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March 5, 2014

H.S. SOFTBALL: Jeff hires Jordan as new softball coach

New Devil skipper played at New Albany, Louisville

JEFFERSONVILLE — At Tuesday’s Great Clark County school board approved the hire of Chelsea Jordan as Jeffersonville’s new varsity softball coach.

As a three-time All-Hoosier Hills performer, Jordan was a star at New Albany before going to Louisville, where she played three seasons for the Cardinals.

After suffering an injury, she transferred to Indiana University Southeast last year.

Jordan is currently the head coach of the Louisville Lady Sluggers 16-and-under travel softball team and has been an assistant for the Indiana Diamonds 14-and-under team, but she’s looking forward to her first varsity coaching experience.

“I’m very excited,” she said. “I enjoy coaching and I’m looking forward to being back in [high school softball].”

Jeffersonville athletic director Todd Satterly said he knew Jordan was the right choice for the job after talking with Louisville head coach Sandy Pearsall and Indiana University manager Michelle Gardner, who Jordan had helped at softball camps.

“That’s what helped sell me,” Satterly said. “They gave me glowing recommendations. They were very impressive with her softball knowledge and commitment. Most of all, I wanted to know if they’d trust their kids with her. They both said, “Without a doubt. Absolutely.’” That helped sell it for us.”

Satterly taught Jordan in high school chemistry at New Albany, but he said that had no impact on the decision. Since taking over as the athletic director, Jeffersonville has hired two Bulldogs from rival New Albany. Mike Warren, who was an assistant coach at New Albany for nine seasons, helped the Red Devils girls’ basketball team to a 17-6 record in the winter.

“I got teased the other day about it,” Satterly said of the hires. “It’s not intentional. Just sort of the way it’s worked out. She applied. I wasn’t searching her out.”

Jordan takes over for Jodi Bradley, who had some success over the past three seasons. Bradley, who resigned the position in the offseason, left Jordan some talent. Seven starters return from last year’s 14-9 team and the program has some serious talent in its younger classes.

“I think I’m being held to a high standard,” Jordan said. “It’s important the girls understand that I expect good things out of them and my standard for them is high as well. I think we’re going to be very competitive.”

“I think she and her stafff can push those kids further than they think they can go,” Satterfly said. “The expectations are there. This is not a rebuilding situation.”

As high as expectations are in Jeffersonville, the same thing can be said for rivals Floyd Central and New Albany. The Highlanders went 21-6 a year ago and returns nearly everyone. The Bulldogs were 20-7 last season and has several strong players returning.

Jordan played for New Albany coach Steve Belden. She said she’s looking forward to facing her old coach, “but I’m more excited to get a shot at Floyd, to be honest with you,” she said. “Floyd’s going to be loaded. New Albany has some good staff back, too. I think it will be really competitive around here.”

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