Missouri State’s Ford dismissed after 17-16 finish

  • Jeff Borzello, ESPN

    • Staff WriterMar 10, 2024, 12:06 PM ET Close Basketball recruiting insider.
    • Joined ESPN in 2014.
    • Graduate of University of Delaware.Missouri State coach Dana

Ford is out after six seasons, the school revealed Sunday morning.The Bears’ season ended Friday with a 75-59 loss to Indiana State in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. They finished 17-16 general and 8-12 in league play.”Dana has been an amazing role model for our players and a great ambassador for our university and our program, “athletic director Kyle Moats said in a statement.”Similarly, he has given so much of his time in assistance of youth programs, charities and other neighborhood undertakings. That’s why this choice was hard.” Editor’s Picks Ford finishes his time at Missouri State with a 106-82 total record, going 64-48 in Missouri Valley play. The Bears completed.500 or much better in each of his very first five seasons at the helm, including in 2021-22 when they went 23-11 overall and finished tied for 2nd in the MVC standings.Prior to taking control of at Missouri State in 2018, Ford spent 4 seasons as the head coach at Tennessee State and has actually been an assistant at Illinois State, Wichita State and Tennessee State.Northwest Missouri State coach

Ben McCollum is anticipated to be amongst the leading targets as Ford’s replacement, sources told ESPN. McCollum has actually won four Department II national championships in the previous seven seasons and when again has the Bearcats ranked in the top five nationally.

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