April 26, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Lost amidst the din of the Cal State Northridge softball team's 5-3 come-from-behind victory over UC Riverside Sunday was that Matador Head Coach Barbara Jordan earned her 200th career victory. With the win, Jordan becomes only the 10th coach in Big West Conference history to achieve the milestone.
"I have been fortunate to work with a lot of great student-athletes and this achievement is a testament to all the hard work we put in," said Jordan. "It is a nice accomplishment and there are a lot of people I have worked with who helped get me there."
Jordan now stands at 200-183-1 in her eight-plus seasons at the helm of the Matador program and is 79-79 in Big West play. She also served as an assistant coach for the Matadors during the 2000 and 2001 seasons.
With the 5-3 win over the Highlanders, the Matadors completed the series sweep and improved to 27-17 overall and 7-8 in Big West Conference play. The 27 victories are the most by a CSUN softball team since the 2004 squad won 35.
In February, Jordan was named to the USA Softball Coaching Pool for 2009-2012. The appointment is the second time Jordan has been selected for the honor. With Team USA, Jordan was part of a staff that helped win the 2007 ISF Junior Women's World Championships in The Netherlands and also helped lead the Junior National Squad to the 2006 Junior Women's Pan American Championships in Puerto Rico (Nov. 10-18).
Jordan returned to the Matadors in 2000 after being a member of three Northridge NCAA Division II National Championship teams (1984, 1985 and 1987). As an outfielder, Jordan was a three-time All-American (1985-1987) and a two-time Most Valuable Player in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (1985 and 1986). Jordan earned All-West Region honors three seasons (1985-1987) and made first team All-CCAA every year. In her final season as a Matador in 1987, she was honored as the Cal State Northridge Athlete of the Year.
Jordan still tops two Matador career categories; at-bats with 822 and games played with 269. She also ranks second in stolen bases (82), hits (259) and runs (167). Her all-time batting average of .315 ranks her 11th among Northridge career leaders. Jordan is tied for first in most games played in a season with 80 in 1985 and holds the mark for most at-bats in a season when she had 262 that year. She also holds three spots in the season leader charts in stolen bases and two spots in runs scored and led her team in batting average in 1984 (.268), 1985 (.259) and 1986 (.397). Jordan was inducted into the Matador Hall of Fame in 1995.