NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee State men’s basketball coach Dana Ford announced the hiring of assistants Randy Peele and Pierre Jordan on Wednesday.
Peele becomes Ford’s associate head coach after 29 years of coaching experience at seven different universities including Saint Michael’s, Tennessee-Martin, Campbell, UNCG, Winthrop, Virginia Tech and most recently, Georgia Southern.
Peele coached at UNCG between 1995 and 1999, taking the Spartans to the NCAA Tournament in his first year with 20 wins. He also spent five seasons at Winthrop, and when head coach Gregg Marshall left for a position at Wichita State, Peele was promoted to lead the Eagles where he won the Big South Regular Season and Tournament Championship during the 2007-08 season. Winthrop also won the league’s tournament in 2009-10 for his third appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
“We are very fortunate to add someone with the pedigree, loyalty and expertise of Randy to our program. Having led three teams to the NCAA tournament as a head coach he has an understanding of the type of student athletes that we must recruit, coach and mentor in order to get our program to the level that we all aspire,” Ford said.
Ford also raided Georgia Southern for Jordan, who will serve as another of the team’s assistant coaches this season. Jordan will work with the guards and his job duties include recruiting, player development, scouting and academic assistance.
Jordan played basketball in the Atlantic Coast Conference for Florida State and Georgia Tech from 2008 to 2013. He was named to the Academic Honor Roll each of his two years at Tech and was a member of three NCAA Tournament teams at Florida State, helping the Seminoles advanced to the Sweet 16 of the 2011 NCAA Tournament and the championship game of the ACC Tournament for the first time in school history in 2009.
He graduated from FSU in three years and a summer session, earning his bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary social studies.
“Pierre comes to us highly recommended by many in the basketball circles across the country. He is a young energetic coach who does a great job of relating to today's student athlete. He has been around basketball his entire life as the son of one of the premier AAU coaches in the Southeast region,” Ford said.