Dana Ford is leaving Wichita State’s men’s basketball coaching staff to return to Illinois State, according to multiple sources.
Ford, 27, played at Illinois State from 2002-06 and is a native of Tamms, Ill. He joins the staff of new coach Dan Muller, who was hired earlier this month. Ford will be the associate head coach for the Redbirds.
Ford spent the 2011-12 season at WSU as a full-time assistant. He also worked at WSU as a graduate assistant in 2007-08.
Before returning to WSU, Ford spent one season as an assistant at Chipola (Fla.) Junior College and two at Tennessee State, where he worked for former Shocker player John Cooper.
Muller replaces Tim Jankovich, who left Illinois State for SMU and a place on Larry Brown’s staff. Muller is also a former Redbird. He helped Illinois State to the NCAA Tournament in 1997 and 1998 as a junior and senior.
Ford averaged 6.0 points and 4.1 rebounds as a senior at Illinois State in 2005-06. He started 18 games and played in 27. He attended Egyptian High School, where he set a school record with 2,222 career points. He recently gave the commencement address at Egyptian.