PORTLAND, Ore. – Lewis & Clark College Director of Physical Education & Athletics Shana Levine has named Asha Jordan as the new head coach for the women's basketball program.
"I am truly honored to be named the head women's basketball coach at Lewis & Clark," Jordan said. "I want to thank Athletic Director Shana Levine and the entire search committee for believing in me. This program has established an expectation of excellence and I couldn't be more excited to carry the torch."
Jordan comes to Lewis & Clark with an impressive resume that includes the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, Pepperdine University, and, most recently, Occidental College. While at Occidental, Jordan assisted in all facets of the program and excelled at promoting the Division III experience.
"I am proud to announce Asha as the newest member of our Pio team," Levine said. "Asha was a very impressive candidate. The depth of knowledge and preparation that she demonstrated during the process was outstanding. She is clearly passionate about being the next head women's basketball coach at Lewis & Clark."
"Her vision for the program, combined with her outgoing personality and strong Division III background, will allow her to be a successful recruiter for the college and someone we will be proud to have represent our institution. I know Asha will serve as a fantastic role model for all our student-athletes."
Prior to joining Occidental, Jordan served as the Director of Women's Basketball Operations at Pepperdine. In that role, she oversaw the support staff, collaborated with the coaching staff on offensive, defensive and player development, and assisted in the management of the program's operating budget.
Jordan began her coaching career as an assistant at Anderson University in South Carolina. Following her time at Anderson, Jordan served as a special projects intern for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). She then became a volunteer assistant for Winthrop University, where she aided in scouting, film breakdown, play diagramming, recruiting, and team travel coordination.
As a player, Jordan began her career at Albany University and the University of Southern Indiana before she transferred to Occidental College. While at Occidental, Jordan was a two-year captain and led the Tigers to two SCIAC titles and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2009.
"It was at Oxy that I came to fully understand all the nuances of a liberal arts education," Jordan said. "I loved being challenged in the classroom but also being able to explore subjects in a way that spoke to my interests – such as basketball. It is this wholeness and connectivity that makes a small, liberal arts college truly special. Division III changed my life and it's where my heart is. It is my job to serve the student-athletes, the community, and the institution, and I'm excited to do that at Lewis & Clark."
Jordan graduated from Occidental with a degree in economics and earned a masters degree in youth development leadership from Clemson University in 2011.