Coach Jesse Ford is entering his third season with the Fisher College Women's Basketball coaching staff. After being named the Interim Head Coach in November of 2017, he was officially named the Head Coach on January 25th of 2018. During the 2017-18 season, Coach Ford was able to lead the Fisher Women’s Basketball team to a (then) program-best 17-11 regular season record, finishing above .500 for the first time in program history. The record-setting season was capped off with the program’s first ever NAIA A.I.I. Tournament post-season appearance, where they lost in a competitive battle and finished the season at 17-12. Coached by Ford, the Falcons ranked in the Top 15 in the country in both Defensive Field Goal Percentage and Steals per Game. Offensively, they also ranked in the Top 20 in the country in both Assists per Game and Made 3-pt Field Goals per Game.
In the 2018-19 season, Ford and the Fisher Women’s Basketball program topped their previous regular-season record by finishing with a program-best 19-10 regular-season record and the second consecutive trip to the A.I.I. post-season tournament. Led by Ford, the Falcons continued their defensive dominance. They finished the year ranked #1 in the country in Defensive Field Goal Percentage, #1 in the country in Defensive 3pt Percentage, and #5 in the country in Overall Scoring Defense/Game.
Ford had previously been a part of the Fisher College Men's Basketball program for four seasons as an Assistant Coach, and as the Associate Head Coach during his final season with the team.
Prior to Fisher, Ford brings with him four additional years of extensive coaching experience, including three at the NCAA Division 1 level. During the 2013-14 season, Ford worked as a Graduate Assistant under Don Verlin and the University of Idaho Men’s Basketball program (finished 5th in the WAC and 2nd in the WAC tournament). At Idaho, Ford assisted in all aspects of coaching duties, including individual workouts and game film analysis. Additionally, he spent the 2012-13 season as an Assistant Varsity Boys’ Basketball Coach at Genesee High School in Genesee, Idaho. As an undergraduate at the University of Idaho, he spent two seasons (2008-09 and 2010-11) as an undergraduate Student Assistant under Coach Jon Newlee for the University of Idaho Women’s Basketball program.
Coach Ford has a master’s degree in Movement and Leisure Science with a Concentration in Sport Psychology from the University of Idaho. He currently resides in Boston, MA.