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Travis Ford Net Worth

One of the highest-paying college basketball coaches with an ineffective track record has found himself under fire at Saint Louis University, paying Paul Ford over $2 Million each year; yet his Billikens have only made the NCAA Tournament once under his tenure.

Like what happened at Oklahoma State, where the athletic director refused to disclose details of Ford’s buyout offer that may reach into the millions, similar behavior has emerged at LSU.

Early Life and Education

As a child, Ford had to work hard for his family. He juggled basketball practice with working at his dad’s clothing business – both were demanding tasks – while also dealing with personal issues that made life challenging at times.

He used his struggles as motivation and pursued his goals with persistence – ultimately leading him to an accomplished sports career.

Ford currently coaches the Saint Louis Billikens men’s basketball team and previously held coaching posts at Oklahoma State, Campbellsville University, Eastern Kentucky and Massachusetts. Ford is known for his recruiting abilities having signed several high-profile players such as Marcus Smart, Markel Brown and Le’Bryan Nash into his roster – as well as boasting an excellent success record in NCAA Tournament.

Professional Career

Ford has established an outstanding college basketball coaching career, coaching at Campbellsville University, Eastern Kentucky University and Oklahoma State University – while also appearing as an actor in films like The Sixth Man and Accident Man.

At OSU during his time as Athletics Director, two McDonald’s All-American players in Marcus Smart and Le’Bryan Nash made headlines. Additionally, OSU students earned Academic All-Big 12 recognition.

Ford posted a 42-17 record during his final year as head coach of the Cowboys and advanced to the NCAA Tournament after inheriting an 11-21 team in both seasons prior to taking over as leader.

OSU athletic director Mike Holder had signed Ford to a 10-year contract, with an optional buyout clause worth up to $3 Million should he leave before its completion.

Achievement and Honors

Ford competed competitively at Madisonville North Hopkins High School and led his team to three state tournament appearances. Following high school he went on to the University of Missouri for one season before transferring to Kentucky; there he earned All-Freshman honors while setting school records in single game assists and three point field goal made during that first season in Big Eight Conference play.

Ford enjoyed tremendous success coaching at EKU, Massachusetts and Oklahoma State before his current job at Saint Louis. Throughout these stints he won over 300 games while leading eight teams into the NCAA Tournament.

Ford will earn one of the highest annual salaries among Division I men’s basketball coaches – $1.9 Million annually – as his buyout clause allows him to leave Saint Louis University by 2024.

Personal Life

Travis Shane Ford was born in Madisonville on December 29, 1969 and became one of the highest scoring basketball players at Madisonville North Hopkins High School during three state tournament appearances. Following graduation he attended University of Missouri for one season where he earned Big Eight Conference All-Freshman team honors before transferring to University of Kentucky where he set school records in single game and single season three point field goal made and 50 consecutive free throws made in single season playback mode.

Ford transitioned from playing professional baseball to college coaching after his playing career ended, working at Campbellsville University and Eastern Kentucky University before joining Oklahoma State in 1997. Married to Heather, Ford has three children – Brooks, Kyleigh, and Shane – whom he shares custody with. Ford is best known as Danny O’Grady from The Sixth Man movie.

Net Worth

Travis Ford found great success after retiring from professional basketball as an outstanding coach. Currently serving as head coach of Saint Louis Billikens men’s basketball team and previously coaching Campbellsville University, Eastern Kentucky and University of Massachusetts basketball programs; Ford also appeared as Danny O’Grady in 1997 movie The Sixth Man.

Ford is the highest-paid coach in the Atlantic 10 Conference and has led his Billikens to only one NCAA Tournament appearance over seven years, which cannot be sustained as they have never earned an at-large bid.

Ford has faced many legal and child support challenges during his time living in Kentucky with his wife and children, and is actively engaged with charitable causes that support financial stability. Despite these hurdles, he continues to rebuild his life by working toward financial security for himself and his family.

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