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Kelly Ford, who has enjoyed success as a collegiate athlete and
as a head coach at the community college level, enters her third
season as the head coach of the softball program at Cal State
Fullerton for 2014-15.
In her second season at the helm, Ford and the Titans were off
to a quick 6-0 start to the season after a sweep of the Fullerton
hosted Easton Tournament, marking the best start for the program
since the 2000 campaign. Chalking up an overall record of 33-21-1
and a fourth place finish in the Big West, the Titans reached the
33-win mark for the first time since 2007 after posting five more
wins than a season ago. In Big West play, the Titans produced a
mark of 13-11, totalling an identical number of conference wins
from the 2013 season, but with three less losses.
Boasting a league second-best RPI of (53) behind conference
champions Long Beach State, the Titans strength of schedule was
exceptional, inking competition against 12 teams that advanced to
the NCAA postseason. Among those teams, Fullerton was able to nab
an impressive win over then No. 2 Oklahoma, 3-1, marking the first
program win over a second-ranked opponent since 2008.
Ford also led the Titans to a win over then No. 15 Baylor, 6-1,
at the Mary Nutter Classic in Cathedral City, Calif. Both Oklahoma
and Baylor reached the eight-team field in the Women’s
College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla.
The Titans finished strong to make a postseason push, winning
seven of their final 10 games, including a three-game sweep at Cal
State Northridge to conclude the season. Ford led Fullerton to a
staggering improvement in a whopping 10 offensive categories
including batting avg. (.300), runs (303), hits (431), doubles
(70), home runs (57), RBIs (253), total bases (690), slugging pct.
(.479), walks (170) and on-base pct. (.385). CSF carded its first
.300 team average since the 2000 season.
Individually, Ford oversaw the first Big West Player of the Year
for the program in University of Washington transfer, Missy
Taukeiaho. The sophomore single-handedly rewrote both the program
and conference record books in four separate categories including
scoring 62 times, inking her into the books for most in a
single-season, blasting 19 home runs, notching her into the No. 2
spot on the single-season charts while finishing No. 6 in RBI (51)
and No. 9 in batting average with a .429 clip.
Senior Ariel Tsuchiyama joined Taukeiaho on the conference
All-Big West First Team, followed by senior Leesa Harris and
sophomore Samantha Galarza on the second team, junior Eliza
Crawford placed as an honorable mention honoree and Christina
Washington was selected on the Big West’s inaugural
During the 2013 season, Ford accomplished several impressive
feats that help set the stage for the program. The Titans committed
only 48 errors (.970), which is the least amount for a single
season and led the Big West Conference. Ford also guided the Titans
back to a .500 record for the first time since 2009 after notching
her first season with the Titans with a 28-28 overall
Ford is the third head coach in the Titans 35-year softball
history (Garman, Gromacki) and began her duties at Cal State
Fullerton after serving 11 seasons (2002-12) as the head coach at
Mount San Antonio Junior College in Walnut, Calif.
Ford guided the Mt. SAC program to four California State
Championships (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009), seven South Coast
Conference Championships (2003-08, 2001) and has earned South Coach
Conference Coach of the Year honors five times. Ford's 11-year
career at the community college ends with a staggering 455-102-1
Ford, who worked with Cal State Fullerton as an assistant coach
in 2000 and 2001, brings nine years of experience as an assistant
coach at the Division I level, adding time spent at Cal State
Northridge with a year (1993) at her alma mater, Oklahoma.
The native of Portland, Oregon played two NJCAA National
Championship seasons at Central Arizona College for Clint Myers
(now at Auburn University) in 1988 and 1989 before her career with
the Sooners under then Head Coach, Jim Beitia. She earned her
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from Oklahoma University in
1992 and earned a master's degree from Azusa Pacific University in
Physical Education with an emphasis in Coaching. She has a three
year-old daughter, Sarah.
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