Durham News: Sports

July 28, 2014

Thurman Jordan named basketball head coach at Hillside

Holly Springs Boys basketball coach Thurman Jordan grew up playing against Hillside High greats like Rodney Rogers. As he began a high school coaching career, he never forgot those moments – or Hillside. So when the opportunity came to coach the Hornets varsity boys basketball team, Jordan jumped at the chance.

Holly Springs Boys basketball coach Thurman Jordan grew up playing against Hillside High greats like Rodney Rogers. As he began a high school coaching career, he never forgot those moments – or Hillside. So when the opportunity came to coach the Hornets varsity boys basketball team, Jordan jumped at the chance.

“Throughout my coaching career, Hillside was a destination I wanted to coach,” Jordan said recently in a phone interview. “Hillside has a rich tradition, and I’m looking forward to continuing that tradition.”

Hillside Athletics Director Bob Hill annouced Friday that Jordan will replace former Hillside coach Crasten Davis, who had led the Hornets for the past three seasons. Davis, whose contract was not renewed, was 55-27 overall and 22-11 in the PAC-6, including a 2012 conference tournament championship. He also led Hillside to the playoffs in each of his three seasons.

Hill said Jordan’s experience in coaching multiple sports set him apart from the other applicants.

“We know that having kids in multiple sports cuts down on injuries, and helps us keep our hands on them. That was a key factor.”

Jordan, who has taught English for 16 years, suffered through a 1-24 season in his first year at Holly Springs but eventually led the Golden Hawks to three straight 4A playoff appearances from the SWAC Conference.

Davis, whose contract was not renewed, was 55-27 overall and 22-11 in the PAC-6, including a 2012 conference tournament championship. He also led Hillside to the playoffs in each of his three seasons.

Bonitta Best - durhamsports@newsobserver.com

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