It’s a rare opportunity in a coach’s career to not only build one program into respectability, but two.
Six years after molding Catholic High of New Iberia into one of the state’s more respected Class 2A programs, one that included a state championship in 2001, David Jordan is returning to the scene of his greatest accomplishments.
For the past six seasons Jordan has coached at Erath, where the Bobcats were elevated to a district-championship caliber program and state playoff regular.
The 51-year-old Jordan said once he completes his teaching duties at Erath, he will begin to concentrate his efforts on summer workouts and summer ball at Catholic High, where he previously coached for 20 years.
“I hope this is my last stop,” Jordan said. “This is definitely a place I could finish it out and see my future. I love everything I see that’s going on at Catholic High, and that’s across the board.”
Jordan will take over for Tim Comeaux who announced his retirement from the school Monday. He served as Jordan’s successor and led Catholic-New I beria to a 128-61-1 record and five playoff appearances — highlighted by a Class 2A state runner-up finish in 2014.
The Panthers also earned a pair of state quarterfinal appearances under Comeaux. They were 15-12 this past season, falling to Doyle in the regional round of the playoffs.
“I thought Tim did a great job,” Jordan said of his former assistant. “Baseball is still big in New Iberia, and I’m all about that. You’re always going to have the community motivated to get out and work the game of baseball and push their kids to play high quality summer ball.”
Jordan, a native of the Orlando, Florida area, has continued to make New Iberia his home — a place he’s lived for the past 27 years — and is looking forward to breaking ground on a new home.
“I’m real excited about going back to where I started my coaching career,” Jordan said. “I know the place like the back of my hand. I missed it. I’m looking forward to getting back home.”
Jordan’s arrival at Erath, coupled with a new off-campus facility, propelled the Bobcats to new heights that included a pair of co-district championships, three runners-up finishes and five trips to the state playoffs.
Erath was 18-10 this season, the District 6-3A runner-up and fell to defending Class 3A state champion Evangel Christian Academy in the second round of the playoffs.
“I never left Catholic on bad terms, I left for my own choosing, which at a time in my life was mainly financial,” said Jordan, who coached his second son, Jesse, this season at Erath. “I’m leaving Erath on good terms as well, and again, it’s a personal decision. The timing’s kind of right.”