ALPHARETTA, Ga. — A familiar face in the Alpharetta community has been named the new girls varsity basketball coach. Rickey Jordan, who has served as the director of the Junior Raiders program for three years, will lead the Raiders girls program beginning in the 2019-20 season.
Jordan replaces David Walden who stepped down after four seasons. The Raiders compiled a 66-44 record under Walden and reached the playoffs three years.
Jordan has taught in the Alpharetta area for 16 years, including stints at Webb Bridge Middle, and said his experience as a local educator can serve him well in his new position.
“I’ve been involved with the Alpharetta community for a very long time,” Jordan said. “I know the community, the parents, the students, I know Alpharetta through and through and I became a man in this area. Besides bleeding Alpharetta’s colors, I’ve been around a lot of the players in the junior program, and I think my experience as an educator bodes well for what I hope to accomplish here.”
Jordan has set out two goals for the Raiders program. He said the first is to build relationships with his players, investing in them not just as athletes but as individuals.
Another goal is what he calls “grind time,” putting in the effort needed for a successful season and to continue Alpharetta’s success in recent years.
“That’s why we are getting into the gym,” Jordan said. “I’ll be here all summer and committed to getting in the gym and getting to work. I do feel we can be competitive in this region and take what we have and develop to get ourselves in a position to compete in the state tournament.”
The Raiders 2019-20 season will feature a host of new talent after graduating five seniors.
“They know they now have the opportunity to step up,” Jordan said. “We are into that 2019-20 season, and it’s time to build that excitement and that investment into each player.”
Jordan said he is a meticulous planner and will burn the midnight oil to develop a game plan for each Alpharetta matchup and communicate that plan with his team.
His attention to detail goes beyond the short term.
“I am really invested in the senior program and want to involve our junior program as well,” Jordan said. “That’s the foundation for our program moving forward. I want them to get as much training for the high school system as possible. For us, it’s really committing to the work we have ahead this season and investing in the future.”
There is no specific scheme Jordan and the Raiders will run next season, but the new head coach said he will tailor the squad to its strengths. He’s also excited to develop the team’s younger players who now have an opportunity to step up.
“I’m really excited for the year ahead and getting us moving in a positive direction,” Jordan said.