TSU Extends Coach Ford
Success in athletics generally precedes money.
Tennessee State Head Coach Dana Ford generated miraculous success with his Tiger program in his second season. Now the money and job security have followed.
Today Head Coach Dana Ford, the 2016 Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year, signed a contract extension through the 2020-21 season.
“We want to thank University President Dr. Glenda Glover, Director of Athletics Teresa Phillips, and our entire administration for showing their confidence in us to continue to lead the men’s basketball program here at TSU,” Ford said. “We are excited about what our players have been able to accomplish in our two years and look forward to guiding the program to more success in the future.”
According to the Tennessean, Ford received a $30,000 raise. He is now making $220,000 annually.
“I’m really happy that University President Dr. Glenda Glover, Dana and I were able to work out an extension for him,” TSU Director of Athletics Teresa Phillips said. “I think it’s very important when you have a successful coach at the mid-major level, that you continue to do things in order to show him that his successes mean a great deal to your university and your department. Extending his contract gives him that solidity that we are supportive of him, and we see this as a long-term commitment. We’re very pleased to have worked out this extension.”
It is important to note that in the current climate of college high-financed college athletics a contract extension in no way prevents football or basketball coaches from leaving. Almost without exception the “bigger” program will simply buyout the remainder of the coach’s contract when they lure them away.
Still, for Coach Ford this is a wonderful indication that TSU is serious about supporting his efforts. He can continue to grind knowing that he has a home at Tennessee State.