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Glenn Jordan isn’t from this area.

But the point guard from Tacoma, Washington, will soon leave Hancock College by claiming the region as a home he’ll never forget.

“He’s been through a lot of places – but Santa Maria is home now,” his head coach Tyson Aye told the crowd during Monday’s Northern Santa Barbara County Athletic Round Table luncheon.

And I believe we in this part of the 805 should remember what Jordan helped build inside Joe White Gymnasium – which I feel are a skyscraper full of accolades.

Here are some of those key accomplishments…

Before Jordan arrived on 800 South College Drive, the AHC men’s basketball team hadn’t experienced back-to-back 20-win campaigns in many years.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Jordan helped navigate two consecutive 23-win seasons.

Players would sometimes fall to the injury bug while on the floor at Joe White Gymnasium or on the road.

Jordan logged playing time in every game without severe injuries, plus while maintaining a 3.8 grade point average away from the basketball hardwood.

The Bulldogs never stretched their season to the state championship tournament between the years 1975 to 2017.  

Jordan saw the elite eight – and state playoffs – in both seasons at AHC.

Hancock nearly had a first-round exit in this season’s CCCAA playoffs on its home floor last Wednesday.

Jordan ensured that wouldn’t happen by dropping 21 points in the 77-74 victory over San Diego Miramar; leading to his Male Athlete of the Week honor by the NSBCART committee on Monday.

Lastly, this season’s Bulldogs had four players capable of reaching past double figures on the scoring stat sheet.

Jordan led them all in his sophomore year with 12 points per game.

It’s quite the list. Jordan, though, chooses to think about his coaches and teammates for making his new home one glutted with more memories than a scrapbook that follows childhood to adulthood through photos.  

“I’m really thankful for all the moments I’ve had here at Hancock,” Jordan said on Monday. “Obviously, we didn’t finish the way we wanted to finish. But I feel very blessed being around my teammates this whole year and also last year. Just thankful for all the moments we’ve had.”

Aye took in a young man who moved from place-to-place due to coming from a military family. Jordan quickly became one of his cornerstones behind AHC’s state pursuits.

“He was our leader on the court and off the court. I love this man for what he’s done – and I can call him a man now because we were working on that when he got here,” Aye said on Monday, which drew laughs from the NSBCART luncheon crowd.

We don’t know what Jordan’s next home will be once the four-year universities come knocking. But he clearly made sure he made this region his home – and made his home proud of his long list of accolades while in an AHC basketball uniform.

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Lorenzo J. Reyna covers sports for Lee Central Coast Newspapers, particularly in the Lompoc Valley. He can be reached at lreyna@leecentralcoastnews.com

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