Pacific Men’s Basketball Head Coach Ron Verlin has announced the resignation of assistant coach Joe Ford. Coordinator of basketball operations Matt Sperisen will also transition to assistant to the head coach. Verlin will open a search for the vacant assistant coaching position as soon as possible.
“Joe has meant a lot to the program over the years,” said Verlin. “From the time he was a student-athlete to an immediate transition to our staff, Joe has had a big impact on Pacific Basketball.”
Joe Ford just completed his fifth year at Pacific and second as Assistant to the Head Men’s Basketball Coach. He was been in charge of team travel, all community outreach programs and assisted the coaching staff with academic services. Included among his community duties was the Tigers Readers Watch Program, aimed at raising literacy rates at the elementary level in the San Joaquin Valley. Joe graduated from Pacific in the spring of 2010, after a five year career with the Tigers. In 2008, he returned to the court after a possible career-threatening injury. He picked up without missing a beat, earning Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Year awards in both his junior and senior seasons. Joe also earned All-Big West Conference First Team honors for the 2009-10 season. After his remarkable return to the hardwood, he was a finalist for the 2009 V Foundation Comeback Award. Joe graduated from Pacific in 2010 with a BA in Education. He has a master’s degree in educational leadership from Concordia University.