Emily Ford

Emily Ford

Player Profile

Hometown:
Columbus, Ohio

Position:
Head Coach

Experience:
7th Season

Alma Mater:
UC San Diego '93

04/24/2013

Women's Crew Prepares to Host First Ever Oregon State Classic

Event will take place on Dexter Lake in Lowell, Ore., and will feature Stanford, Washington State, San Diego and Syracuse

04/21/2013

OSU Women's Crew Wraps up Competition on Final Day of Clemson Invite

Team finishes fourth or better in six out of nine total races this past weekend in South Carolina

04/20/2013

Pair of Second Place Finishes Highlight First Day of Clemson Invite for OSU Women's Crew

Oregon State earns two second place finishes along with a third and fourth on first day of Invitational

04/18/2013

OSU Women's Rowers Prepare for Cross Country Trip to Clemson Invite

Beavers will compete against 15 different schools during a two-day span on the East Coast

03/30/2013

OSU Women's Rowers Head to Golden State for Pac-12 Invitational

Beavers will race against Northeastern, Oklahoma, Clemson and California during a two-day stretch

Emily Ford, who is entering herseventh season at the helm of the Oregon State women's rowing program, continues to push the program toward national prominence.

In just her third season, Ford led Oregon State to unprecedented success as the Beavers were ranked as high as No. 11 in the nation and finished 15th in the women's varsity 8+ race at the NCAA Women's Rowing Championships, the squad's first appearance at nationals since the 2000 season.

Her efforts throughout the 2009 season earned her Pac-10 Conference Coach of the Year honors as the Beavers finished third at the Pac-10 Championships, their highest finish since the 2000 season. Ford's first two seasons at Oregon State brought growth and success to the program as her varsity 8+ crews finished the season ranked 16th and 17th in the nation, respectively.

"When Coach Ford was hired we thought she could take the program to another level; we haven't been disappointed," Director of Athletics Bob De Carolis said. "She's done an outstanding job recruiting, coaching and representing the program at the national level. I'm confident the program will continue to grow and be a national contender."

In the final race of the 2007 season, Ford's V8+ beat Pacific Northwest rival Washington at the Pac-10 Championships. The 2008 Beavers, unranked at the time, followed that performance by beating the Huskies in a dual race in Seattle for OSU's first dual win over the Huskies in over 20 years. The effort earned the Beavers a nomination at for the Crew of the Week by row2k.com.

Additionally, the 2008 OSU 2V earned a silver medal at the PAC-10 championships marking the first PAC-10 medal for the Beavers since the Novice 8+ earned a bronze in 2005. At the end of the 2008 campaign, OSU's Kaylie Towne was named as an All-American for the second year in a row becoming only the second rower in Oregon State history to earn multiple All-America honors.

While the 2010 and `11 seasons didn't yield the same success as '09, Ford appears to have the Beavers poised for another run at the NCAA Championships. The novice crews just missed podium finishes at Pac-10 Championships in 2009 and '10 before racing to a silver medal in 2011.

During the 2012 season, Ford led the Beavers's First Varsity8+ boats to victories against Gonzagaas well as two second place finishes in the Michigan Invite and thegrand final of the San Diego Crew Classic.

Ford also saw one of her incoming freshman rowers compete on the international level during 2012 as Israeli native Chen Oshri participated in the U-23 World Championships as well as the European Championships.

Prior to her arrival in 2006, the native of Columbus, Ohio, Ford spent the previous 11 years at the University of Michigan helping to build the program from the club level to a national power. After six years as an assistant coach, Ford was promoted to associate head coach in the fall of 2002.

Ford's primary responsibility at U-M was coaching the second varsity eight. In 2004, her boat earned a Big Ten Championship, second place at the NCAA Central Regional and fourth at the NCAA Championships.

For her exceptional efforts throughout the 2004 campaign, Ford was selected as the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association's Central Region and National Assistant Coach of the Year.

In 2001, the second varsity eight won all 11 of its races by open water margins and captured Michigan Rowing's first national title with a first-place finish at the NCAA Championships. The streak continued in 2002 and reached 14 victories.

Prior to working with the varsity team, Ford coached the U-M novice squad in 1996 and 1997. During her first season of working exclusively with the varsity team (1998), the U-M second varsity boat placed fifth at the NCAA Championships. In 1999, the boat finished third, then the highest NCAA finish in Michigan rowing history. In 2000 and 2001, the second varsity eight captured Big Ten Conference titles before finishing as the conference runner-up in 2002.

As a result of her work with Michigan, Ford earned a position as an assistant coach for the USRowing Junior National team that competed at the FISA Junior World Rowing Championships in Trakai, Lithuania, in August 2002.

Ford has also served as a board member for the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association. As the first chair in the history of the CRCA awards committee, Ford initiated the program for awarding All-America rowing honors through the coaching association.

Prior to her time at Michigan, Ford spent two years coaching at the University of California-San Diego. Ford's UCSD crews placed at the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships and captured silver and bronze medals at the California State Championships.

Ford was a three-year letterwinner, a two-time team captain and the only rower in school history to earn the prestigious Outstanding Senior Female Athlete Award at UCSD. She was a member of the 1993 gold medal women's lightweight 4+ at the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships. Ford earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from UCSD in 1993.

After her successful collegiate rowing career, Ford competed with a lightweight development camp hosted by Vesper Boat Club and a U.S. national team pre-elite camp. Her crews captured three gold medals in the 1992 Canadian Henley Regatta and four gold medals at the American Rowing Championships.

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