Jordan to lead Oakman softball, volleyball programs
by W. Brian Hale
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Former Curry High School standout Whitney Jordan is the new volleyball and softball coach at Oakman High School. Jordan coached softball at Dora High School last season. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Former Curry High School standout Whitney Jordan is the new volleyball and softball coach at Oakman High School. Jordan coached softball at Dora High School last season. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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OAKMAN — Whitney Jordan has set high expectations for the young ladies she leads as the new coach of the Oakman Wildcats volleyball and softball program. She knows exactly what she wants from her team — hard work and dedication.

Jordan, a former standout at Curry and Athens State, brings plenty of experience to both roles after previous stops at Walker and Dora — experience she intends to use for shaping the Wildcats into one of the top volleyball and softball programs in the state.

Among the changes she is eager to promptly implement are an intensive strength and conditioning program designed to make her players better suited for the rigors of a full season of play.

“When I arrived here, there wasn’t a workout program and that obviously lends concerns to the condition of the girls at this point,” Jordan said. “I’m hoping to bring in a good workout program to get our girls stronger. The mindset and the level of play of the players is also something I want to work on — I tell them everyday to not let an opposing team outwork them today. We don’t want to leave the court feeling like we didn’t get any better.”

With Jordan’s extensive background in softball, the volleyball aspect of her coaching is still a work in process. Nonetheless, Jordan is ready to push her teams to do their very best.

“Anyone who knows me will tell you that softball is my chief sport. I was introduced to volleyball at Walker under coaches Glenda Wright and Randy Stracner, then with Kimber Sanford at Dora last year, who all taught me a great deal — but I am still learning. Thus far we’ve seen a lot of enthusiasm — we attended a camp at UAB in July. We won our division at the camp — so we have stuck to that rotation and the girls are really buying into the system. Hopefully we’ll continue to see improvement and strong play as the season progresses.”

Jordan, who spent 2011 at Walker High School and last year at Dora High School, was hired by Oakman Principal Patrick Gann earlier this month.

“I’m very thankful to Mr. (Patrick) Gann for the opportunity and for my great support system of amazing friends and family,” she said.

Jordan takes over for former coach Jeremy Brown, who is stepping back from the position. Brown is also an assistant coach with the Oakman football team.