The past couple months have been a whirlwind for Jordan Mathis.
In May, Mathis, a 2011 graduate of Greer High School, completed her undergraduate studies in biology at Carson-Newman (Tenn.) University. In June, she was named the head coach of the Blue Ridge High School girls basketball team.
Mathis replaced Byron Hardy, who resigned after seven seasons to take an administrative position at Lakeview Middle School.
“We found out the last week of school that Coach Hardy (would be leaving),” said Blue Ridge athletic director Shane Clark. “Jordan Mathis brings a ton of enthusiasm and energy. She has a great knowledge of the game, and we are looking forward to the relationships she can build with the kids. We are excited to see where she can take us.”
Mathis, an all-state point guard at Greer, led the Yellow Jackets to the third round of the Class AAA playoffs as a senior.
“Although this is my first head coaching job, I’ve been around basketball all of my life,” Mathis said. “I played basketball at Greer High School, helped coach multiple AAU teams and spent time as a student trainer at Carson-Newman.
“At Carson-Newman, I was around athletes from all over the world. They all had different backgrounds and personalities. As a student trainer, I helped not only physically but mentally prepare the athletes for competition. I think that experience will help me as a head coach.”
Mathis said her familiarity with the program should be an advantage. She has one sister, Ross, who was a standout at Blue Ridge (Class of 2014) and is now playing at Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.) University and another, Klayton, who is in the middle school program.
“I am very familiar with the girls,” she said.
Mathis said her experience as a point guard also will be helpful in her new role.
“As a point guard, you have to know what all of the other players are doing,” she said. “You have to be a leader and make the big decisions on the court.
“Overall, we have a very young team. I am excited because we have a lot of potential. My main goal is for the girls to be successful. I want the girls to become better basketball players as well as better members of the community.”