SPOTLIGHT: LAKEPOINT SKILLS COACH WALTER JORDAN
Walter Jordan, formerly a Division-I basketball standout at Purdue University, is the focus of this week’s feature spotlight. Coach Jordan also played many seasons as a professional in the NBA, CBA, WBA and Spanish League. After finishing his playing career, Walt decided to stay around the game by becoming a coach and mentor. He now serves as the Head Coach and Executive Director of Team Impact, Inc. (an amateur youth basketball program), but also heads up LakePoint’s Basketball Training programs. Coach Jordan currently offers two year-round training programs: the Skills Academy and Shot Club. See below for a Q&A session with Coach Jordan and learn more about his background as well as his basketball training here at LakePoint.
How did you get into coaching?
At 28 years old, while playing professionally in the CBA (Toronto, CN), I was offered the head coaching job and opportunity to become the first ever player-coach in the CBA. Though I turned it down, it seemed to stick in my mind. I would later find out that it would become my passion and a ministry to use hoops to help change young people’s lives.
What is your favorite basketball memory or accomplishment you’ve received over your playing and/or coaching career?
Simply just growing up in a “basketball-crazy,” Indiana environment and having been blessed to have played for Hall of Fame coaches Phil Jackson, George Karl, Bill Mussellman, Denny Crum and others. I ultimately was, and still am, very confident and prepared to share and teach what was shared with me by these amazing individuals.
Who is your favorite athlete of all time?
Who is your favorite basketball team of all time?
Larry Bird’s Boston Celtics, Coach Wooden’s UCLA teams and David Thompson’s North Carolina State teams
Tell us a little bit about your LP Skills Academy and Shot Club…
The goal of my Skills Academy is to improve each athlete’s FUNDAMENTALS. It doesn’t matter if you’re a recreational player, or an All-Star in the NBA- each player works daily to improve their fundamentals. They are the building blocks for your overall basketball game and skillset. Another key aspect I focus on in teaching my players is their knowledge of the game, or “basketball I.Q.” Knowing how to play the game, and how to maximize your specific strengths is vital to basketball success.
What is one thing you would like to relay to our readers who are youth basketball players?
Become your worst critic.
After buying into the vision, seeing the blueprints, and joining the LakePoint family over a year ago, it has been amazing to see the progress and this incredible indoor facility grow! Being blessed to lived and played all over the world, I have yet to see any come close to our player, coach, and fan-friendly state-of-the-art pavilion. Every serious hoops player and coach really owes it to themselves to experience the experience.