PHILADELPHIA - University of Pennsylvania Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Brian Voelker has announced the hiring of Conor Ford as an assistant coach with the Quakers.
“I originally recruited Conor as a player when I was an assistant coach at Johns Hopkins, and he was and still is an excellent player with a great understanding of the game,” said Voelker, who enters his fifth season at Penn and has led the Quakers to the NCAAs two of the last three seasons. “He has helped out at a very successful high school program (The McDonogh School) the last two seasons, and he can teach our guys a lot about shooting, stickwork, and the hard work it takes to be a successful player. He is also going to have a lot of responsibility in our recruiting efforts. I am excited to have him on our coaching staff.”
Ford comes to Penn from his current job as a head instructor with University Lacrosse, located in Baltimore. In his position, Ford was responsible for implementing the weekly teaching curriculum, and completing progress reports for the members of the program. He also has coaching experience from the last two years as an assistant boys’ lacrosse coach at The McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Md.
Ford boasts one of the more impressive playing resumes around, including playing professionally in Major League Lacrosse (MLL) the last three years with the Philadelphia Barrage (2004, 2005) and the New Jersey Pride (2006). Ford was an attack on the Barrage’s 2004 MLL championship squad.
Ford enjoyed a standout career at Johns Hopkins, earning four letters from 2001-04 and second-team All-America honors on attack as a senior captain in 2004. Ford won the program’s Bob Scott Award in 2001 as the program’s outstanding freshman; the Gordon Stick Award as the team’s unsung hero in 2002; and both the Sidney C. Erlanger Award (outstanding senior) and W.K. Morrill Jr. Award (outstanding attackman) in 2004.
Ford currently stands tied for 11th on Hopkins’ all-time list with 101 career goals, 15th with 160 career points, and tied for 17th with 59 career assists.
Three times Ford played for Hopkins teams that entered the NCAA tournament as a No. 1 seed; his junior year (2003) the Blue Jays made it all the way to the championship game before losing, and his sophomore and senior years they were eliminated in the semifinal round.
Ford graduated from Hopkins with a degree in sociology.