Luke Ford has been named Director of Basketball Operations for the UMBC men's basketball program, head coach Aki Thomas announced today.
The Charlottesville, Va. native graduated from the University of Virginia in May of 2014 with a bachelor's degree of Arts in foreign affairs along with coursework related to basketball analytics, statistical analysis, psychology in sports and exercise, and management accounting.
During his four years at Virginia, Ford was the head manager for the men's basketball team, which was named as a number one seed in the most recent NCAA Championships. In his position, Ford was tasked with creating and distributing mail-outs for recruits, managing the recruiting database, breaking down film and creating and managing a game film export database.
From 2010-14, Ford worked with the NBA Top 100 Camp as a statistician and videographer. He also worked at the Tony Bennett Basketball Camp as a league commissioner, while also assisting with camp logistics.
The newest member of the Retriever staff has also developed advanced metrics designed to improve player chemistry, shooting mechanics, and defensive strategy.
Ford also played four seasons of basketball at Albemarle (Va.) High School and served as co-captain during his senior season. He received the Patriot Award for his exemplary team leadership.