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Dustin Ford

Player Profile

Hometown:
Cambridge, Ohio

Position:
Assistant Coach

Experience:
Fourth season

Alma Mater:
Ohio '01

An Ohio alumnus who coaches with great pride and passion for the University, Dustin Ford begins his fourth season on the Ohio coaching staff in 2011-12. Ford can always be counted on to bring high-motor approach to the instruction of the Bobcats' big men.




As a player at Ohio, Ford led the Bobcats to wins at Syracuse and Arizona State, and a sweep of a home-and-home series with West Virginia.


Under Ford's tutelage, forward DeVaughn Washington saw all of his statistical numbers improve during his four years in the program. After seeing his playing time jump to more than 20 minutes per game as a sophomore, in contrast to averaging just over six per contest as a freshman, Washington averaged 26 and 29.5 minutes during his junior and senior seasons. The big man's assist and steal totals also improved along with his field goal shooting percentage (37, 47, 50, and 52), rebounding (1.1, 4.4, 5.4, and 5.6) and scoring averages (0.9, 6.7, 11.3, and 13.4). Washington was rewarded by earning All-MAC honors in 2011.

Ford's next project appears to be junior Ivo Baltic. Baltic, like Washington made a drastic improvement statistically under Ford's watchful eye. The sophomore's minutes more than doubled and his field goal percentage jumped from 49 to 53.5 percent, while his rebounding totals improved from 2.6 to 6.1 per game and his scoring numbers increased exponentially, from 2.9 to 11.4 points per game. Baltic also made huge strides in his free throw shooting. After hovering around 50 percent as a freshman, he was one of the league's best in 2010-11, making 78 percent of his tries from the stripe.

Ford's guidance played a crucial role in the final development of three-time All-MAC selection Jerome Tillman, who averaged a career-high 17.7 points per game to go along with 8.1 rebounds per contest as a senior in 2008-09. During the course of the campaign, Tillman also became just the fifth player in program history to cement his name in the top-10 of both the program's career points and rebounds charts.

The Cambridge, Ohio, native returned to his alma mater following a three-year stint as an assistant under former Ohio head coach Larry Hunter at Western Carolina.At WCU, Ford served as recruiting coordinator from 2006-2008 before being named associate head coach in the spring of 2008. In his three years at Western Carolina, he was responsible for recruiting two Southern Conference Defensive Players of the Year (Brigham Waginger in 2010 and Richie Gordon in 2011) and the 2009 Freshman of the Year Harouna Mutombo. Ford also orchestrated the recruitment of four other WCU players that went on to earn all-league honors.

After his collegiate playing days, Ford spent four years as head coach at Jackson (Ohio) High School, where he guided the Ironmen to a sectional title and their best league finish in more than a decade during his tenure. In 2004-05, the Ford-led JHS squad set school records for regular-season wins (17) and consecutive victories (12), earning him District 13 Division I-II Coach of the Year and Associated Press District Coach of the Year honors.

Ford was a four-year starter at Ohio from 1997-01, leading the Bobcats to a combined 57 wins in his last three seasons, including victories at Syracuse and Arizona State and the sweep of a home-and-home series with West Virginia. He led Ohio in three-point field goals in each of his last two campaigns, knocking down 67 triples as a junior to tie for 10th on the school's single-season list, and 166-career trifectas and 310 assists currently rank fifth and seventh, respectively, in program history. His signature performance in an Ohio uniform came against Kent State in the 1999-00 regular-season finale, when he drained seven shots from beyond the arc en route to a career-high 23 points in an 81-71 Ohio win.

Part of a long line of coaches in the Ford family, Dustin is the son of Muskingum College head coach and Hall of Fame member Gene Ford, while his brother, Geno, is the head coach at Bradley University.

Ford graduated from Ohio in 2001 with a degree in communication studies. He and his wife, the former Marcie Young, are the parents of two children, Max and Abbie.