Denmark-Olar athletics director and football coach Michael Jordan has been named the next Jasper County School District athletics director, according to a district release.
Jordan was administrator and football coach at Denmark-Olar beginning in 2010. He resigned both positions in November, according to The Times and Democrat newspaper in Orangeburg.
Attempts to reach Jordan on Monday were unsuccessful.
We are excited to have an experienced, well-rounded athletic director in the Jasper County School District, district spokesperson Shellie Murdaugh said in an email. Mr. Jordan brings with him a vast knowledge of both academics and athletics having served as an educator and as a coach of numerous sports. We are enthusiastic about the future of our student athletes and our athletic programs under the leadership of Mr. Jordan.
Before Denmark-Olar, Jordan coached linebackers at Northwestern in Rock Hill. Before that, he was head football coach for 12 years at four stops in North Carolina and Columbia, according to his resume.
Jordan played defensive tackle at Livingstone College in Salisbury, N.C., and earned his masters degree from Gardner-Webb in August of 2012.
He was picked from a group of finalists that included Ridgeland-Hardeeville football coach Blake Raley and Spencer Bobian, who is an assistant director at Beaufort Jasper Academy for Career Excellence.
The 50-year-old Jordan fills the position open after the death of James Gardner in September. Gardner had been the athletics director for the county since June of 2010.