Grossmont College community mourns death of former coach

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The Grossmont College community was saddened to learn of the tragic deaths of former football head coach Dave Jordan and his wife, Jean, in their East County home.

The Grossmont College community was saddened to learn of the tragic deaths of former football head coach Dave Jordan and his wife, Jean, in their East County home.

Jordan spent 36 years at Grossmont College as an assistant and coach. He was head coach from 1971 to 1978, then left coaching until he returned to Grossmont College as an assistant in 1981. He again was named head coach in 1990, serving until his retirement in 2006. During his time as head coach, the Grossmont Griffins compiled a 135-89-9 overall record, brought home state and national football championships in 2005, and a state championship in 1974.

In 2012, he was inducted into the California Community College Football Coaches Hall of Fame. He was named National Coach of the Year in 2005, was also twice named State Coach of the Year, and was selected by his peers eight times as Conference Coach of the Year.

“We mourn the loss of Dave Jordan, who had a deep passion for helping students, both on the football field and in life,” said Grossmont College President Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh. “He helped build Grossmont College’s football program into a nationally ranked team and transformed the lives of many young men.”

The team’s current head coach is Jordan’s son, Mike; he took over as head coach in 2006.

To respect his privacy and so that team members are not distracted, the team’s practice sessions are closed to the press and public until further notice.

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