The LaRue County Lady Hawks Basketball program will undergo leadership change as Simon Ford was named to the head coaching spot. Ford replaces Travis Wootton who spent 10 years guiding the Lady Hawks to 158 wins, along with two region runner-up during his tenure.
Ford is no stranger to the LaRue Co. Athletics as he has spent the last six seasons as the head basketball assistant for Coach Paul Childress. He has also coached most all of the Lady Hawks basketball team at the Middle School level over the last three years.
Ford, a former standout baseball and basketball player at Caverna from 1984-1986, got his coaching start in 1995 at Glasgow High School as an assistant to Coach Bart Flener. In 2005 he went back to his alma mater where he was head coach for the Girls during the 2005-2006 season. The following year he took over as the boys Head Coach at Caverna.
In 2010, Ford took on an assistant role with Coach Childress where he spent six seasons as the jv coach and varsity assistant coach, along with head girls coach at LCMS. Childress speaks highly of Ford, and appreciate the relationship they have built over the years. “I am very excited for Simon and the girl’s basketball program. I think that Coach Ford will do a fantastic job with the girls program and I know they will play hard for him. On the other hand, I am really going to miss him on my staff. He is a dear friend and was just a tremendous assistant and loyal partner in the boys’ basketball program. I wish him the very best of luck!”
Ford gives a lot of credit to his friend and working partner Coach Childress as well. “Paul has been a remarkable influence on me as a coach. He has instilled a plethora of basketball coaching knowledge. I am very grateful for the opportunity he gave me to assist him over the years.”
Coach Ford is excited to get started and take over a well-established basketball program. “I am humble to be given the opportunity to carry on the rich tradition of a successful program, which has been built by Travis Wootton.”
As mentioned, most all the existing Lady Hawks team have been coached by Ford at the middle school level. Presley Brown believes the transition will be a lot smoother since they are familiar with Ford. “I am really excited about Coach Ford being our new coach. He was our middle school coach, therefore we already know what to expect from him. We know that he will push us to be our best.”
Ford already has his staff in place as some familiar faces will assist him. Todd Rogers will assume the JV basketball role while Andrea Morris will assist directly with the varsity. Danielle Brown will lead the freshman program. “I believe this staff has a great combination of expertise of the game. Each individual will bring a unique coaching ability to the table. We will work as a group to teach the girls, not only about basketball but about life as well.”
Ford was one of six applicants for the position, and has the support of Principal Kyle Goodlett. “Coach Ford has an excellent relationship with our team and I am confident he will run a top notch program.”
Look for the Lady Hawks to adapt to Ford’s up-pace style of play. “Our intentions are to run a fast paced game. We plan to set the tempo at the start of every game and take control. We will adjust to other styles of play as need be.”
The Lady Hawks have a busy June as the window of opportunity to practice and compete is three weeks.