I coached Jordan Whittenburg at the high school and junior college level. He has a huge heart and real passion for basketball. In all of my years of coaching, I've never had a player that works harder than Jordan both on and off the court. I highly recommend him.
I had the pleasure of coaching Jordan for two years. He was a player with gifted abilities, very hard working, and was always focused. He's always been a great student of the game. Jordan is very personable, creative in his thinking, and has good communication skills, all of which will serve him and his players well in his coaching future.
As a two-year basketball player at Northwest Christian University, throughout the 2009-10 and 2010-11 campaigns, I’ve come across many different coaching styles and attitudes. From the head position, to the first and second assistants, all the way down to player personnel, each coach has had their pros and cons, all calculated and intertwined into the overall focus and direction for the team. As I entered into visits to the school in the spring of 2009, Jordan had recently finished his senior season and was heading toward the road for graduation, while having to release his commitment to the game he loved the most, and focus on marriage and a future occupation. He was always encouraging to me, as I came in as a “new guy” not knowing many people, and he instantly made me feel welcome. Whether it be a few words of advice here or there during a pick-up game, or a team meeting in which each player was able to sit down with past players and current coaches, one thing remained consistent: Jordan’s insight and knowledge for the game was contagious. The transition from player to coach is never an easy one, as you have to allow yourself to come to terms with the fact that your playing days are over, but you can still share your wisdom and passion for the game with others. He fulfilled this role in every aspect. Jordan became a GA (Graduate Assistant) for N.C.U. the following season, and it quickly became clear that he was down to business as an assistant coach. During practice, Jordan always spoke with emphasis and clarity in his examples, while demanding attention, energy and effort from the players he was working with. His age and recent graduation played no part in gaining respect from players, as he was able to better relate and more calmly discuss and convey the points that were trying to be made. He was always willing to stay after practice and help players with their form shooting, or to come in beforehand to review film. Jordan has a very keen sense for coaching, and his basketball IQ has continued to rise as a true student of the game.
In 17 years as a basketball coach, Whit was the best shooter I ever coached. He was also an outstanding student and has great character.
Jordan is one of the best shooters I've ever played with. Every time he shoots, I expect it to go in. That is how great of a shooter he is.
Jordan Whittenburg was a relentless competitor and student of the game, but also a gentleman and student of life.