Elmer Jordan


Jordan was a graduate of the University of Idaho and was an outstanding varsity tennis player while in Vandalland. Taking up the coaching profession following his graduation in 1942, Jordan coached at Sandpoint, and then at West Frankfurt, Ill., before returning to Coeur d'Alene in 1945 where he started an illustrious career which spanned 23 years.

In 1947, he was invited to coach the first Idaho East-West All-Star football game in Boise. Two years later in 1949, he coached in the National All-Star basketball game in Kentucky. He was the leader of Coeur d’Alene athletics for 23 years as a coach and athletic director and led the basketball team to state titles in 1949 and 1963. Jordan has also been enshrined in the Idaho High School Activities Association Hall of Fame and the Inland Empire and Greater Spokane Sports Association Hall of Fame.

Jordan's basketball teams were outstanding during his tenure at Coeur d'Alene where he had a record of 425-183 on the court and also was an outstanding football coach, winning North Idaho titles four years in a row while coach­ing football for ten years. Jordan took many teams to the state tournament in basketball and won the state title twice in 1949 and 1963. He developed many outstanding athletes and citizens in his career, many going on to become outstanding college athletes.

Jordan was honored in 1969 by the Idaho Coaches Association with a special plaque for his outstanding service to Idaho athletics. School administrators, fellow coaches, students and parents were high in praise for Jordan when he retired from the coaching field. Jordan, his wife Virginia and son Brad, a student, still reside in Coeur d'Alene where he is associated with the Coeur d'Alene Realty Co.

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