DECATUR — The search for a new LSA football coach came to an end Friday, with Jordan Hopman announced as the Lions' head football coach.
This will be Hopman's first head coaching position after serving as a longtime assistant coach at the high school and college levels. He is currently the defensive coordinator at Peotone High School and has previous experience on the other side of the ball as offensive coordinator at Tinley Park.
Peotone, a Class 3A program, finished 4-5 last season after a 9-2 performance in the 2017 season.
As a player, Hopman was a four-year letterman at strong safety and linebacker at Concordia University-Chicago from 2002-2005 and then became an assistant coach at Concordia.
“LSA is excited to hire Jordan Hopman. We are looking forward to the passion and enthusiasm that he will bring to the program," LSA Athletic Director Kurt Younghouse said in a statement released Friday. "He has coached every facet of the game and now gets to utilize those experiences to lead our program to the next level. Jordan is excited to get started and start working on relationships with players at Mount Pulaski and the Lutheran School Association.”
Hopman wasn't actively searching for a new position but the LSA opportunity was too enticing.
"(My wife and I) really feel God has put this job in front of me to near where my wife grew up, she’s a Warrensburg-Latham grad, and we have family there," Hopman said. "Everything fit together perfectly. My philosophy in football, my philosophy in how to maintain a program, and how to build relationships with kids, and most importantly my faith, which I hope to be able to incorporate that into our system as a whole."
Hopman inherits a 5-4 team from last season and replaces Craig Bundy, who resigned after five seasons and a 26-22 record with the Lions. Bundy recently joined the MacArthur football staff as the offensive coordinator for next season.
Bundy will continue to oversee the Athletic Performance Training program that he established at LSA.
"Coach Bundy is going to stay on and work with the athletes and work with Coach Hopman and show him what we have been doing and I think when Jordan feels comfortable he will take the reigns in a year or two," Younghouse said of the training program. "They have been in great communication with one another and I think Craig’s really excited about bringing Jordan on board that will continue what Coach Bundy has started."
Hopman's talks with Bundy sold LSA to him.
"(Coach Bundy's) experience at all the different levels and the way he talked about LSA and the administration and families, even before I went into the interview I knew this was the job that I really wanted," Hopman said. "LSA has been nothing short of incredible in the support they have given me and my family and I'm so looking forward to getting in there and hopefully providing kids with the same opportunities that they received under Coach Bundy."