February 9, 2009

Matadors Softball Coach Barbara Jordan Selected to USA Softball Coaching Pool for 2009-2012

Feb. 9, 2009

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Cal State Northridge softball coach Barbara Jordan has been named to the USA Softball Women's National Coaching Pool for 2009-2012, the Amateur Softball Association announced on Feb. 6. The coaches have been selected for the 2009-2012 quadrennium and are responsible for the training and preparation for the Women's National team program. The head coach selection will be announced at a later date.

The appointment is the second time Jordan has been selected for the honor. With Team USA, Jordan was part of a staff that helped win the 2007 ISF Junior Women's World Championships in The Netherlands and also helped lead the Junior National Squad to the 2006 Junior Women's Pan American Championships in Puerto Rico (Nov. 10-18).

Since taking over the Matadors prior to the 2002 season, Jordan has amassed a 173-156-1 record and a 72-71 mark in Big West Conference action. Her teams have made the NCAA Tournament three times in her tenure and she has had seven all-region selections and two All-Americans. In 2008, CSUN finished in a tie for third in the Big West Conference with a 12-9 record.

Jordan returned to the Matadors in 2000 after being a member of three Northridge NCAA Division II National Championship teams (1984, 1985 and 1987). As an outfielder, Jordan was a three-time All-American (1985-1987) and a two-time Most Valuable Player in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (1985 and 1986). Jordan earned All-West Region honors three seasons (1985-1987) and made first team All-CCAA every year. In her final season as a Matador in 1987, she was honored as the Cal State Northridge Athlete of the Year.

Jordan still tops two Matador career categories; at-bats with 822 and games played with 269. She also ranks second in stolen bases (82), hits (259) and runs (167). Her all-time batting average of .315 ranks her 11th among Northridge career leaders. Jordan is tied for first in most games played in a season with 80 in 1985 and holds the mark for most at-bats in a season when she had 262 that year. She also holds three spots in the season leader charts in stolen bases and two spots in runs scored and led her team in batting average in 1984 (.268), 1985 (.259) and 1986 (.397). Jordan was inducted into the Matador Hall of Fame in 1995.

Joining Jordan on the Team USA Coaching Pool are: Suzy Brazney (Head Coach at Golden West College), Chuck D'Arcy (Sacramento, Calif.), Kate Drohan (Head Coach at Northwestern), Gordon Eakin (Head Coach at BYU), Ken Eriksen (Head Coach at South Florida), Stacy Iveson (Head Coach at Yavapai College), Karen Johns (Whippany, N.J.), Michael Larabee (Head Coach at Wright State), Jay Miller (Head Coach at Mississippi State), Patrick Murphy (Head Coach at Alabama), Jamie Pinkerton (Head Coach at Arkansas), Shawn Rychcik (Head Coach at Boston University) and Scot Whitlock (Head Coach at Kennesaw State University).