Travis Ford

Travis Ford (born December 29, 1969)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Saint Louis Billikens
Current conference: Atlantic 10 Conference (A-10)
Campbelsville record: 58-40 (.592)
Eastern Kentucky record: 61-80 (.433)
UMass record: 62-35 (.639)
Oklahoma State record: 155-111 (.583)
Saint Louis record: 133-89 (.599)
Overall record^: 469-355 (.569)

Career Accomplishments:


  • Mid-South (NAIA) Coach of the Year:  1  (1999)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2016-present Saint Louis
2008-2016 Oklahoma State
2005-2008 UMass
2000-2005 Eastern Kentucky
1997-2000 Campbellsville

Travis Ford Facts

  • Travis Shane Ford
  • Born December 29, 1969
  • Hometown: Madisonville, Kentucky
  • Alma Mater: University of Kentucky (BS, 1994)
  • Started his playing career at Missouri, named to the Big Eight All-Freshman team, before transferring to Kentucky
    • Played three seasons for the Wildcats under head coach Rick Pitino, twice earning All-SEC honors
  • First coaching job was a three-year stint as head coach at NAIA Campbellsville (KY)
    • Won Mid-South Coach of the Year honors in 1999 following a 28-3 season
  • Spent five years as the head coach at Eastern Kentucky, reaching his first NCAA Tournament in 2005
  • Next up was a three-year stint as the head coach at UMass
    • Won 62 games (.639 win percentage) with the Minutemen, reaching two NITs and finishing as runner-up in 2008
  • Was the head coach at Oklahoma State for eight seasons
    • Went to five NCAA Tournaments with OK State, but only once made it past the Round of 64
    • Won 20+ games five times in eight years, but was fired in March 2016 after the Cowboys went just 12-20 (3-15)
  • Two weeks after getting let go, Ford was hired as the head coach at Saint Louis
    • Quickly built up the program to an NCAA berth by year three, by way of an A-10 Tournament crown
  • Along with his wife, Heather, has three children

Travis Ford Coaching Tree

  • John Brannen (Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Alabama)
  • James Dickey (Houston)
  • Richie Riley (South Alabama, Nicholls State)
  • Chris Tifft (Cal Poly Humboldt)
  • Bobby Washington (Grambling State)


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at both the NCAA Division I and NAIA levels