Jason Jordan ready to see hard work pay dividends

01 June 2020

 A month ago, Beavers softball initiated the first step in its reboot, hiring former Fort Hays State assistant Jason Jordan.

A longtime coach both in softball and baseball, Jordan is currently putting together the blueprint for his first season as a collegiate head coach. Despite the uncertainty surrounding the 2020-21 academic year, Pratt's newest face in the athletic department is going about his business with a sense of anticpiation. 

"I was excited for the opportunity," Jordan said. "I felt like Pratt offered new challenges not just with softball at PCC but in the community as well. I knew it was going to be a challenge and going to take a lot of work but that was what attracted me."

A native of colorful Colorado, Jordan has prior experience as a head coach at both the high school and youth levels working for the Poudre Valley School District., as well as an event coordinator for Triple Crown Sports, an organization that fosters youth-focused athletic competition. Now one rung higher on the coaching ladder, Jordan is balancing both sides of the emotional scale. 

"In every new position there is a sense of nervousness," Jordan said. "Trying to instill a new culture has its ups and downs. However, being able to compete in one of the toughest conferences in the nation, and putting the new culture up against other established cultures is going to be exciting for me."

Jordan is a softball guy. Or a baseball guy. Either way, both sports have influenced him massively. 

"Softball and baseball, to me, was a common ground where I could take a break from everything going on in my life," he said. "These games were one of the only things I could depend on to always be there for me in the good and the bad. It brought people into my life from different walks of life and established friendships that will last a lifetime.

"Some of my coaches were the biggest influence in my life, helped me stay out of trouble, were there in the hard times and if it wasn't for them I would not be where I am today. My hope is that I can be the same type of role model in these girls' lives and positively impact them, their families, their communities like my coaches did for me."

That influence includes a stringent work ethic that he plans on passing down to his team. Jordan doesn't plan on sitting idly by, because his coaching style won't allow it. 

"I am hands on, willing to outwork and any other team in our conference," Jordan explained. "I believe that we have the right group of players and coaches that have the right attitudes to put in the amount of effort it is going to take to flip this program. We are going to do things the right way while trying to give back to the community of Pratt."

Having only won 8% of its games since 2016, Pratt softball is aiming to see Jordan's teachings evolve into a winning tradition. Such things start and end, according to Jordan, with a plan, and that plan starts in Year One. 

"It's all about trusting the process," Jordan said. "While taking steps in the right direction. I am extremely excited about the group of girls that we have coming for the 2021 season, they are the right group for the job to turn this program around. It is going to take a year or two to fully implement our new culture and we will hit some challenges along the way, however, there is no doubt in my mind that people will look back on this group of amazing female athletes and say that the change in Pratt Softball started with them."

Given there is still no assurance athletics will take place during the upcoming school year, the challenges facing Pratt Community College, other academic institutions, and many others continues to be unprecedented. In spite of all the concerns fogging the future, for Pratt softball, there is a ray of light poking through the clouds. 

"You can plan on seeing us more out in the community giving back to Pratt, getting more involved in local softball programs and partnering with both the high schools in town to grow our sport. We have a lot of work to do as a program this fall, however, we will be trusting the process while making positive steps in the right direction. And hopefully come spring you will see the hard work that our team has put in all year."