UMA Men’s Basketball Coach Jim Ford enters his 15th basketball season for the Moose. Coach Ford has led UMA to the USCAA National Tournament in 2009 and 2010 where the Moose won opening round games to the Elite Eight of the Nation. UMA celebrated its first Yankee Small College Conference Men’s Basketball Championship in 2009. The Moose were awarded the YSCC Team Sportsmanship Award in back to back seasons from 2014-2016. In 2019, the men's team was awarded the YSCC Community Service Award for their work with Team Impact.
Coach Ford graduated from St. Joseph’s College (Standish, Maine) where he was Captain of Men’s Basketball and Baseball Teams. The St. Joseph’s College Sports Hall of Fame inducted Coach Ford as a Charter Member in the Class of 2000 inductees for accomplishments in basketball and All Conference play in baseball leading the Monks to their first Conference Championship (1977) in school history.
St. Patrick’s High School (Elizabeth, New Jersey) inducted Coach Ford into the St. Patrick’s High School Hall of Fame in 2003 for Lifetime Achievements as an Educator including accomplishments in baseball and basketball (1968-1972) winning the 1971 New Jersey State Basketball Championship.
Over the years Coach Ford was a teacher (38 years) and department chair for Oak Hill High School (Wales, Maine) while coaching basketball, baseball, tennis and cross country in 57 sports seasons. During the 90’s he ventured to coach basketball at nearby Bates College as assistant and Lewiston High School as head coach.
Around a busy UMA coaching season Coach Ford has found a new livelihood as the Colorado, Florida, Maine and New Hampshire SIFMA Stock Market Game Coordinator for Grades 4-12.