Ali Ford became the first Assistant Coach hired by Head Coach Tommie Johnson in June of 2019.
Ford comes to the Pack from the University of North Carolina Wilmington of D-I’s Colonial Academic Alliance. In her one season with the Seahawks, Ford helped UNC Wilmington to a six-win improvement and an 18-12 record. Ford’s efforts helped the Seahawks to an 11-7 CAA record and the No. 3 seed in the CAA Tournament.
With the Seahawks, Ford recruited student-athletes and was responsible for camp marketing, development, and execution. Ford also utilized in-game statistics to provide a summary for player evaluation.
Before joining UNC Wilmington, Ford served as a Graduate Assistant at Old Dominion University. In her first season with the Monarchs, Ford helped the team to a 17-14 record. The team went 25-37 in her time there.
While working for the Monarchs, Ford also served as the team’s video coordinator. She helped build scouting videos. Ford also made highlight videos for players that she sent to WNBA and European scouts.
As a student-athlete, Ford competed for Elon University in Elon, NC. Ford is the most prolific 3-pointer in both school and Southern Conference history. She sank 338 career 3-pointers. Ford holds three of the top 10 highest single-season 3-point totals in Southern Conference history.
With 2,020 career points, Ford rank second in Elon history in scoring. She ranks seventh in SOCON history in career points.
Ford made 82.6 percent of her free throws in four seasons with the Phoenix. This stands as a school record. She set a single-season Elon record when she drained 90.8 percent of her free throws during the 2012-13 season.
During the 2009-10 season, Ford was voted Southern Conference Freshman of the Year. She earned All-SOCON honors four times during her career. Ford claimed team MVP honors all four seasons of her college career. She led the Phoenix to their first postseason appearance, competing in the Women’s Basketball Invitational in 2011.
Ford also served as the Phoenix’s captain from 2010-2013. In the classroom, Ford shined, earning Academic All-SOCON honors four times. She was a two-sport athlete, who also competed in softball at Elon. She earned Top Newcomer honors in 2012 and captained the Phoenix in 2014.
In 2014, Ford was voted one of North Carolina’s 100 Athletes to Remember. Ford played professionally in Iceland for the Hamar Basketball Club during the 2015-16 season. During her one season in Iceland, she ranked third in scoring in Iceland’s top women’s basketball division.