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Ford appointed director of golf

 

Northwestern Oklahoma State Director of Athletics Brad Franz has announced the appointment of Aaron Ford as the new director of golf.

"I am very excited about the role that coach Ford is taking on as the director of golf," Franz said. "He has a tremendous work ethic, is very knowledgeable in the game of golf, cares about his teams academically and our teams will only benefit from his exceptional leadership and knowledge."

Ford has been the head women's golf coach for the past two seasons and will assume head coaching duties for both the men's and women's teams, effective immediately. Ford's leadership the past two seasons for the women's team has resulted in immediate improvement by the team, including a 61-stroke improvement over the course of one season at the Great American Conference Championships.

"I'm honored to accept the director of golf position at Northwestern Oklahoma State University," Ford said, "I would like to thank Mr. Franz and the rest of the administration for this amazing opportunity. The past two years of being the women's coach have been very rewarding in seeing growth in the program, and the individuals that have been with us. I would like to thank the past coaches before me that have built the golf program to where it is at NWOSU. My plans are to sustain a competitive and structured program to ensure the best for our athletes to succeed, both on the course and in the classroom. Ride Rangers Ride!"

Under his guidance, the Rangers women's golf team posted multiple NCAA Division II era records including lowest team total, lowest individual score, and highest finish at the conference championships. That record-setting team will return every member this upcoming season, and will look to continue to improve on their breakout season.

Prior to moving into coaching, Ford was a three-year member of the Rangers men's golf program after a season of collegiate baseball at the University of Central Oklahoma. The Cheyenne, Oklahoma, native has extensive experience in coaching at multiple levels including working with junior golfers at the Elk City Country Club kid's camp, as well as with other members of the club during his time working in the pro shop.

A Northwestern Oklahoma State graduate with a degree in health and sports science education, Ford will be completing his master's degree in adult management with an emphasis in educational leadership this fall.

Ford has also appointed former Rangers men's golfer and current Athletic Communications Assistant Ryan Shumaker as his lead assistant for both teams.

Shumaker will rejoin the program after serving in the Athletic Communications Department for the past season following his golf career. During his time as a Rangers golfer, Shumaker posted a career scoring average of 78.9 in the black and red, with his best finish coming at the 2015 OPSU/NWOSU Dual in which he took home individual honors with a round of 73.

"Not being a part of the program for a season really put things in perspective for me personally and made me realize how much I love the game of golf and missed being a part of it every day," Shumaker said. "Coach Ford has a great thing going with the girls' team already and I can't express how excited I am to join in on that success and begin to build upon the successes I know both teams have the potential to achieve. I am thankful for the opportunity both coach Franz and coach Ford have given me and can't wait to use my experience as a former Ranger to help progress both programs in a positive direction."

 

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