By J. Thomas McNamara, Sports Editor
“Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care…”
That’s one of Jordan Hopman’s philosophies, who is about to embark on taking over the LSA football program from retired head coach Craig Bundy.
Hopman brings 13 years of prep and college coaching experience as an assistant with him to the Lions.
He comes to LSA from Peotone where he’s been defensive coordinator for three years. Before going to Peotone he spent three years at Tinley Park in these capacities–offensive coordinator and as offensive backs coach/special teams coordinator. Interestingly, he was assistant coach/special teams coordinator at Peotone from 2011 to 2012 before heading off to Tinley Park and then back to Peotone.
Hopman also assisted in football at Concordia University as assistant coach and video tech coordinator.
Athletic Director Kurt Younghouse is excited and thrilled to have someone with Hopman’s coaching credentials to succeed Bundy and continue the Lions tradition of success on the field.
Hopman was chosen from a qualified field of candidates, Younghouse informed. When he coached at Concordia, he worked for then head coach Lonnie Priehs, who is now athletic director and head football coach at Concordia in Ann Arbor, MI.
In announcing Hopman’s hiring, AD Younghouse said, “Coach Hopman’s mission at LSA is to help his players develop ‘the Heart of a Lion.’ That is, in all aspects of life–academically, socially, athletically and spiritually–we will go as hard as we can for as long as we can maintain that output.
“We want to teach our players that we can get better every single day, if we give everything that we have within ourselves…More importantly is that we carry these lessons over to our decisions that we make in social circles, our preparation for life upon graduation earing the most outstanding academic degree in the area from LSA and, most importantly, to prepare them for life as a virtuous Christian men,” concluded Younghouse in his statement about the hiring of Hopman, who played football for 14 years himself, including four years at as a Concordia University, Chicago letterman.
He and his wife Susanna, have two children–Melvin and Margaret.
I will have more on this developing story in a future print edition of the Decatur Tribune.