By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Geno Ford as been named the Stony Brook Seawolves men’s basketball coach. He is the 12th head coach in program history.
He was the interim head coach after Jeff Boals became the Ohio Bobcats men’s basketball coach. In total, Ford had the interim tag for just eight days.
“My primary focus during this search was to identify the coach who can help us win an America East championship and reach the NCAA Tournament right now,” Heilbron said. “I believe in the young men in our locker room, and it became crystal clear throughout this process that Geno was the right coach to lead them moving forward.”
The 44-year-old Cambridge, Ohio native is a head coach for the third-time in his career. Before receiving the Stony Brook head coaching job, he was a Seawolves assistant coach from 2016 through 2019.
He has previous head coaching experience with the Bradley Braves and the Kent State Golden Flashes in Division I men’s college basketball.
He also as experience as a head coach with the Muskingum Fighting Muskies and Shawnee State Bears. Ford went 22-10 in his lone season at Shawnee State, before going 29-22 at Muskingum.
After one-season as an assistant coach at Kent State, he went 68-37 with the Golden Flashes as their head coach. Following three seasons in Ohio, he moved on to become the Braves head coach, where he went 46-86.
He only had one winning season at Bradley, which came in 2012-13 when the team went 18-17. This season, the team lost in the CIT Quarterfinals.
Ford is already 0-1 with the Seawolves. Stony Brook was defeated by the South Florida Bulls, 82-79, on Wednesday, March 20, in Tampa, Florida in the Roman College Basketball Invitational.
“Geno has enjoyed success as a head coach and he understands what it takes to win,” Athletic Director Shawn Heilbron said. “While our program is poised to win in the short term, this decision was ultimately about the long term success that we are striving to achieve at Stony Brook. I have had the opportunity to work with Geno for the past three years and have witnessed his ability to connect with our players and bring out the very best in them. The trajectory of our program is limitless, and I am confident that Geno will help lead us to new heights.”
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