Ryan Jordan named baseball coach
Crook County High School recently announced the hiring of Ryan Jordan as its new baseball head coach.
"We are glad to have him," said the school's athletic director, Rob Bonner. "He's worked with Mountain View and Summit high schools and worked with the Bend Bucks and the Bend Elks. He has a very extensive coaching resume. We are very excited for his experiences that he brings to us."
Bonner added that through camps and the Bend Bucks, Jordan has previously worked with several current and former CCHS athletes.
"I'm very excited about the summer work that he brings," Bonner said. "The summer teams and the camps that he's used to doing, so I think that will help bring us to another level."
That is one of Jordan's goals as well.
"We just want to create a culture of detail and hard work, and we want to create an environment where everybody has a job, and you know what your job is, and you do your job every day," he said. "We play to win a state championship. That's always what the goal is."
Jordan played baseball at Bend High School, then started his college baseball career at Lane Community College.
He then competed at the University of La Verne in Los Angeles County, where he was an all-league performer, catching and playing first base.
Since then, Jordan has been an assistant coach for the Mountain View Cougars and the Summit Storm, as well as working with both the Bend Bucks and Bend Elks. In 2013, he was the head coach of the Bucks. He is also well known around central Oregon for his summer travel teams and for running baseball camps.
Jordan has hired former CCHS and North Dakota State player J.D. Larimer as one of his assistant coaches, and the team is already running voluntary workouts at the batting cages and outside when weather permits.
"We just want to win every pitch," Jordan said. "We want to really focus on breaking down moments and getting small victories throughout the game, and that builds us into a state championship long term. I think the main thing is we just want to be a program that does things the right way all the time, no matter who is watching — we do things the right way."
Jordan replaces Kramer Croisant, who led the Cowboys to the first round of the state playoffs a year ago.
Croisant resigned earlier this winter after taking the head coaching job at Sisters High School. His wife works in the Sisters School District, and Croisant felt that made Sisters High School a better long-term fit for his family.
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