- 2016 Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year
- 2016 NABC District 19 Coach of the Year
- 2016 Ben Jobe Award Winner - Nation's Top Division I Minority Coach
- 2016 BOXTOROW Coach of the Year
Dana Ford served as the head coach of the Tennessee State University men’s basketball team for four seasons, guiding the Tigers from 2014-18. Ford was introduced on April 21, 2014 as the 17th head coach in school history.
In four years leading the men’s basketball program, Ford compiled a 57-65 overall record including a 52-39 mark over his last three seasons. The 52 wins during the span was one of the best three-year runs in TSU’s Division I history, resulting in three-straight Ohio Valley Conference Tournament berths. It was the first time TSU had finished with a .500 record or better in three-consecutive seasons since accomplishing the feat in four-straight seasons from 1992-96.
Ford, who was the youngest permanent head coach in the nation for his first three years on the job, led the Tigers to a 20-11 record in 2015-16 – the program’s third-ever 20-win season at the D-I level. For their performance, the Tigers earned a bid to the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.
For the 2015-16 season, Ford earned Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year, National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District 19 Coach of the Year, BoxToRow Coach of the Year and the Ben Jobe Award – given to the nation’s top Division I minority coach.
The Tigers followed up with a 17-13 record in 2016-17 in a season highlighted by TSU receiving votes in the Associated Press Top 25 for two-consecutive weeks. Ford guided the Tigers to a 15-15 mark in 2017-18.
During his time as head coach at TSU, Ford’s student-athletes earned three OVC Defensive Player of the Year honors, five All-OVC team accolades and two All-OVC Newcomer team honors.
Ford helped develop point guard Tahjere McCall into the OVC’s two-time Defensive Player of the Year with two consecutive First Team All-OVC honors, while guiding Keron DeShields (1st Team) and Wayne Martin (2nd Team) to All-OVC accolades. McCall, DeShields and Martin were all honored by the NABC as well as BoxToRow under Ford. In his final season at TSU in 2017-18, Ford helped Christian Mekowulu earn OVC Defensive Player of the Year, Second Team All-OVC and NABC Second Team All-District.
Ford had previously served as an assistant under former TSU coach John Cooper for two seasons from 2009-2011.
As an assistant for TSU, Ford was instrumental in recruiting talented classes for the Tigers including players who went on to have professional careers in Robert Covington, Patrick Miller and Kellen Thornton.
After his success with the Tigers as an assistant, Ford became an assistant at Wichita State in 2011-12, helping head coach Gregg Marshall guide an NCAA Tournament team to a final Associated Press ranking of No. 18. The Shockers were 27-6 overall and claimed the 2012 Missouri Valley Conference regular-season championship.
Ford then joined the coaching staff at his alma mater, Illinois State, for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons, where he assisted in the Redbirds’ 36-31 mark that included an appearance in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) semifinals. He was ISU’s recruiting coordinator and managed players’ academic progress along with his coaching duties.
Before his first stint at TSU, Ford served as an assistant coach at Chipola Junior College (Fla.). While there, he helped lead Chipola to an impressive 35-2 overall record, its sixth-consecutive Panhandle Conference Championship with a 12-0 record, its fifth FCCAA State Championship in 10 years and a third-place finish at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Tournament.
Prior to Chipola, Ford served two years as a graduate assistant under Marshall at Wichita State and Winthrop. While at Winthrop, the Eagles captured their first NCAA Tournament win, defeating Notre Dame and finishing the season ranked No. 22 in the Associated Press and USA Today Top-25 polls.
Ford graduated from Illinois State in 2006, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in politics and government, following a four-year playing career with the Redbirds. While at ISU, he was a four-year letterwinner from 2002-06 and was voted the squad’s Defensive Player of the Year after being ranked in the Missouri Valley Conference top 10 in both steals and blocks.
Ford is a native of Tamms, Ill. He is married to Christina Ford and the couple has two sons Carson and Cameron and a daughter named Charlie Rose.
THE DANA FORD FILE
Alma Mater: Illinois State ’06
Hometown: Tamms, Ill.
|2015-16||20-11||11-5||CIT, OVC Coach of the Year, NABC District 19 Coach of the Year, Ben Jobe Award|
|2016-17||17-13||8-8||Back-to-Back Winning Seasons|