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Ali Ford
Position: Graduate Assistant
Hometown: Morganton, N.C.
Alma Mater: Elon '13
Experience: 1st Year

Head coach Karen Barefoot and the Old Dominion women’s basketball program announced the addition of former Elon standout Ali Ford as a graduate assistant in August of 2016.

“I’m really excited to coach with one of my former players. She has a tremendous work ethic with a great competitive drive,” said Barefoot. “She has a love for the game and I’m looking forward to working with her and sharing that passion.”

Ford, who played under Barefoot at Elon, joins the Lady Monarch staff after playing overseas in the Icelandic women’s league this past season.

"I'm extremely excited about the opportunity to join the Old Dominion women's basketball staff," said Ford. "I look forward to working with, but more importantly, learning everyday from some of the best in the business."

In her college days, Ford scored a total of 2,020 points during her four-year career at Elon and ranks second on the school's all-time scoring list. She was a four-time All-SoCon selection and, while playing under Barefoot during the 2010-11 season, helped lead the team to its first-ever postseason tournament appearance in program history. 

"I refer back daily to some of the things Coach Barefoot taught me while we both were at Elon," continued Ford. "In my opinion, I'll be working under and learning from one of the best teachers I've ever been around. Her passion is contagious and I can't wait to be a part of this program."

Ford is Elon's all-time leader in both three-pointers made (338) and free throw percentage (82.6%), while she also ranks fourth all-time in assists (393). In 2012, Ford was named the Stein H. Basnight Outstanding Athlete award winner at Elon, given to the university’s top female athlete that year. After graduating, she continued her playing career and represented the USA in the 2015 FIBA Games.

Ford's long list of basketball achievements continues, as she was the third leading scorer in the Icelandic women’s league last year and served as an operations intern for the Indiana Fever in 2012, when the team won the WNBA Championship. Coming out of high school, Ford was the North Carolina Athlete of the Year and a highly-touted recruit, and chose to sign with Barefoot and the Elon women’s basketball program.

“She’s a proven winner,” continued Barefoot. “I think she’s going to be a special coach one day and I’m excited to mentor her. I always knew that coaching was her call. She loves this game.”

Additionally, Ford served as team co-captain from 2010 to 2013 and was a four-time Academic All-Conference selection. Ford also starred on the softball diamond for Elon, where she was a team co-captain in 2014 and a two-time Academic All-Conference selection.

Ford graduated from Elon in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in sport and event management.


 What They Are Saying About Ali Ford:
"Ali Ford was a terrific student, athlete and person at Elon University and she will bring great value to the Old Dominion women's basketball program.  Putting her energy and experience with the dynamic coaching style of Karen Barefoot is an awesome combination for the Lady Monarchs!"
- Dave Blank, Elon University Athletic Director

"I am so excited about Ali's new endeavor as a graduate assistant at ODU. Ali will definitely be an asset to their program and I'm sure it will be a seamless transition as she played two years for Coach Barefoot and understands the culture and philosophies in place. She will be under excellent mentorship as Coach Barefoot is one of the great coaches in this business. Ali has a great passion for the game, outstanding work ethic and has a great basketball mind. She will definitely impact the sport of women's basketball significantly as a future coach!"
- Charlotte Smith, Elon Women's Basketball Coach

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