Sometimes you just know early in life what you're destined to do.
Like Jordan Coffman, assistant varsity boys basketball coach for the Weatherford Kangaroos.
His dad, Mark Coffman, is in his 36th year of coaching, currently at Arlington Oak Ridge, and recently won his 675th game. His older brother, Drew, is in his sixth year as head coach at Decatur (10th year overall), and he has two younger brothers who also have coaching ties through the Amateur Athletic Union (Grant) or as a physical education teacher (Riley).
"I just say I'm from Texas," Jordan said with a laugh, making a reference to how often a coach moves during his/her career.
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But Jordan did stay in one place long enough to graduate from Midland Lee in 2004. He then played at Midland College for two years and at Midwestern State University for two more before graduating in 2008 and deciding to enter coaching.
"I had zero catches and zero balls thrown to me, and my quarterback was Keith Null, who went to the NFL," Jordan said, smiling. "So I figured basketball was my best option."
Jordan was a sophomore when his dad led Midland Lee to the state tournament in 2002. Drew was an all-state upperclassmen.
"We won district three times in my years at Lee," Jordan said. "That was pretty special."
Mark also led Haskell to a state tournament appearance and five straight district titles.
"I grew up dreaming of playing in the NBA, like most young kids," Jordan said. "Then I found out quick that wasn't going to happen.
"When I got to college it hit me that I had to fall in practice, that was my time to shine, and as a coach, you have to love practice. And I always admired my dad and the career he's had."
So Jordan figured he'd give the profession a try himself. Right out of college he landed the head coaching job at Crowell. where his teams made Class A bidistrict twice.
"They hired me in July, so we didn't have a lot of time to prepare, but we did well," he recalled.
"You can learn a lot from playing basketball and even more from coaching, but being born into basketball is totally different," said Weatherford head coach Charles Tatum, who came to Weatherford from Midland. "Jordan has a wealth of basketball knowledge a lot of coaches will never reach."
Jordan also had stints as an assistant at Waco Midway for a couple years and one at Amarillo River Road before coming to Weatherford five seasons ago. He is a friend of former Kangaroos coach Brian Miller.
Miller left following a 2-31 season in 2014-15 and Tatum took over as head coach. While a new coach often means an overhaul in the entire staff, Jordan was kept.
"That was just a bad year. Our projected starters missed over 50 games. "As for why they kept me, they didn't tell me and I didn't ask. They needed for the offseason (until Tatum arrived), and maybe they thought I did a good enough job to stay."
Tatum said he never considered getting rid of Jordan, however.
"I have known the Coffman family for a while. The year I took over at Midland Lee was Daddy Coffman's last year at Lee, so I missed the opportunity to coach against him," Tatum said. "Therefore, when I took over at Weatherford High, despite how we had gone the previous year, I knew having Jordan on the staff would be a huge asset."
Jordan stayed positive and became a factor in the Kangaroos reaching the playoffs the next season. It was the team's first postseason appearance since 2008.
"It was great for those kids who were still here. They went through a really rough year," Jordan said. "I don't get caught up too much in wins and losses, and I'm not going to treat kids any different, but I was very happy for that team."
Along with being an assistant varsity coach, Jordan now coaches the junior varsity. At press time the team had already almost matched its win total of nine games last season.
Jordan said among the big reasons he became a coach is not the competition - though, like all coaches, he likes to win. It is the camaraderie that comes from being part of a team.
"I've had this conversation with lots of kids. I'm a big team-first kind of guy," he said. "Most of us, our careers end after high school, so enjoy the experience of being on a team while you can. I can't tell you the score of my last game, but I remember all the bus rides with the guys, all those special moments."
Jordan also came to Weatherford for family reasons. He and wife Teana, a counselor in the Northwest School District, were married in Hudson Oaks. His brother lives in Aledo.
"We always said if an opportunity arose to come here, we would," he said.
Jordan and Teana have three children, 9-year-old son Stephan (named after Stephan Curry of the Golden State Warriors), 5-year-old son Cooper (named after former Los Angeles Laker Michael Cooper), and daughter Mary, born in December (named after Teana's grandmother).
Jordan said he'd like to be a head coach again someday. He'd love it if it were somewhere in the immediate area.
"I'm not going to go out and take just any head coaching job. It has to be a great situation for my family," he said. "I am happy being here in Weatherford.
"My ultimate goal is to be head coach of the Lakers."
But whatever the future holds for Jordan, he knows where he can always turn to for advice.
"I get a lot of advice just by sending a single text," he said. "One click and I've got a whole family giving me advice."