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Former Indiana men’s basketball star Jordan Hulls joins coaching staff


Former Indiana men’s basketball star Jordan Hulls is headed back to Bloomington as the program’s new Team and Recruiting Coordinator, the team announced Monday afternoon. He will take over the position for Brian Walsh, who was promoted to assistant coach following the departure of Dane Fife in March. 

The team also announced former Operations Analyst Steven Surface’s promotion to Director of Basketball Operations. 

Following a standout career at Bloomington High School South, where he led the school to its first IHSAA boy’s basketball championship and was named Indiana Mr. Basketball, Hulls committed to Indiana. He was a part of the 2009 recruiting class, the first full cycle under former head coach Tom Crean.

The point guard played for Indiana from 2009-2013 and was a part of two Sweet 16 runs in 2012 and 2013. Hulls also helped the team capture its first Big Ten championship since 2002 during his senior season. He set a Big Ten record across the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 seasons by making 58 consecutive free throws and notched appearances in 135 games: the second-most in Indiana basketball history.

Hulls began his professional career in Europe in 2013 and spent the 2021-22 season with Germany’s Basketball Bundesliga. He is now set to return to his hometown and alma mater after nearly a decade overseas.

"Indiana University has been a part of me my whole life and I couldn't be more excited to come home and work with Coach Woodson, the entire staff, and our players in the program,” Hulls said in a statement. “The relationships built during my time at IU with my teammates, coaches, and community helped shape me into the person I am today. I'm looking forward to building those same type of relationships as I enter into this new and exciting chapter of life in a different role at IU."

Surface has been with the program for six years and graduated from Indiana in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Sport Marketing and Management and in 2019 with a master’s degree in Sport Administration.

"Steven has shown that he is an invaluable member of our staff and his transition in taking on new responsibilities should be seamless," head coach Mike Woodson said in a release. "His familiarity with the inner workings of our program and the University is extremely beneficial."

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated the years Hulls set Big Ten records.

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