Trisha Ford

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Trisha Ford
Ford in 2016 as Fresno State head coach
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamTexas A&M
ConferenceSEC
Record35–21
Biographical details
Born (1977-10-19) October 19, 1977 (age 46)
Fremont, California, U.S.
Playing career
1998–2000Saint Mary's
Position(s)Infielder
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2001Saint Mary's (assistant)
2002–2003Saint Mary's
2004–2008Stanford (pitching)
2009–2012Stanford (associate HC)
2013–2016Fresno State
2017–2022Arizona State
2023-presentTexas A&M
Head coaching record
Overall432–247–1
Tournaments15–14 (NCAA Division I)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
2 MW regular season (2015–2016)
Awards
MW Coach of the Year (2015)
Pac-12 Coach of the Year (2018, 2022)

Trisha Lynn Ford (née Dean; born October 19, 1977)[1] is an American college softball coach. She is the head softball coach at the Texas A&M University, a position she has held since the 2023 season. Ford served as the head softball coach at Saint Mary's College of California from 2002 to 2003, California State University, Fresno from 2013 to 2016, and Arizona State University from 2017 to 2022.

Early life and education[edit]

Born and raised in Fremont, California, Ford graduated from American High School in Fremont.[2] Ford then attended Saint Mary's College of California in nearby Moraga, where she graduated in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in political science. On the Saint Mary's Gaels softball team as Trisha Dean, Ford played at infielder from 1998 to 2000 under head coach Chelle Putzer.[3][4][5][6][7]

Coaching career[edit]

Saint Mary's (2001–2003)[edit]

Ford was the hitting coach and recruiting coordinator at Saint Mary's for the 2001 season.[8] On November 1, 2001, Ford became interim head coach, nearly a month after the resignation of Putzer.[9] After a 17–37 season, Saint Mary's promoted Ford to the position long term on June 6, 2002.[10][11] Saint Mary's improved to 25–27 in the 2003 season.[12]

Stanford (2004–2012)[edit]

From 2004 to 2012, Ford was assistant coach at Stanford under John Rittman.[2]

Fresno State (2013–2016)[edit]

On June 18, 2012, Ford was announced as the new head coach of the Fresno State softball program.[13]

Arizona State (2017–2022)[edit]

On June 15, 2016, Trisha Ford was tabbed as the head coach of the Arizona State softball program.[14] In her first season leading the Sun Devils, the 2017 team finished 31–22, 9–15 finishing sixth in Pac-12 play and went to the NCAA Tournament. In just Ford's second season at the helm of the Sun Devil Program, the team finished 48–13 and 16–8 in Pac-12 play. They finished with their best record since 2013. They finished third in the Pac-12 standings, their first conference top three finish since 2014. She led them to a Women's College World Series in 2018, where they eventually lost to Oklahoma.[15]

Texas A&M (2023–present)[edit]

On June 7, 2022, Trisha Ford was announced as the new head coach of the Texas A&M softball program.[16][17] She would make her coaching debut at Texas A&M on February 9, 2023, a 12-2 victory over Tarleton.[18] Ford led the Aggies to a 35-21 record, an improvement over A&M's previous season, and brought the Aggies back into the NCAA Tournament but would go on to lose in the regional final to arch-rival Texas.

Head coaching record[edit]

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Saint Mary's Gaels (Western Intercollegiate Softball League) (2002)
2002 Saint Mary's 17–37 0–2[11]
Saint Mary's Gaels (Pacific Coast Softball Conference) (2003)
2003 Saint Mary's 25–27 7–12[12] 5th
Saint Mary's: 42–64 (.396) 7–14 (.333)
Fresno State Bulldogs (Mountain West Conference) (2013–2016)
2013 Fresno State 30–24 11–7 T-2nd
2014 Fresno State 31–21 15–9 T-2nd
2015 Fresno State 40–16 20–4 1st NCAA Regional
2016 Fresno State 42–12–1 22–1 1st NCAA Regional
Fresno State: 143–73–1 (.661) 68–21 (.764)
Arizona State Sun Devils (Pac-12 Conference) (2017–2022)
2017 Arizona State 31–22 9–15 T–6th NCAA Regional
2018 Arizona State 48–13 16–8 3rd Women's College World Series
2019 Arizona State 35–20 13–11 4th NCAA Regional
2020 Arizona State 22–7 0–0 Season canceled due to COVID-19
2021 Arizona State 33–16 12–9 4th NCAA Regional
2022 Arizona State 43–11 20–4 1st NCAA Super Regional
Arizona State: 212–89 (.704) 70–47 (.598)
Texas A&M Aggies (Southeastern Conference) (2023–present)
2023 Texas A&M 35–21 12–12 7th NCAA Regional
2024 Texas A&M 15–1 0–0
Texas A&M: 50–22 (.694) 12–12 (.500)
Total: 447–248–1 (.643)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

References[edit]

  1. ^ @ASUSoftball (October 19, 2017). "Sun Devils, help us wish @Trisha_Ford a very happy birthday! 🎉🎂🎁" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ a b "Trisha Ford". GoBulldogs.com. Fresno State. Archived from the original on May 20, 2016. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  3. ^ "Saint Mary's College Women's Softball". www.stmarys-ca.edu:80. Archived from the original on 14 February 1998. Retrieved 12 January 2022.
  4. ^ "NCAA Statistics".
  5. ^ "NCAA Statistics".
  6. ^ "NCAA Statistics".
  7. ^ "Trisha Dean". SMCGaels.com. Saint Mary's College of California. Archived from the original on December 22, 2003. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  8. ^ "Saint Mary's College Softball, Official Athletic Site". smcgaels.collegesports.com. Archived from the original on 10 May 2005. Retrieved 12 January 2022.
  9. ^ "Saint Mary's Announces Trisha Dean as Interim Head Softball Coach". Saint Mary's College of California. November 1, 2001. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  10. ^ "Saint Mary's Promotes Trisha Dean To Head Softball Coach". SMCGaels.com. Saint Mary's College of California. 6 June 2002. Archived from the original on November 8, 2002. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  11. ^ a b Saint Mary's 2003 media guide Archived 2019-02-24 at the Wayback Machine, p. 18
  12. ^ a b "Saint Mary's College Softball, Official Athletic Site". smcgaels.collegesports.com. Archived from the original on 5 May 2005. Retrieved 12 January 2022.
  13. ^ "Trisha Ford Named Head Softball Coach at Fresno State". GoBulldogs.com. Fresno State Athletics. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  14. ^ "Arizona State Hires Fresno State's Ford as Next Softball Coach". TheSunDevils.com. Sun Devils Athletics. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  15. ^ "Trisha Ford". TheSunDevils.com. Sun Devil Athletics. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  16. ^ "Trisha Ford Named Texas A&M Softball Coach". 12thman.com. Texas A&M Athletics. Retrieved 16 July 2022.
  17. ^ Wilson, Dave (7 June 2022). "Texas A&M hires Arizona State's four-time conference coach of the year, Trisha Ford, as its new softball coach". ESPN. Retrieved 16 July 2022.
  18. ^ "Tarleton vs Texas A&M Feb 9 2023 Box Score". 12thman.com. Retrieved 24 May 2023.

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