Clear Creek Track Coach Ruben Jordan

Ruben Jordan


Among victims of Tropical Storm Harvey is retired longtime Clear Creek High School head track and field coach Ruben Jordan — a beloved figure in the Wildcats community.

Jordan’s son, Roger Lee, posted on Facebook on Tuesday afternoon that the Friendswood Police Department confirmed Jordan’s death. He was 58.

Early Tuesday morning, a social media campaign reporting Jordan missing — which was shared by hundreds of community members and area coaches — sought assistance in finding Jordan.

According to a Facebook post from Lee, Jordan was last seen driving his black 2016 Toyota Tundra around midnight Saturday near Interstate 45 and Edgebrook Drive in South Houston and had not yet made it back to his home. Lee said he had not had contact with his father since Saturday evening.

Following the 2015-16 school year, Jordan retired as the Clear Creek Wildcats’ head track and field coach after a successful 34-year coaching career — 29 years of which were at Clear Creek and 18 years of which were as head track coach.

Even after his retirement, Jordan remained a highly admired figure among his former students and athletes, co-workers, fellow coaches and beyond.

“Ruben is one of the most beloved coaches or teachers that has ever come through Clear Creek ISD,” Clear Creek ISD athletic director Debbie Fuchs said, as search efforts were still ongoing. “His friends are endless.”

During his time at Clear Creek, Jordan served as a mentor not only to his student-athletes, but to the younger head coaches as well.

Jordan led the Wildcats to eight district championships during his career at Clear Creek, and enjoyed a lifetime surrounded by elite athletes.

That experience stretches back to being on the same Tyler John Tyler high school football team as legendary running back Earl Campbell to watching Ball High alum and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans compete in high school to getting visits from the likes of NFL running back Adrian Peterson and decorated Olympian Bernard Legat.

And, of course, there were all the athletes — elite or otherwise — he molded at Clear Creek. In an interview last summer following his retirement, Jordan fondly spoke, among many things in his career, about his 2006 district champion team that was short on athleticism but big on heart, as well as his highly gifted 2004 district champion team.

James LaCombe: 409-683-5242, or on Twitter @JamesAtGalvNews

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