On March 1 The Mount Ethereal Information revealed an article on the most recent 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 will be very onerous to say any of them haven’t earned the dignity.
This 12 months’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 12 months’s class is a younger girl recognized for her skills in each basketball and operating: Jordan Hiatt.
Jordan is now residing and dealing in Georgia, so catching her for a chat might be tough.
Jordan graduated from Mount Ethereal Excessive Faculty in 2012, a 12 months behind her huge sister, Taylor. The 2 have been the leaders of the Girl Bears’ basketball staff.
Taylor mentioned this week, “Once 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 really attests to all of the onerous 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 tip of her senior 12 months, 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 for the reason that fourth grade. Throughout her senior 12 months she was vice chairman and was happy that her good pal Maddie Gardner (now a TV information character for WFMY-Channel 2) was class president.
She made the Profession Technical Schooling Honor Society by the tip of her junior 12 months.
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 various faculties 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 12 months it was.
Senior 12 months
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 staff in assists (3.6) and steals (2.9) and was second in three-point capturing (36%).
Coach Mayo mentioned whilst a junior along with her older sister as senior captain, Jordan usually addressed the staff earlier than video games and through timeouts.
“Having Jordan on the staff means your greatest participant is your hardest employee,” mentioned Mayo. “She expects individuals to work onerous as a result of she does. It’s invaluable to have somebody like that. … She understands what must be completed 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 enhancing her assists, rebounds and steals.
Within the Northwest Convention Match (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 staff and all-conference staff. She was named most excellent participant of the event and she or he beat out North’s Morgan Midkiff and East Surry’s Keri Fulp for participant of the 12 months.
Two months after the event, the Winston-Salem Journal introduced its All-Northwest basketball staff. The publication mentioned Jordan and Midkiff made the staff. Jordan took the highest spot in voting by space coaches, and thus was given the 2012 Mary Garber Award.
“What I’ll at all times keep in mind from Jordan was that she hated to lose,” Mayo mentioned on the time of the announcement. “She actually pushed different individuals to stay as much as that commonplace. On our staff, 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 staff with expenses drawn with 15.”
Mayo mentioned her nice demeanor might be deceptive. “She is tough to intimidate. She is an excellent competitor, and that’s one cause 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 frontrunner who helped the Bears to a minimum of 21 victories in every of her 4 seasons.
Monitor and discipline
With basketball over, and faculty 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 leap and first place within the 800 meters seconds forward of pal 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 pace, think about what sort of relay staff 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 onerous via 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 staff was a whopping 23 seconds quicker than the 2 earlier races and set a state document for the occasion.
Jordan would proceed that part-time job at Lenoir-Rhyne.
As a sophomore she helped on the monitor staff. She got here out on the Beynon Sports activities Catamount Basic and completed seventh within the excessive leap and helped the 4x400m relay staff to a tenth place end.
Per week later on the South Atlantic Convention Championship, the 4×400 relay staff minimize 8 seconds off its time to take bronze within the convention. Individually she completed ninth in excessive leap 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 essential sport, Jordan was named to the convention all-freshman basketball staff in 2013. That didn’t imply it was a simple transition.
Requested what it was like shifting to a school staff, she mentioned, “It was superior, however in fact I used to be additionally somewhat naïve to what it truly meant to be a collegiate student-athlete. Everybody on my staff 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 individuals round me, and being somewhat bit exterior of my consolation zone if I wasn’t taking part in 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 onerous days, I had individuals there to select me up.”
The Bears staff earned a bid to the NCAA Match 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 12 months.
“Once 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 staff was taking part in 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 happening to win our convention that very same 12 months. The season was filled with highs and lows, however having 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 staff 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 slightly below 30% from lengthy vary and averaged lower than two assists a recreation. Evaluate that to her junior 12 months when she shot a decent 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 number of good video games alongside the way in which.
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 Scholar-Athlete Honor Society the place she served as secretary, and was a ladies’s basketball consultant for the Scholar Athletic Advisory Committee.
“I went in to varsity desirous to be an elementary schooling trainer and got here out desirous to be a school coach,” Jordan mentioned.
From 2017-19 she studied via Clemson College and accomplished a grasp’s diploma in athletic management in 2019.
On the similar time, Jordan was pulling double obligation. She spent one 12 months as a graduate assistant for the College of Indianapolis ladies’s basketball staff. Whereas there she was answerable for many points of this system, together with logistics, teachers, 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 provided via the WBCA and attended the Ladies’s Ultimate 4 in Indianapolis one season.
“I did what I wished to do and made essentially the most superb relationships alongside the way in which. It was humbling to go from participant to educate so rapidly, 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 aspect and watch younger ladies obtain their objectives on and off of the basketball courtroom, even after they graduate.”
In Might of this 12 months she accepted a job as coordinator of enrollment administration at Mercer College in Macon, Georgia.
“By means of highschool, faculty 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 look at her title be positioned within the HOF. That’s one thing our household will keep in mind ceaselessly.”
When requested about her household, Jordan mentioned, “I don’t even suppose I can start to summarize what all their assist did for me throughout my taking part in days into teaching. Regardless of the gap, I might at all times rely on my dad and mom to both be at video games or watching on-line. They have been at all times there to offer my recommendation, choose my head up, or have a good time after a win. Their assist meant the world to me, particularly once I determined to pack up and transfer to Indiana one week after faculty 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 suppose I ever gave myself time to understand that till I moved a airplane trip away.”
Jordan mentioned she might go on and on concerning the relationships fashioned via 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 at all times fast to reply a telephone name or textual content, even with a brand new child. She’s a pal, a sister in Christ, and an all-around real particular person. My greatest buddies come from my taking part in and my teaching days.
“Leaving teaching was not straightforward, however I’m very grateful of the relationships that I obtained to remove from it.”
In reality, she mentioned teaching is how she met her boyfriend whereas at Presbyterian Faculty. Sumner is now an assistant coach for the soccer staff at Mercer College, and she or he 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 considered one of 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.”