Hall of fame coach Gene Ford passes away


Hall of fame coach Gene Ford has passed away at age 67. Ford won 400 games during 25 years Cambridge's head coach, making five state tournament appearances. His 1994-95 team was Ohio Division II state runner-up.

Prior to his hall of fame run at Cambridge, Ford coached five years at Tusky Valley and started his coaching career at Shenandoah High School.

The Tuscarawas County native is a member of the OVAC, Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association and the Ohio basketball hall of fames.

West Virginia head basketball coach Bob Huggins offered this statement about his childhood friend.

“Gene was a wonderful friend. He and I grew up playing Little League together, playing basketball together and all that. Then when my dad changed schools, we played against each other. We had a great relationship. Gene was a great competitor and a great person.”

A celebration of life for Gene Ford is scheduled to take place Saturday, July 6th from 10 a.m. to noon inside the Gene Ford Gymnasium at Cambridge High School.