dotted The Citadel’s schedule throughout the past two decades, and the Bulldogs have won their fair share of those matchups. On April 12, 2010, The Citadel posted a 2-0 win over a South Carolina team that was en route to its second consecutive national championship.
The Bulldogs also defeated a No.1-ranked Gamecock team by a score of 7-6 in 2007, the middle game in a three-year run of wins over Top 25 squads. The year before The Citadel downed third-ranked Nebraska 8-5 in 2006, and edged No. 23 Louisville 1-0 in 10 innings in 2008, besting a Cardinal team led by former Bulldog standout Dan McDonnell. The 2003 season saw the Bulldogs down Miami, NC State and South Carolina.
Jordan’s teams have consistently had the eyes of Charleston upon them. In 2001 the Bulldogs finished 25th in the nation, the highest ever for a Citadel team, with 53,501 fans turning out at Riley Park to see the Bulldogs play. In 2004, over 58,000 fans streamed through the gates of Riley Park to help set a single-season attendance record.
Jordan was named The Citadel’s head coach on Jan. 14, 1992, becoming the fifth man to hold that position in the program’s modern-day history (beginning in 1954). He was selected to replace Port, his former college head coach, when the Hall of Famer announced his retirement in 1991 after a 27-year run.
At the time of his hiring, Jordan was one of the most respected high school coaches in South Carolina. He posted a record of 156-53 in eight seasons at Stratford (1984-91), and the Knights were Lower State runners-up in 1988 and 1989. His 1988 Stratford team won 20 in a row and was ranked No. 28 at the end of the season by Collegiate Baseball. The Knights then spent the entire 1989 campaign in the Top 25 in the USA Today national poll.
He also coached at Fort Johnson and James Island high schools from 1980-83 with an overall record of 70-34 and a Lower State title at James Island in 1983.
In 12 seasons as a high school head coach, Jordan had a record of 226-87 and he was named Region 6-AAAA Coach of the Year three straight seasons from 1987-89. Each of his teams earned a berth in the state playoffs and all 12 finished no worse than second place in their conference.
Jordan had over 30 high school players go on to play college baseball, and two of his players in high school – Lee Glaze (Fort Johnson) and Anthony Jenkins (Stratford) – went on to become Southern Conference Athletes of the Year at The Citadel and earn induction into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
Jordan received his bachelor’s degree in physical education from The Citadel in 1979 and a master’s degree in education in 1987. He lettered as a pitcher for the Bulldogs from 1976-79 and won an Ace (Pitching) Award and was a member of a SoCon championship squad his senior season.
A Charleston native and 1975 graduate of Garrett High School, he is married to the former Debra Mattox of Charleston. The couple has a daughter, Kristen, who graduated from Clemson in 2004, and a son, Kyle, who played baseball for his father and graduated from The Citadel in 2010.