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December 29, 1969 |
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Accomplishments and honors|
OVC Tournament Championship (2005)
A–10 Regular Season Championship (2007)
|Competitor for United States|
|Gold||1993 Buffalo||National team|
Travis Ford (born December 29, 1969 in Madisonville, Kentucky) is an American college basketball coach. He is currently the men's head coach at Oklahoma State University. He was previously the head coach at Campbellsville University, Eastern Kentucky University, and the University of Massachusetts. Prior to that, he played at the University of Missouri and the University of Kentucky. He also played the character Danny O'Grady in the 1997 movie The Sixth Man.
After attending Madisonville North Hopkins High School, Ford entered the University of Missouri in 1989. He played basketball for the Missouri Tigers and was named to the Big Eight Conference All-Freshman team. The following year, Ford transferred to the University of Kentucky. He is still known at Missouri as Travis the Traitor as he was a highly touted part of a good team there with fellow stand-out Anthony Peeler. He sat out the 1990–91 season due to transferring to the University of Kentucky. After playing sparingly his sophomore year, Ford was a starter during his junior and senior years, and set school records in single-game assists (15), single-season three-point field goals (101) and consecutive free throws made (50). Ford was named to the All-SEC team his junior and senior years, and was recognized as the Southeast Region's Most Outstanding Player in the 1993 NCAA Tournament.
In 1997, Ford was offered the head coach job at Campbellsville University. Ford accepted the position, and in 1999 led the Tigers to a 28–3 record, earning Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year honors.
Eastern Kentucky University
In 2000, Ford accepted the head coaching position at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky. In five seasons at EKU, Ford led the Colonels from a 7–19 record his first year to a 22–9 record and an Ohio Valley Conference championship in 2005. In a much publicized first-round NCAA Tournament matchup with his alma mater, the University of Kentucky, Ford's team pushed the Wildcats to the limit before losing 72–64.
University of Massachusetts
After the 2004–05 season, Ford accepted the head coaching position at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. During his first season, 2005–06, with the Minutemen, Ford posted a 13–15 record, 8–8 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The 2006–07 season saw Ford coach UMass to the fifth most wins in school history with an overall mark of 24–9. The team shared the Atlantic 10 Conference regular season title with Xavier, going 13–3, but lost to Saint Louis in the second round of the Atlantic 10 tournament. After earning a #4-seed in the postseason NIT Tournament, UMass defeated Alabama before losing in the second round to eventual NIT champion West Virginia. The team featured Atlantic 10 Player of the Year Stephane Lasme. After the season ended, Ford's name was circulated as a long-shot replacement for the head coaching position at Ford's alma mater, the University of Kentucky. These rumors were put to rest when after the season on April 10, 2007, UMass announced that Ford had signed a five-year contract extension.
The 2007–08 season was arguably even more successful for Ford and UMass. The team finished the season with a 25–11 record and a 10–6 record in the Atlantic 10 Conference. After losing in the A-10 tournament to Charlotte, UMass accepted an invitation to the NIT for the second straight year. They defeated Stephen F. Austin, Akron, Syracuse and Florida to make it to the NIT Finals. In the NIT Finals they lost to Ohio State 92–85. Ohio State had made the previous year's NCAA championship game. Despite the team's postseason success and the previous year's contract extension, Ford would leave the next season for Oklahoma State.
Oklahoma State University
On April 16, 2008, Ford became the head basketball coach of the Oklahoma State Cowboys. In his first season, Ford led the Cowboys to a 23–12 overall record, with a 9–7 record in conference. Ford led Oklahoma State to its first NCAA Tournament appearance since the 2004–05 season. In the tournament, Oklahoma State beat Tennessee before being knocked off by Pittsburgh in the second round. In year two Ford's cowboys finished 22–11, 9–7 in conference. The year was highlighted by wins over a top ten Kansas State on the road and a home win over the number one ranked Kansas Jayhawks. Big 12 player of the year James Anderson was instrumental in both wins and became Travis Ford's first cowboy to be selected in the first round of the NBA Draft.
After two mediocre seasons with an NIT appearance followed by a year without postseason play Ford reeled in big time recruit Marcus Smart. The Oklahoma State Cowboys finished 24-9 overall, 13-5 in conference. Ford's fifth season was highlighted by a huge win in Lawrence, Kansas against the University of Kansas Jayhawks. Marcus Smart was named the Wayman Tisdale National freshman of the year and Big 12 player of the year. The Oklahoma State Cowboys earned a 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament but failed to advance after a disappointing loss to 12 seed Oregon. Travis Ford had three key players announce their return for the 2013-2014 season in Marcus Smart, Lebryan Nash, and Markel Brown.
Head coaching record
|Campbellsville Tigers (Mid-South Conference) (1997–2000)|
|Campbellsville:||67–31 (.684)||25–11 (.694)|
|Eastern Kentucky Colonels (Ohio Valley Conference) (2000–2005)|
|2004–05||Eastern Kentucky||22–9||11–5||2nd||NCAA 1st Round|
|Eastern Kentucky:||61–80 (.433)||28–52 (.350)|
|UMass Minutemen (Atlantic 10) (2005–2008)|
|2006–07||UMass||24–9||13–3||T–1st||NIT 2nd Round|
|UMass:||62–35 (.639)||31–17 (.646)|
|Oklahoma State Cowboys (Big 12) (2008–present)|
|2008–09||Oklahoma State||23–12||9–7||T–4th||NCAA 2nd Round|
|2009–10||Oklahoma State||22–11||9–7||T–6th||NCAA 1st Round|
|2010–11||Oklahoma State||20–13||6–10||9th||NIT 2nd Round|
|2012–13||Oklahoma State||24–9||13–5||3rd||NCAA 1st Round|
|Oklahoma State:||104–63 (.623)||44–40 (.524)|
National champion Conference regular season champion Conference tournament champion