Bradley University hires Geno Ford as their new head coach

Cody Erbacher

Geno Ford has moved on to coach at Bradley University after leading the Kent State men’s basketball team for the past three seasons.

“I am ecstatic to work at such a great institution with such a rich basketball history,” Ford said, according to a press release from Bradley. “The passionate Bradley fan base, academic excellence and exceptional facilities will give us an opportunity to compete at the highest levels of the Missouri Valley Conference.”

Ford, who will become the 13th head coach in Bradley basketball history, led the Flashes to two-straight National Invitational Tournament births.

This season, his team won the MAC Regular Season Championship before falling to Akron in the MAC Championship game.

Kent State made a run in the NIT after defeating Saint Mary’s and Fairfield before falling to Colorado in the quarterfinals.

This season, Ford led the Flashes to a 25-12 record.

During the regular season, Kent State led the MAC East with a 12-4 conference record in order to gain the automatic bid into the NIT.

To start the season, Kent State displayed a roster full of inexperienced players. But Ford managed to transform a roster with 10 new faces into a well-rounded team that made a run late into the postseason.

Ford, who was named the MAC Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season, leaves Kent State after leading the Flashes to two, more than 20-win seasons.

Ford recorded 68 wins and 37 losses during his time at Kent State, with a 35-13 conference record.

Ford will have the responsibility to transform a Bradley program that finished the season in a tie for ninth place in the Missouri Valley Conference.

The Braves, who are expected to five of the top seven scorers for the 2011-12 season, finished with a 12-20 overall record and a 4-14 conference record.

According to Bradley’s press release, Ford will be introduced as Bradley University’s head coach during a press conference at noon Monday on the court at Renaissance Coliseum.

The event will be streamed live HERE

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