Jordan Sucher ’04 headed to the Big Dance
March 21, 2013 By Cindy Long
the University of Louisville Cardinals win the Big East
Championship. The team is heading into the NCAA
Tournament as the number one seed overall.
When the University of Louisville Cardinals men’s basketball team beat Syracuse on Saturday, March 16, winning the Big East Championship, Jordan Sucher ’04 had a ringside seat—literally. The former Centre standout is the executive assistant to Coach Rick Pitino, U of L’s powerhouse head coach, a job he’s held for the last six years. During games he can most often be seen sitting with Pitino and the team.
When the announcement was made that the Cardinals were picked as the overall No. 1 seed the next day, Sucher says the team had just landed in Louisville from New York and there was a lot of excitement.
“We were the number one overall seed in 2009, and thought we had a great shot again this year if we won the Big East Tournament,” Sucher says.
“It doesn’t surprise me the path Jordan took, for two reasons,” says Sucher’s former coach, Centre College Head Coach Greg Mason. “One is the opportunity to work for Rick Pitino, a definite Hall of Fame coach and one of the ten best basketball coaches of all time at any level. And number two, I’m not sure I’ve ever been around a bigger Louisville Basketball fan than Jordan.”
Sucher himself gives credit for much of his success to Centre.
“Centre taught me discipline, hard work and the ability to prioritize my time,” Sucher says. “Coach Pitino, like Coach Mason, instills a strong work ethic and pushes players to be the best they can be. Not only is Coach Pitino a great coach, but an even better person. There is no one in the world I would rather work for.”
“Jordan was an overachiever at Centre, both on and off the floor, and I say that as a compliment,” Mason says. “The recruiting class that he was a member of really helped lay the foundation for some of the successes we are having today. Jordan helped set the standard amongst our players for the commitment needed to start competing for conference championships.
“What Jordan is learning every day in terms of motivation, work ethic and pursuing success—what an amazing experience!” Mason continues. “You can definitely say that very few people enjoy going to work as much as Jordan Sucher.”
Sucher also jokes that when he does have a chance to get out on the court with the Cardinals, it does very little to build his self-confidence.
“I’m thankful every day that I can be a small part of something so special as the University of Louisville basketball program,” says Sucher.
Have comments, suggestions, or story ideas? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your feedback.
Centre College, founded in 1819, is a nationally ranked liberal arts college in Danville, Ky. Centre hosted its second Vice Presidential Debate on 10.11.12, and remains the smallest college in the smallest town ever to host a general election debate. For more, click here.