Elmer Jordan was a two-sport athlete at Idaho, competing in basketball and tennis for the Vandals from 1939-42. After graduation, he became a high school football coach at Coeur d’Alene High School. In 1947, he was invited to coach the first Idaho East-West All-Star football game in Boise. Two years later in 1949, he coached in the National All-Star basketball game in Kentucky. He was the leader of Coeur d’Alene athletics for 23 years as a coach and athletic director, leading the basketball team to state titles in 1949 and 1963. Jordan has also been selected to the Idaho Hall of Fame, the Idaho High School Activities Association Hall of Fame and the Inland Empire and Greater Spokane Sports Association Hall of Fame. In 2001, Coeur d’Alene High School named its basketball court “Elmer Jordan Court” in his honor.