Illini and Hurricanes to square off at 7:40 CT with Sweet 16 trip on the line
No. 7 Illini to face No. 10 Colorado in 2nd Round, March 22, in Austin
No. 8 seed Illini to Face No. 9 Seed Minnesota on Thursday, March 14 at 11 am CT
Illini close regular season looking for season sweep of Buckeyes
Illini have won six of their last seven heading into Tuesday night tilt in Iowa City
Photos from the Illini's home game vs. Norfolk State on Dec. 11, 2012.
Illinois defeated Western Carolina 72-64 at Assembly Hall on Dec. 4, 2012. (photos by Mark Jones, Mark Cowan and AP)
Photos from Men's Basketball's Orange and Blue Scrimmage on Oct. 22, 2012, at Assembly Hall. (photos by Cary Frye)
Dustin Ford is in second first season as an assistant coach for the Fighting Illini. He was hired in April 2012 to coach John Groce's first staff at Illinois.
Prior to coming to Illinois, Ford served on Groce's Ohio University staff for four seasons from 2009-12, helping guide the Bobcats to an 85-56 overall record. Ford specialized in working with the frontcourt, aiding in the improvement of players such as Jerome Tillman (first-team All-MAC in 2009), DeVaughn Washington (honorable mention All-MAC in 2011) and Ivo Baltic (honorable mention All-MAC in 2012).
Prior to his stint in Athens, Ford served three years as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator on Larry Hunter's staff at Western Carolina from 2006-08 and was promoted to associate head coach in the spring of 2008. During his tenure at Western Carolina, he was responsible for recruiting two eventual Southern Conference Defensive Players of the Year in Brigham Waginger (2010) and Richie Gordon (2011) and a SoCon Freshman of the Year in Harouna Mutombo (2009).
Ford began his coaching career as the head varsity coach at Jackson High School in Jackson, Ohio, for four seasons from 2002-05.
Ford was a standout player before entering the coaching profession, starting all four years at Ohio from 1998-01. He led the Bobcats in 3-point field goals as a junior and senior. Ford's 166 career 3-pointers and 310 career assists currently rank seventh and eighth, respectively, in Ohio school history
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, Marcie, have a son, Max, and daughter, Abbie.
Ford Coaching Experience
|2013-14||University of Illinois||Assistant Coach|
|2009-12||Ohio University||Assistant Coach|
|2006-08||Western Carolina University||Assistant Coach|
|2002-05||Jackson (Ohio) High School||Head Varsity Coach|