COACH STEVE JORDAN
BIOGRAPHY OF COACH STEVE JORDAN
Coach Jordan came to Minden in 1961 and began the fall as
freshman football coach. He was a taskmaster for sure. In the spring of 1962
track team finished 2nd in District, a feat of unusual proportions for MHS,
where football reigned supreme. In 1963 the team won district and finished
2nd in state and in 1964 MHS won its first state track championship. Yes,
there were great athletes, but the catalyst for all of this was Steve
Jordan. The ground work he set for MHS helped the track team win state in
1965 and 1966.
MHS was blessed with many great track athletes at that
time. Bill Thomas was a gifted runner who excelled at all events up to the
440. I can recall Coach Jordan working him within a second of his death but
in 1963 Bill ran a 34.9 for the 330 yard run in practice and he ran a 49.9
in the district meet for the open 440 yard dash, winning easily. There were
many other great seniors on that team including Jim Towns in the field
The 1964 team had a wonderful group of God-Gifted guys
including: Mike O'Rear, T.A. Moore, Carr McClendon, Jimmy Woods, David
Langley, Stan Belton, Dennis McClure, Mike Brewer, Steve White, and of
course, Fred Haynes. I recall seeing Fred run a 10 flat 100 yard dash and
finishing in a tie with Johnny Garlington and Gary Pappas in the
1964 regional meet. Perhaps the greatest accomplishment of that group
occurred one balmy evening in April of 1964 when Coach Jordan assembled Ted
Moore, Mike O'Rear, Carr McClendon, and Fred Haynes for the purpose of
setting an MHS record in the mile relay. This group of 4 never ran in a meet
because some members of it were occupied with other events. The time they
ran that night was 3:15.7. It was and still is a school record time for the
mile relay. Junior David Langley ran a 4:35 mile, coming close to the MHS
record of Ed Greer of 4:23.7 set at the 1961 New Orleans Meet of Champions.
Metric figures are now used in high school meets but the times of those
great runners would still do very well 45 years later.
But, more than facts and figures, what I recall about
Coach Steve Jordan was his unending commitment to his athletes and his drive
to have them excel. Perhaps his two most famous sayings were: "Push That
Button" and the short commentary he made to one and all regarding how to
lead his life. He told us all that no matter what job you did, you should do
it with the utmost of energy and always give your best.
The last time I saw Coach Jordan was at Fred Haynes'
funeral. Fred and Steve were good friends and Steve took Fred's death rather
hard. Steve came to LSUHSC Hospital each and every morning that Fred was
there as a patient.
I remember Coach Jordan saying what Coach Saban now says
in that during one's lifetime he/she will meet 5-10 special people that will
affect one's life. For me Coach Steve Jordan was one of those 10. During
life's tribulations his encouragement of "push that button" still works.
I remember riding home from LSU one weekend with Fred
Haynes and Mike Brewer as Mike had a car. Fred said then that whenever Coach
Jordan would call him, he(Fred) would start walking. I am betting that all
of his track athletes have the same feeling now 44 years later. A great
friend and mentor: Coach Steve Jordan.
REMEMBERING STEVE JORDAN THAT COACHED AT MINDEN AS A SPRINTER AT
Steve Jordan: Steve was a teammate of mine for three years at Northwestern
State. He was consistently our high point man as a sprinter and excelled in
the long jump. He ran both the 220 (then yards, not meters), the 100 yard
dash, and anchored (ran the last lap) on both the 440 and 880 relays. He
ran more than a few of the hundreds in 9.5 and 9.6 seconds. He consistently
long jumped in the 22 to 23 foot range. Steve had outstanding running form;
perfectly smooth with a marvelous running stride. He was 6' 2" tall and
weighed about 170 lbs. He hated workouts. Paridoxically when he became a
high school coach he really worked his kids hard and his championships
demonstrated his ability to develop superior teams.
I would like to have someone tell us about Steve's career as a coach.
-- Charlie Hennigan, class of 1952
THE STEVE JORDAN THAT COACHED AT MINDEN...FROM FAIR PARK IN SHREVEPORT...I
NOTICED THAT HE WAS A SPRINTER AT NORTHWESTERN...IF ...AS I REMEMBER A RACE
BETWEEN JORDAN AND JOHN DAVID CROW IN THE 100 YARD DASH AT HAUGHTON...IN THE
SPRING OF 54...THE ONLY TRACK MEET I EVER RAN IN (THANK GOD)...THERE WAS LOTS OF
ATTENTION TO THE RACE, WHICH WAS RUN ON A POOR TRACK FILLED WITH GRASS AND NO
STARTING BLOCKS....THE RACE ENDING IN TIE AT 10 FLAT...ON THE NEWER RUBBERIZED
TRACKS...THE SAME RACE WOULD HAVE BEEN 3 OR 4 TENTHS LOWER...THOSE OF US AT THE
MEET KNEW THAT JORDAN WAS THE BETTER OF THE TWO...BUT THE COMPETITOR THAT CROW
WAS....MADE A GOOD RACE OF IT.
JERRY FRASIER, CLASS OF 1955
Where is Coach Steve Jordan?
There are possibly two Steve Jordan's in Shreveport.
Steve Jordan, 9100 Walker Road, Shreveport, Louisiana
Steve Jordan, 4426 Tacoma Blvd. Shreveport, Louisiana
Submitted by Billy Hathorn, Class of 1966
September 18, 2008
We (MHS 1964 and 1965) are looking for Coach Steve Jordan. He was the head
track coach and an assistant football coach at MHS in the 1960's. None of
us have seen or heard from him since Fred Haynes' funeral. Coach
Jordan lived in Shreveport with his mother, but she died recently. Several
of his former track stars (Tommy Carey, Dennis McClure, and Mike Brewer)
have tried calling his home and cell phones. Both have been disconnected.
Even Freddie Louise Haynes has not heard from him, and he used call
regularly to check on Fred and her. We know his daughter Debbie lives
somewhere in Texas, but we do not know her married name. If anyone knows
the whereabouts of, or how to contact, Coach Steve Jordan, please e-mail
Claire Turner Fussell (email@example.com
We're beginning to worry about him. Thanks in advance for your help.
messages below were written before Sept. 18, 2008
Coach Steve Jordan is alive and well in Shreveport. He was at the funeral for
Fred Haynes and I and many others were able to speak with him. Fred and Steve Jordan had a special bond. Coach told
me that he visited Fred in the hospital every morning early. When he came to MHS track was a forgotten sport outside
of legendary Ed Greer, but when he left in 1964, he had led MHS to its first track championship and had set up the
nucleus for future state championship teams.
If there is anyone who would like to have an informal group meeting with
Coach Steve Jordan please contact me. at
There has been some discussion about doing this for the past couple of years
and yes, time is moving on.
Submitted by: T. D. Carey, Class of 1965
I was in Coach Jordan's civics class from 1962-1963. He was an "entertainer" who
held the students' interest, drawing laughter
like a comedian would expect through much of the class. His voice never
seemed to waver or lose energy at least not at the first hour class. I doubt that he was much over 25 years of age in 1962.
I remember that he was strongly for Richard Nixon for governor of California.
This was the semester that Nixon lost the race to Pat Brown, Jerry Brown's father. Actually, I don't remember his talking
about sports as much as he did politics. I later read that he had been elected to the Caddo Parish School Board.
It would be good for someone to give us an update on Coach Jordan.
Submitted by: Billy
Hathorn, Class of 1966
I would like to attend the informal meeting with Carey and Steve Jordan. I
ran with Steve at Northwestern. Steve was a great sprinter.
by: Charlie Hennigan, Class of 1953
If the Coach Jordan intervention takes place,
I'd like to be the token girl present(Unless my buddy Claire wants to guard my
back), to represent the gender and hold up our end of the debate. I cannot be
far removed from the truth when I say there will surely be some reminiscent
antics and poorly thought out possibly dangerous forays into the secret world of
MHS. A world of what used to be.... harmless little excursions into the
mystic. Now, we're all so old and senile, we can't remember where we buried
the time capsule 40 years ago.
Besides, I'd like to see my brotherTommy, and Charlie Hennigan, who will
probably be visiting with my older brother and good friend, Richard.
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