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Jefferson Basketball Coach Stu Ordman Leaves For Regina

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CEDAR RAPIDS -- This was not an April Fool's Day joke.

Stu Ordman announced in an e-mail Tuesday morning that he has resigned as head boys' basketball coach at Cedar Rapids Jefferson to take the same position at Iowa City Regina. That's leaving the best Class 4A conference in the state for a job at a 2A school.

It turned out to be true, not a hoax.

"I have been at Jefferson for 17 years," Ordman said Tuesday afternoon. "Sometimes change is good. Certainly the boys at Regina are very competitive at multiple sports. You have elementary-school and middle-school programs that feed directly into the school, which gives you a golden opportunity to build a strong, consistent high-school program."

Ordman, who will remain as a physical education-wellness teacher at Jefferson, said another factor in his decision was to allow associate head coach Brandon Horman the opportunity to apply for and potentially take over the J-Hawks program. He considers Horman to be a rising star in the coaching community.

Jefferson went 230-162 and made it to the state tournament four years under Ordman, in 1999, 2010, 2011 and 2012. His wife, Ginny, teaches at Iowa City West and the couple lives in Iowa City, which is another plus to the move.

"During the 17 years I have served as head coach I have had the honor of working with hard-working, considerate and competitive young men and their families," he said. "And a faculty, administration and student body that has shown great support. I feel very fortunate to have had this opportunity."

Ordman replaces Randy Larson, whose contract was not renewed. Regina returns most of its players from a 19-4 team that lost in the district finals this past season to Mount Vernon, including leading scorer and all-stater Drew Cook.

"We were looking to hire the best coach possible," said Regina Athletics Director Bret Jones. "We had a very strong pool of candidates. I was surprised. We are so excited to have Stu join us.

"He is a man of character, a man of high integrity. He will make us proud of our program."

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