Matt Jordan didn’t have to look far for influence on what he would do as an adult. “My number one influence was my father (Ed),” Jordan said. “He
coached youth football ever since I was a year old and has coached
freshmen football for the last four years. He has been my big
influence.” Jordan was approved earlier this week as the new head football coach of
Grove City High School.
Matt Jordan didn’t have to look far for influence on what he would do as an adult.
“My number one influence was my father (Ed),” Jordan said. “He coached youth football ever since I was a year old and has coached freshmen football for the last four years. He has been my big influence.”
Jordan was approved by the Southwestern City School District Board of Education earlier this week as the new head football coach of Grove City High School.
Carrying a 36-37 career record and three playoff appearances in seven seasons as a head coach, Jordan began his coaching career as a volunteer at Bowling Green High School in 1996. His first head coaching position came at Garfield High School in Portage County, where he coached for four years. Jordan comes to Grove City from Riverside High School in Lake County, where he had been head coach for the past three seasons. Riverside made the playoffs the last two years.
The decision to come to Grove City involved football and family issues, according to Jordan.
“I have an awful lot of family and friends in the Columbus area,” Jordan said. “My brother lives in Whitehall, I have aunts and uncles in Westerville and a lot of friends in the surrounding Columbus area. Being closer to them will be nice.
“From a football perspective, Grove City is a solid football town and football community. They have a great stadium, great facilities and a great commitment to football. … This is a community that if you win, people will come. We have a community that wants to come down to the stadium every Friday night and watch a good football team and band.”
Jordan is also aware of the reputation and tradition of Grove City football, which he said correlates with his background as a northeast Ohio coach who likes tough, physical football. Grove City has won eight Ohio Capital Conference divisional championships since 1990.
“Coach (Brian) Cross did a great job during the 1990s and had some good football teams, and Coach (Scott) McIntire also did a good job,” Jordan said. “Grove City has a reputation for tough, physical football and that fits in with my personality as a football coach.”
Jordan, 32, said he expects to run multiple I-formations with one and two tailbacks, while also mixing in a little spread and three-step-drop play action. Defensively, he envisions an aggressive 4-3 defense.
Since taking the position, Jordan has met with the team and stayed up till 3 a.m. one morning to watch tape of all 10 Grove City football games from last season. The next step for Jordan will be completing his coaching staff.
“I want a coaching staff involving guys who are knowledgeable, have good character and love to work with kids,” Jordan said. “ … But one of the most important things is going to be having a staff that has a great work ethic, because we’re going to have to put in a lot of energy to turn this program around. It is not going to happen overnight. It is going to take a lot of hard work and dedication from our coaches and players.”
Jordan inherits a Grove City team that went 2-8 last season. The OCC is realigning this upcoming season, putting Grove City in the Central Division with Pickerington North, Pickerington Central, Gahanna, Groveport, Newark, Lancaster and Reynoldsburg. In its non-league slate, Grove City will open with Dublin Scioto at home Aug. 22, followed by road games with Worthington Kilbourne and Hilliard Davidson.
“The OCC is a good, physical football conference with tough games every week,” Jordan said. “That’s another thing that is appealing to me. We also have a tough non-conference schedule, so we’re going to have to be well prepared each week.”
Jordan has set goals of the Greyhounds finishing at .500 or above and trying to compete to win an OCC divisional championship.
“We know this is going to take a lot of work and some time,” Jordan said. “We’ve set some goals to build us back up, including being .500 or above this season. We also want to compete in the OCC, but the bottom line is going to be having a team that works very hard every Friday night.”
Jordan has two sons, David, 4, and Steven, 2. He has been married to his wife, Kate, for seven years.