Athletics Hall of Fame

Val Jordan Thompson '81

Class of 2010

Soccer, Basketball

Val was the starting point guard for every game during her four years at Nobles, a remarkable stretch where Nobles went 47-4 in the regular season and 58-9 including all post-season tournament play. The ISL in girls’ basketball was only formalized in her junior year; both years, Nobles won the league title and Val was a unanimous All-League selection. Probably the best tribute that Val ever received was that in her junior year, Nobles lost 4 of the 5 starters by the time the team reached the New England tournament in March. Nobles made it to the finals thanks in large part to Val's terrific play, and she was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament. Val was a co-captain of the team her senior year. She was also a four-year varsity letter winner on the soccer team, and she was the winner of the 1981 Nobles Shield.

Former head coach Nick Nickerson described Val’s impact on the Nobles basketball program: “It is not often that your point guard takes the center jump at the start of each game, but that was the rare physical talent of Val Jordan. Her college coach, Kathy Delany-Smith at Harvard once quipped about Val: ‘She can jump up, shoot the ball, and then type a term paper before she lands.’ It is also not often that a coach will give a freshman guard the responsibility of running the offense, but that was the rare leadership of Val Jordan. Val had a great feel for the rhythm of a game - when to push the ball, when to settle things down, when to pass off, and when to drive in and make things happen. She was a player who could score at will when it was needed, but who derived more pleasure from a deft pass or a defensive stop. Above all, she was a fierce competitor who loved the camaraderie of a team. She had a great sense of humor and a terrific insight into people, and she made the journey of an athletic season a true joy for those who shared it with her.”

After Nobles, Val went on to Harvard University to play basketball. She lettered there for three years and was voted co-captain her senior year.

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2010 Hall of Fame Val Jordan '81