Randy Jordan is returning to coaching with one goal in mind: to win a state championship.

Jordan has been named as the new boys' basketball coach at St. Croix Central. He brings a wealth of coaching success at the high school and college level. Jordan retired from coaching in 2016 at Stillwater High School. He had a 114-80 coaching record at Stillwater, in what he thought was the end of his 35-year coaching career.

Jordan has an incredible coaching resume. Originally from North Dakota, he coached at Presentation College in Aberdeen, S.D., where his teams lost two NAIA national championship games. He coached teams at Rapid City, S.D. and St. Cloud (Minn.) Tech, taking teams to state championship games.

Through his career, Jordan has coached teams to seven high school state tournaments and five small college national tournaments.

"I'm still waiting for that championship," he said,

Jordan retired from coaching in 2016 to pursue administrative options. Two years ago, he was asked to help coach some Stillwater youth teams.

"It rejuvenated me," Jordan said of the opportunity to teach younger players the proper fundamental skills. Last year, Jordan moved up and was an assistant coach for the Stillwater High School boys' team.

Jordan said he is currently looking for someone to coach the Panther C team next winter.

One of Jordan's assistant coaches will be Roger Stippel. Stippel also has more than 30 years of coaching experience. He was an assistant coach in the New Richmond boys' basketball program the past two seasons. He has also coached in the New Richmond football and softball programs. He retired from teaching last fall. He taught and coached in Stillwater for more than 20 years.

Stippel has high respect for Jordan. It was Stippel who suggested that Jordan get back into varsity coaching and apply for the Central coaching position.

"Randy is a brilliant basketball mind. He's a disciplinarian, he knows his fundamentals," Stippel said.

Jordan said Stippel gave him a strong recommendation of the work ethic at Central.

"Roger thought the Central kids were very gritty and tough," Jordan said.

The Central boys will get tested this summer. Central will have a team in the Stillwater summer league, where they will be facing teams from larger schools around the metro area.

The new coaching staff is getting started right away working with the Panthers. The coaches were meeting with the players on Monday for one of their five summer contact days, leading into playing in the Stillwater league on Tuesday.

Turpin leaves Central

Jordan replaced Zach Turpin, whose coaching contract wasn't renewed after the 2018-19 season. Turpin has decided to leave Central and has accepted a teaching position at River Falls High School.