|Position:||Head Coach (2nd Season)|
Kelly Ford, who has enjoyed success as a collegiate athlete and as a head coach at the community college level, enters her second season as the head coach of the softball program at Cal State Fullerton for 2013-14.
In her first season, Ford and the Titans struggled early in the season starting 16-25, but the team finished strong winning 12 of it's final 15 contests to finish the season 28-28 overall, while finishing third in the Big West. Fullerton had success against multiple top teams knocking off four top-25 ranked teams, including Missouri, UCLA, Hawai'i, and Virginia Tech. Individually, Ford oversaw Big West Freshman Pitcher of the Year Jasmine Antunez, and All-Big West Second Team seasons from Gabby Aragon, Eliza Crawford, Carissa Turang, and Ariel Tsuchiyama.
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.
Ford is the third head coach in the Titans 34-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 (.816) record.
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.