On March 1 The Mount Ethereal Information revealed 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 inside the previous 11 years. Nonetheless, with all of the accolades earned, it will be very laborious to say any of them haven’t earned the consideration.
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 girl recognized for her skills in each basketball and operating: Jordan Hiatt.
Jordan is now dwelling and dealing in Georgia, so catching her for a chat might be tough.
Jordan graduated from Mount Ethereal Excessive College in 2012, a yr behind her huge sister, Taylor. The 2 have been the leaders of the Woman Bears’ basketball workforce.
Taylor mentioned this week, “After I first obtained the decision from Jo about her getting inducted, I used to be so proud and shocked. I’d be mendacity if I didn’t say I used to be even jealous. Getting inducted actually attests to all of the laborious work she put in over time.”
Trying 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, other than 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 pupil council all 4 years, he famous. “She is a well-rounded child.”
Jordan mentioned she was in pupil authorities because the fourth grade. Throughout her senior yr she was vice chairman and was happy that her good buddy Maddie Gardner (now a TV information persona for WFMY-Channel 2) was class president.
She made the Profession Technical Training Honor Society by the top of her junior yr.
Jordan not solely performed basketball at an all-region degree, she was an all-conference performer in cross nation and monitor and certified for state championships in each solo and relay occasions.
In November 2011, Jordan and her dad and mom invited The Information to MAHS for her announcement of which scholarship supply she had accepted for basketball.
Mother Bridgette ticked off the names of the numerous colleges that supplied 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 gained gold and Hiatt completed twenty second — not dangerous 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 capturing. She additionally led the workforce in assists (3.6) and steals (2.9) and was second in three-point capturing (36%).
Coach Mayo mentioned at the same time as a junior along with her older sister as senior captain, Jordan usually 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 individuals to work laborious 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 along with her effort each within the recreation and in follow.”
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 bear in mind from Jordan was that she hated to lose,” Mayo mentioned on the time of the announcement. “She actually pushed different individuals to dwell as much as that commonplace. On our workforce, whereas she was not the largest woman 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 prices 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 motive she has been so profitable, and her groups have. She evokes her teammates to maintain up and do the identical factor.”
Hiatt developed into a pacesetter who helped the Bears to a minimum of 21 victories in every of her 4 seasons.
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With basketball over, and school ready, Jordan might have coasted to commencement, however as an alternative she selected to run monitor within the spring.
On the Northwest Convention Championship, Jordan took third place within the excessive bounce 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 displaying such nice pace, think about what sort of relay workforce they might 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 an analogous time.
On the state championship, Jordan completed sixth within the state within the 400 meters, Barbour was fourth within the 800 meters, and Parries gained 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 laborious by means of her leg and handed off to Parries.
Within the ultimate stretch, Parries made up floor and lunged forward on the end line to take gold.
The relay workforce was a whopping 23 seconds sooner 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 monitor workforce. She got here out on the Beynon Sports activities Catamount Basic and completed seventh within the excessive bounce and helped the 4x400m relay workforce to a tenth place end.
Every 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 bounce and twelfth within the 800 meters (with a time 4 seconds sooner than the week earlier than and eight seconds sooner than the week earlier than that).
In her important sport, Jordan was named to the convention all-freshman basketball workforce in 2013. That didn’t imply it was a simple transition.
Requested what it was like transferring to a school workforce, she mentioned, “It was superior, however in fact I used to be additionally a bit of naïve to what it really meant to be a collegiate student-athlete. Everybody on my workforce got here from nice highschool applications and had seen success of their previous.
“It was aggressive, it was thrilling, nevertheless it additionally got here with laborious instances – adjusting to adversity, not having acquainted individuals round me, and being a bit of 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 house and it was such a fantastic feeling to know that on my laborious days, I had individuals there to select 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 few most memorable recreation, she talked about that sophomore yr.
“After we performed Clayton State on their house courtroom,” she mentioned.
“They have 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 plenty of pleasure and motivation constructed round that day. We ended up beating Clayton State and happening 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 prime was such an engaging in 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 capturing and playmaking suffered; she shot just under 30% from lengthy vary and averaged lower than two assists a recreation. Examine 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 a couple of 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 girls’s basketball consultant for the Pupil Athletic Advisory Committee.
“I went in to school desirous to be an elementary schooling instructor 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 similar time, Jordan was pulling double responsibility. She spent one yr as a graduate assistant for the College of Indianapolis girls’s basketball workforce. Whereas there she was accountable for many facets of this system, together with logistics, lecturers, camps, and recruiting.
Then she spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Presbyterian Faculty, the Blue Hose.
Jordan accomplished the “So You Need To Be A Coach” program supplied by means of the WBCA and attended the Girls’s Ultimate 4 in Indianapolis one season.
“I did what I wished to do and made essentially the most superb relationships alongside the best way. It was humbling to go from participant to educate 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 girls obtain their objectives on and off of the basketball courtroom, even after they graduate.”
In Might of this yr she accepted a job as coordinator of enrollment administration at Mercer College in Macon, Georgia.
“Via highschool, school and even now, she’s remained humble and grateful for each alternative life has given her and each award she’s obtained,” mentioned Taylor Hiatt. “She makes me so proud to be her sister. It’ll be an honor to look at her title be positioned within the HOF. That’s one thing our household will bear 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. Irrespective of the gap, I might all the time depend on my dad and mom to both be at video games or watching on-line. They have been all the time there to offer my recommendation, decide my head up, or have a good time 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 they’d my again, realizing that they supported me and the dream that I used to be chasing, it really nonetheless to at the present time makes me tear up. There have been plenty of sacrifices made all through the years, and I don’t assume I ever gave myself time to comprehend that till I moved a airplane journey away.”
Jordan mentioned she might go on and on concerning 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 at the present time,” 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 pals come from my enjoying and my teaching days.
“Leaving teaching was not simple, however I’m very grateful of the relationships that I obtained to remove from it.”
The truth is, she mentioned teaching is how she met her boyfriend whereas at Presbyterian Faculty. 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 fantastic group of individuals to be with on this incoming class. I’m completely honored to face beside every one in all them, realizing what all they’ve achieved of their previous and now. I can’t comprehend how I examine to them, however I’m very grateful to be right here with them.”