Brown scored what was then a career-high 21 points in WCU's last meeting with a Big Ten opponent, Minnesota
"I am very excited about Dustin being on our staff," said WCU head coach Larry Hunter. "He grew up as a coaches' son and has developed into an outstanding coach in his own right. Dustin is one of the greatest competitors I have ever coached and a winner in every aspect. Our players will really enjoy being around and working with Dustin."
Ford comes to Western after spending four years as head coach at Jackson (Ohio) High School. While with the Ironmen, Ford turned the program around over his tenure. In just his second season, he led Jackson to a district runner-up finish and a sectional championship. This past year, Ford guided the Ironmen to their best season in the program's history, posting an 18-4 record and setting school records for most regular-season wins (17) and consecutive wins (12). Jackson placed second in the Southeast Ohio Athletic League (SEOAL), its best finish since 1991-92. For his efforts, Ford was tabbed District 13 Division I-II Coach of the Year, as well as being the Associated Press Southeast District Coach of the Year.
A native of Cambridge, Ohio, Ford was a four-year starter at Ohio (1997-2001) under Coach Hunter, who helped the Bobcats win 18, 20 and 19 games, respectively, over his final three seasons. Included in those wins were victories over Syracuse, who was ranked 11th at the time, at the Orange's own Carrier Classic; Arizona State at the Sun Devils' own azcentral.com Classic; and West Virginia twice, while dropping a double-overtime game to #19 Wake Forest at the Rainbow Classic. Ford led the Bobcats in 3-pointers made as a junior (67) and senior (46), while dishing out 101 and 75 assists over his final two years, respectively. Part of Ford's team-leading trey total from his junior season came by draining seven, scoring a career-high 23 points, versus Kent State in the regular-season finale of 2000. He additionally led Ohio with 84 assists during his freshman campaign. Ford ended his career ranked among the Ohio all-time top 10 in 3-pointers made (4th with 166), assists (6th with 309) and 3-point percentage (9th with .352).
Ford received his B.S. in Communication from Ohio in 2001. He is married to the former Marcie Young. The couple has one daughter, Abbie Jo (4) and are expecting their second child later this month. Coaching is prominent in the Ford family. Dustin's father, Gene, a standout at Muskingum, was a longtime head coach at Cambridge High School and will move on to his alma mater be an assistant coach. Muskingum recently hired as its head men's basketball coach Dustin's brother, Geno, who also played for Hunter at Ohio.