Sun, Aug 4th, 2019

IF Foundation Logo

Hall of Fame basketball coach and Indian Valley North graduate Gene Ford died Friday from cancer at the age of 67.

A long-time coach at Cambridge High School who went on to coach at Muskingum College, Ford coached teams at Shenandoah, Tuscarawas Valley and Cambridge to 400 victories.

Ford was a 5-foot-8 guard who averaged 27.6 points as a senior at Indian Valley North High School in 1969-70 while earning a spot on the Class A All-Ohio first team.

After scoring 1,310 career points, he moved to Muskingum College where he earned four letters and scored 1,717 points — second most in school history. He was “Athlete of the Year” in the Ohio Athletic Conference and made UPI’s “Small America” squad.

Ford coached his first team at Shenandoah High School and then spent five seasons at Tuscarawas Valley High School. After a move to Cambridge High School in 1980, he found true success. Over 25 years his teams won 400 and lost 183 — a .686 winning percentage. The Bobcats of Guernsey County had 11 seasons with 19 or more victories and five state tournament appearances. They were state Division II runners-up in 1994-95.

Ford was head coach at Muskingum University from 2007-2015.