On March 1 The Mount Ethereal Information printed an article on the newest inductees for the Higher Mount Ethereal Sports activities Corridor of Fame.
The Class of 2020 is the youngest ever with all 4 athletes competing in highschool throughout the previous 11 years. Nevertheless, with all of the accolades earned, it could be very onerous to say any of them haven’t earned the respect.
This yr’s induction program initially was scheduled for April 19 on the Andy Griffith Playhouse, however was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Becoming a member of Tyler Hull, Kirsten Parries and Matus Kriska on this yr’s class is a younger lady identified for her talents in each basketball and working: Jordan Hiatt.
Jordan is now dwelling and dealing in Georgia, so catching her for a chat might be troublesome.
Jordan graduated from Mount Ethereal Excessive College in 2012, a yr behind her large sister, Taylor. The 2 had been the leaders of the Woman Bears’ basketball workforce.
Taylor mentioned this week, “Once I first acquired the decision from Jo about her getting inducted, I used to be so proud and shocked. I might be mendacity if I didn’t say I used to be even jealous. Getting inducted actually attests to all of the onerous work she put in through the years.”
Wanting again on their days at MAHS, Taylor recalled of Jordan, “She was concerned in highschool in a number of golf equipment, spoke to everybody and made a reputation for herself, aside from the ‘Hiatt sisters,’ as so many individuals name us.”
Close to the top of her senior yr, her highschool coach, Howard Mayo, identified that Jordan was extra than simply an athlete. She served on Mount Ethereal’s scholar council all 4 years, he famous. “She is a well-rounded child.”
Jordan mentioned she was in scholar authorities for the reason that fourth grade. Throughout her senior yr she was vice chairman and was happy that her good buddy Maddie Gardner (now a TV information character for WFMY-Channel 2) was class president.
She made the Profession Technical Schooling Honor Society by the top of her junior yr.
Jordan not solely performed basketball at an all-region stage, she was an all-conference performer in cross nation and observe and certified for state championships in each solo and relay occasions.
In November 2011, Jordan and her mother and father invited The Information to MAHS for her announcement of which scholarship provide she had accepted for basketball.
Mother Bridgette ticked off the names of the various colleges that provided a scholarship to her daughter: Eckerd, Elon, East Tennessee State, Georgia Southern, Nova Southeastern, UNC-Asheville and UNC-Pembroke.
Jordan picked Lenoir-Rhyne earlier than the beginning of her senior season, and what a senior yr it was.
The excellence began earlier than the basketball season.
Jordan completed second within the Northwest Convention (to fellow Class of 2020 inductee Kirsten Parries) in cross nation. Then the teammates completed first and second once more on the Midwest 1A Regionals.
On the State 1A Championship, Parries received gold and Hiatt completed twenty second — not unhealthy for a runner some thought was solely competing to get in form for basketball.
Going into basketball, Jordan confronted excessive expectations. As a junior, she led the Bears with 13.2 factors and 81% foul taking pictures. She additionally led the workforce in assists (3.6) and steals (2.9) and was second in three-point taking pictures (36%).
Coach Mayo mentioned at the same time as a junior together with her older sister as senior captain, Jordan typically addressed the workforce earlier than video games and through timeouts.
“Having Jordan on the workforce means your finest participant is your hardest employee,” mentioned Mayo. “She expects folks to work onerous as a result of she does. It’s invaluable to have somebody like that. … She understands what must be carried out out on the ground. She backs up that together with her effort each within the recreation and in apply.”
Jordan upped her scoring common from 13 to 17 factors per recreation, whereas additionally bettering her assists, rebounds and steals.
Within the Northwest Convention Event (when it was nonetheless a break up 1A/2A occasion), Jordan was sensational in main the Bears to wins over reigning state champion Bishop McGuinness and rival North Surry.
Jordan was named to the all-tournament workforce and all-conference workforce. She was named most excellent participant of the match and he or she beat out North’s Morgan Midkiff and East Surry’s Keri Fulp for participant of the yr.
Two months after the match, the Winston-Salem Journal introduced its All-Northwest basketball workforce. The publication mentioned Jordan and Midkiff made the workforce. Jordan took the highest spot in voting by space coaches, and thus was given the 2012 Mary Garber Award.
“What I’ll all the time keep in mind from Jordan was that she hated to lose,” Mayo mentioned on the time of the announcement. “She actually pushed different folks to dwell as much as that commonplace. On our workforce, whereas she was not the largest lady so far as bodily stature, she had a giant coronary heart, and that was by no means extra evident in that she led the workforce with fees drawn with 15.”
Mayo mentioned her nice demeanor might be deceptive. “She is difficult to intimidate. She is an excellent competitor, and that’s one purpose she has been so profitable, and her groups have. She conjures up her teammates to maintain up and do the identical factor.”
Hiatt developed into a pacesetter who helped the Bears to no less than 21 victories in every of her 4 seasons.
Observe and subject
With basketball over, and school ready, Jordan might have coasted to commencement, however as a substitute she selected to run observe within the spring.
On the Northwest Convention Championship, Jordan took third place within the excessive soar and first place within the 800 meters seconds forward of buddy and all-state tennis star Davi Barbour. Parries took first place within the 1600 and 3200 meters. Alex Mayes took first place within the 400 meters.
With these 4 exhibiting such nice velocity, think about what sort of relay workforce they may make within the 4×800 meters?
The 4 took first place in a time of 10:05, then completed second on the Midwest Regionals with the same time.
On the state championship, Jordan completed sixth within the state within the 400 meters, Barbour was fourth within the 800 meters, and Parries received gold within the 3200.
Within the 4×800, Barbour set off with a blistering tempo, then got here Mayes giving it her all because it was her solely occasion of the day. Jordan pushed onerous by means of her leg and handed off to Parries.
Within the remaining stretch, Parries made up floor and lunged forward on the end line to take gold.
The relay workforce was a whopping 23 seconds quicker than the 2 earlier races and set a state file for the occasion.
Jordan would proceed that part-time job at Lenoir-Rhyne.
As a sophomore she helped on the observe workforce. She got here out on the Beynon Sports activities Catamount Traditional and completed seventh within the excessive soar and helped the 4x400m relay workforce to a tenth place end.
Per week later on the South Atlantic Convention Championship, the 4×400 relay workforce minimize 8 seconds off its time to take bronze within the convention. Individually she completed ninth in excessive soar and twelfth within the 800 meters (with a time 4 seconds quicker than the week earlier than and eight seconds quicker than the week earlier than that).
In her principal sport, Jordan was named to the convention all-freshman basketball workforce in 2013. That didn’t imply it was a straightforward transition.
Requested what it was like transferring to a school workforce, she mentioned, “It was superior, however after all I used to be additionally a little bit naïve to what it truly meant to be a collegiate student-athlete. Everybody on my workforce got here from nice highschool packages and had seen success of their previous.
“It was aggressive, it was thrilling, nevertheless it additionally got here with onerous instances – adjusting to adversity, not having acquainted folks round me, and being a little bit bit outdoors of my consolation zone if I wasn’t enjoying the purpose guard place.
“In all, the adjustment didn’t take lengthy largely to my teammates and the teaching workers. I knew that at Lenoir-Rhyne, I used to be at residence and it was such a terrific feeling to know that on my onerous days, I had folks there to choose me up.”
The Bears workforce earned a bid to the NCAA Event in 2013, and in 2014 Lenoir-Rhyne hosted the NCAA Regionals with a #1 seed. It was additionally in 2014 when Lenoir-Rhyne was topped South Atlantic Convention Co-Champions.
When requested a couple of most memorable recreation, she talked about that sophomore yr.
“Once we performed Clayton State on their residence courtroom,” she mentioned.
“They had been ranked #7 within the nation on the time and it was the sport proper earlier than Christmas break. It was additionally the identical day that our soccer workforce was enjoying for the DII Nationwide Championship – there was quite a lot of pleasure and motivation constructed round that day. We ended up beating Clayton State and occurring to win our convention that very same yr. The season was stuffed with highs and lows, however with the ability to work with that group each single day and are available out on high was such an carrying out feeling.”
Jordan was chosen to be a workforce captain for her junior and senior years.
As a senior, Jordan was injured and solely began 12 of 27 video games. Her taking pictures and playmaking suffered; she shot just under 30% from lengthy vary and averaged lower than two assists a recreation. Evaluate that to her junior yr when she shot a good 32.5% from deep, handed out 3.1 assists per recreation, and had 2.9 rebounds and 1.0 steals.
Nonetheless, she did have just a few good video games alongside the best way.
Jordan mentioned she was named convention participant of the week twice and as soon as was named nationwide participant of the week.
She graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne College within the spring of 2016 with a bachelor’s diploma in Sports activities Administration and a minor in enterprise.
Jordan was part of the Dean’s Checklist from 2014-2016 and was on the South Atlantic Convention Commissioners Honor Roll for all 4 years.
She was a member of the Arktos Chapter of Mortar Board Senior Honor Society the place she served at vice chairman, a member of Chi Alpha Sigma Pupil-Athlete Honor Society the place she served as secretary, and was a ladies’s basketball consultant for the Pupil Athletic Advisory Committee.
“I went in to varsity desirous to be an elementary schooling trainer and got here out desirous to be a university coach,” Jordan mentioned.
From 2017-19 she studied by means of Clemson College and accomplished a grasp’s diploma in athletic management in 2019.
On the identical time, Jordan was pulling double responsibility. She spent one yr as a graduate assistant for the College of Indianapolis ladies’s basketball workforce. Whereas there she was chargeable for many facets of this system, together with logistics, teachers, camps, and recruiting.
Then she spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Presbyterian School, the Blue Hose.
Jordan accomplished the “So You Need To Be A Coach” program provided by means of the WBCA and attended the Girls’s Last 4 in Indianapolis one season.
“I did what I wished to do and made probably the most wonderful relationships alongside the best way. It was humbling to go from participant to teach so shortly, however I’m grateful for the transition and the expansion I made throughout that point, not solely as a coach however as an individual. It was such a pleasure to be on the opposite facet and watch younger ladies obtain their objectives on and off of the basketball courtroom, even after they graduate.”
In Could of this yr she accepted a job as coordinator of enrollment administration at Mercer College in Macon, Georgia.
“By highschool, school and even now, she’s remained humble and grateful for each alternative life has given her and each award she’s acquired,” mentioned Taylor Hiatt. “She makes me so proud to be her sister. It’ll be an honor to observe her identify be positioned within the HOF. That’s one thing our household will keep in mind perpetually.”
When requested about her household, Jordan mentioned, “I don’t even assume I can start to summarize what all their help did for me throughout my enjoying days into teaching. Regardless of the space, I might all the time rely on my mother and father to both be at video games or watching on-line. They had been all the time there to present my recommendation, decide my head up, or rejoice after a win. Their help meant the world to me, particularly after I determined to pack up and transfer to Indiana one week after school commencement.
“Understanding that that they had my again, figuring out that they supported me and the dream that I used to be chasing, it truly nonetheless to today makes me tear up. There have been quite a lot of sacrifices made all through the years, and I don’t assume I ever gave myself time to appreciate that till I moved a airplane journey away.”
Jordan mentioned she might go on and on in regards to the relationships shaped by means of her time in sports activities, each as a participant and as a coach.
“My first boss, Kristin Wodrich, is somebody I nonetheless lean on to today,” she mentioned. “She’s all the time fast to reply a cellphone name or textual content, even with a brand new child. She’s a buddy, a sister in Christ, and an all-around real particular person. My finest buddies come from my enjoying and my teaching days.
“Leaving teaching was not straightforward, however I’m very grateful of the relationships that I acquired to remove from it.”
In truth, she mentioned teaching is how she met her boyfriend whereas at Presbyterian School. Sumner is now an assistant coach for the soccer workforce at Mercer College, and he or she works for the college.
As for her fellow inductees within the Class of 2020, she mentioned, “What a terrific group of individuals to be with on this incoming class. I’m completely honored to face beside every one in all them, figuring out what all they’ve completed of their previous and now. I can’t comprehend how I evaluate to them, however I’m very grateful to be right here with them.”