Mosley announces Darin Ford as head basketball coach
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -Mosley introduced Darin Ford as the new boys head basketball coach on Wednesday afternoon.
Ford comes back east after a stint as an assistant coach at Pratt Community College in Kansas. Before that he was a grad assistant at the University of Akron, where he was working on his Masters in Sports Administration.
Before that, Ford was a head coach for two seasons at a high school in Greenlawn, New York. He’s coached in Florida before as an assistant at Indian River Community College, so he’s got some experience at different levels.
He’s been around hoops his entire life, his father is the head coach at Stony Brook College in New York, his uncle is an assistant at Akron.
To say Coach Ford is ready to hit the ground running would be an understatement.
“So our program mission every single day, our core mission of the program is going to be ‘embrace the opportunity,’” said Coach Ford. “So when I get a chance to talk to the kids about that, I’m going to share that with them and what it means. What embrace the opportunity stands for. And how they can apply that not only in our program, but in their life moving forward. And that’s what our job is, to help move them forward. And in terms of continuing to compete at a championship level, you know they’re going to know from the jump that this is an expectation of mine from the jump, that’ we’re gonna keep working on it.”
Coach Ford is also ready to put his skills to work.
“Now I’m here so it’s time to get to work and do it a new way. I’m so excited, I’m going to take all my past experiences from the college level and the high school level and get to work. Teach these guys on and off the floor. I’m so excited.”
Mosley Athletic Director, Doug Lee, is confident Coach Ford knows what he’s doing.
“There’s no doubt in my mind he knows the game. He knows the X’s and O’s. He’ll definitely have to work hard on getting buy-in from day one. Especially after following a successful coach. But I really believe with his basketball pedigree, his basketball family he’ll fit right in.”
Ford is taking over Mike Memmen who is headed to Choctaw after three years with the Fins.
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