Jordan records 500th coaching win

Posted 2/28/2020

North Paulding coach Dennis Jordan became the latest member of the 500-win club Friday night.

 

Jordan records 500th coaching victory

North Paulding High School baseball coach Dennis Jordan didn't say much.

But somewhere you knew Friday night's 8-0 victory over DeSoto (Miss.) Central on a cold night in the prestigious LaGrange Invitational which gave the longtime coach his 500th career victory meant something to him.

"It does, but like I've always said, I've been blessed with a lot of good people in my life," Jordan said. "God has blessed me with good health to be able to do what I do and great people, administrators who have allowed me to do things the way I do. I've also had some great assistants along the way."

Mitchell Heer threw 6 1/3 innings of two-hit baseball and struck out eight before Logan Lynch worked the final two outs to preserve the victory. Marco Colina smacked a three-run homer, while Heer went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs to lead the offense. Dylan Rhadans went 2-for-2 with an RBI to pace the eight-hit attack.

Jordan was thankful he avoided the traditional Gatorade shower, but his team did give him the game ball after the victory. Every player signed it.

The legendary coach and recently inducted Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Famer entered the 2020 season seven wins shy of the elusive mark. After his Wolfpack started the season with losses to nationally-ranked Blessed Trinity and Tattnall Square in the first weekend of the Georgia Dugout Club Tournament at Lake Point Sports, North Paulding has won seven straight to help Jordan become the 32nd baseball coach in state history to notch 500 or more wins.

"Those wins are important, but in our world today, if we can help the players become wonderful young men, that means more to me than anything else," he said.

Jordan has head coaching stops at Walton, Kell and North Paulding. He guided Walton to its first state baseball title in 1992 as well as state runner-up finishes in 1991 and '96. After a seven-year break from high school coaching in 2012, he returned and has been the only coach in North Paulding's history.

After Friday night's victory, his career coaching mark stands at 500-198.