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Jordan Elam Recommended to Lead Lobo Basketball in 2018-19

May 15, 2018

Coach Jordan Elam and his wife Regan.

Levelland ISD may have their first of a couple of major coaching positions filled for 2018-19 as Levelland ISD Board of Trustees has been presented the name of Jordan Elam as Lobo Basketball Coach for the coming year.

In April, Levelland Basketball Coach Jeff Bontrager annouced his retirement after nine seasons with the Lobos and as we often do in basketball, it would appear Levelland will go to the bench as Jordan Elam has been with the Levelland Lobo Basketball program as Junior Varsity Coach and Assistant Coach since 2014.

Elam is a native of the area having graduated from Denver City High School in 2007 before attended South Plains College, Texas Tech University and receiving his Master Degree in Secondary Education from Lubbock Christian University in 2012.

Elam did his student teaching at Idalou an assited the Wildcat basketball team to a 2011 2A State Championship. He did two years as a graduate assitant for the Lubbock Christian University Chapparls before spending 2013-2014 as the varsity assitant and Junior Varsity Coach at Midland Lee. He officially came to Levelland at the beginning of the 2014 season.

The roots run deep for Elam, not only in the South Plains but in the world of basketball. His grandfather Royce Elam played for the Texas Tech Red Raiders from 1955 to 1957 and spent several years coaching girls basketball including a long stop in Canyon with the Lady Eagles. His father, Joe Don Elam, has 32 years coaching experience with stops in Sundown, his hometown of Whiteface, Lockney, Abernathy, and Denver City. Joe Don Elam is near 300 career wins in over 17 years of service as a head coach.

Elam referred to his father and grandfather in comments to KLVT Sports. “I owe my desire to be a coach and educator to both these fine men,” said Elam in an email on Monday.

Under retiring coach Jeff Bontrager along with Elam and second assitant Kyle Cavitt, the Lobo Basketball program seems to be growing by leaps and bounds. In the past four seasons Levelland has gone to the postseason four consecutive years, amassing a postseason record of ten-and-four, including two regional tournament appearances and one trip to the state tournament.

“I am extremely blessed to be given the opportunity to become the Head Boys’ Basketball Coach of such a storied program.” said Elam in the email. “My desire is to continue this success for years to come, which we are more than capable of doing. We have tremendous, hard-working young men in our basketball program that are hungry to be successful. Our goal is to continue to groom these young men so that they will become productive members of society, excellent fathers and husbands, and prepare them for life after basketball and high school.”

“I owe a tremendous gratitude to Jeff Bontrager for entrusting me to join his staff four years ago, and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors. Also, a big thanks to Curtis Lowery, Robbie Phillips, Jeff Northern, Rodney Caddell, and our school board members for believing in me to take over this program.”

Elam noted that the Lobo program is a basketball program this fine community loves to support, and he wants to continue to build that support by producing high-character, hard-working young men.

Retiring coach Jeff Bontrager chimed in early Tuesday morning in a conversation with KLVT Sports. “I’m happy for Jordan,” said Coach Bontrager. “His hire gives the basketball program some continuity during this time of change. He knows the guys and their abilities. Of course he will put his own stamp on it but I know he is excitied to begin his head coaching career.”

Coach Elam and his wife Reagan have been married since June of 2015 and their first son Beckett was born in February of 2018.

“I would like to thank my wife, Reagan, and my family for their continued support throughout this process. Additionally, The Lord has continually blessed me over the years, both personally and professionally, and without His guidance, I would not be in this position today. This opportunity truly is a dream come true and I look forward to continuing to build this program in the right direction,” said Elam in conclusion.

The move awaits the approval of the Levelland ISD Board of Trustees. The item of making that appointment is on the agenda for their board meeting on Thursday May 17th.


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