One of the final vacancies of the Pratt Community College athletic staff has been occupied, as Darin Ford has been hired as the men’s assistant basketball coach.
“He’s a good guy,” said head coach Sean Flynn. “He’s gonna be good for our program.”
Ford has already accrued a vast amount of sideline experience. Most recently, Ford was a graduate assistant at the University of Akron during the 2019-20 season, where his duties included player development, scouting, game-planning, video operations, as well as supporting academic and recruiting efforts. In his lone year on the Akron staff, Ford’s presence contributed to a 24-7 regular season finish as the Zips finished the regular season as Mid-American Conference champions. From 2017-19, Ford was the varsity head coach at Harborfields High School (Greenlawn, NY) and was tasked with the responsibilties of overseeing the entirety of the program. Under Ford, the Tornadoes clinched annual berths to the state playoffs, while accumulating a 29-15 record in his two-year tenure.
As an undergraduate Ford assisted the Stony Brook University men’s basketball program as a student manager, and was responsible for video operations, player development, and travel logistics among a myriad of assigned duties. In that time, Ford spent his summers as the head coach of the AAU Global Squad program based in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. He coached players from 40 different countries while overseeing the development of countless future collegiate players.
Ford has also made stops at Indian River State College (Fort Pierce, FL) as an assistant coach (2015-16) as well as assisting the Bradley University (Peoria, IL) men’s basketball program as a student manager (2014-15). His first stint in the coaching world began in 2012, where he was the head coach of the Peoria Area Elite AAU team, also carrying the title of vice president of basketball operations for three years.
Ford graduated from Stony Brook University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in American history, and is tentatively scheduled to graduate later this year from the University of Akron with a master’s degree in sports administration.