Geno Ford

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Geno Ford
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Assistant coach
Team Stony Brook
Conference America East
Biographical details
Born (1974-10-11) October 11, 1974 (age 43)
Cambridge, Ohio
Playing career
1993–1997 Ohio
1997–1998 Leicester Riders
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1998–2001 Ohio (GA) & (asst.)
2001–2002 Shawnee State
2002–2005 Kent State (asst.)
2005–2007 Muskingum
2007–2008 Kent State (asst.)
2008–2011 Kent State
2011–2015 Bradley
2016–Present Stony Brook (asst.)
Head coaching record
Overall 165–155 (.516)
Accomplishments and honors
MAC regular season (2010, 2011)
2× MAC Coach of the Year (2010, 2011)

Geno Ford (born October 11, 1974) is an American college basketball coach. He has previously served as head coach at Bradley University, Kent State University, Muskingum University (then Muskingum College), and Shawnee State University, and as an assistant at Ohio University and Kent State.

Ford began his coaching career in 1998 as a Graduate assistant at his alma mater Ohio University, and then promoted to a full-time assistant coaching position the next season, before becoming head coach at Shawnee State University of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in 2001. After one season at Shawnee State, he was hired as an assistant at Kent State under Jim Christian, where he coached for three seasons. In 2005, Ford was hired as head coach at Muskingum College, now Muskingum University, of the NCAA Division III, where he coached for two seasons before returning to Kent State as an assistant. Ford was promoted to head coach at Kent State in 2008 following Christian's departure to TCU, and coached the Golden Flashes for three seasons.[1] At Kent State, Ford led the team to consecutive Mid-American Conference regular season titles in 2010 and 2011, winning MAC Coach of the Year both years.[2][3] His teams at KSU advanced to the post-season in each of his three seasons, playing in the 2009 Postseason Tournament and the 2010 and 2011 National Invitation Tournaments. He finished with a record of 68–37 at Kent State, including 35–17 in MAC play. Following his success at Kent State, he was hired by Bradley University in 2011, where he coached four seasons. His teams at Bradley never finished above 7th in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC), advancing to post-season play in the 2013 Postseason Tournament. He was relieved of his duties at the conclusion of an injury-riddled 2014–15 season, where the Braves finished 9–24 overall and 3–15 in the MVC. Ford's record at Bradley was 46–86 overall and 19–53 in MVC play. Following a year as a college basketball analyst for ESPN3, he was hired in 2016 as an assistant at Stony Brook under head coach and his former Ohio teammate, Jeff Boals.[4]

Ford played collegiately at Ohio University as a guard.[5] As a high school standout at Cambridge High School in Cambridge, Ohio he was named Ohio's Mr. Basketball in 1993. He played for his father Gene Ford. His career total of 2,680 points is fourth in the history of Ohio high school boys basketball, behind Jon Diebler (3,208 points), Luke Kennard (2,977 points) and Jay Burson (2,958), but higher than LeBron James (2,646).[6]

Ford owns a 5-4 post season record as a Division I head coach: Kent State (0-1 CIT, 3-2 NIT), Bradley (2-1 CIT).

Ford has a wife, Traci, and two sons, Darin (22), who is a high school varsity head coach in New York, and David (14).

Coaching tree[edit]

Ford has several successful college head and assistant coaches apart of his coaching tree from his head coaching stints. Listed below are members who have been named or otherwise have been college head coaches.

  • Rob Senderoff - head coach at Kent State; was Ford's associate head coach at Kent State for three seasons (2008-2011).
  • Patrick Beilein - head coach at LeMoyne; was Ford's director of basketball operations at Bradley for one season (2011-12).

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Shawnee State (American Mideast Conference) (2001–02)
2001–02 Shawnee State 22–10 13–5 3rd
Shawnee State: 22–10 (.688) 13–5 (.688)
Muskingum (Ohio Athletic Conference) (2005–07)
2005–06 Muskingum 17–9 12–6 3rd
2006–07 Muskingum 12–13 6–12 8th
Muskingum: 29–22 (.569) 18–18 (.500)
Kent State (Mid-American Conference) (2008–2011)
2008–09 Kent State 19–15 10–6 T-3rd (East) CIT 1st Round
2009–10 Kent State 24–10 13–3 1st (East) NIT 2nd Round
2010–11 Kent State 25–12 12–4 1st (East) NIT Quarterfinals
Kent State: 68–37 (.637) 35–13 (.729)
Bradley (Missouri Valley Conference) (2011–2015)
2011–12 Bradley 7–25 2–16 10th
2012–13 Bradley 18–17 7–11 T-7th CIT Quarterfinals
2013–14 Bradley 12–20 7–11 7th
2014–15 Bradley 9–24 3–15 10th
Bradley: 46–86 (.348) 19–53 (.264)
Total: 165–155 (.516)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ Alexander, Elton (2008-04-02). "Kent State names Geno Ford men's basketball coach". The Plain Dealer/ Retrieved 2008-04-02. 
  2. ^ "MAC Announces Player of the Year, Coach of the Year". Mid-American Conference. March 8, 2010. Retrieved March 4, 2011. 
  3. ^ "MAC Announces Men's Basketball Player of the Year, Coach of the Year". Mid-American Conference. March 7, 2011. Retrieved March 7, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Geno Ford joins Stony Brook coaching staff". The Daily Jeffersonian. June 6, 2016. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  5. ^ Head Coach Geno Ford -—Official Web Site of Kent State University Athletics
  6. ^ State Records : Boys Basketball