Conor Ford was named U-M's newest assistant coach by head coach John Paul on July 21, 2014, joining the program after serving the previous five seasons in a similar role at Drexel.
While at Drexel, Ford led the team to unparalleled success. In 2014, the Dragons won their first Colonial Athletic Association championship and received the school's first NCAA bid in men's lacrosse. Drexel upset fourth-seeded Penn in the first round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to the Denver Pioneers, 15-6.
Overall, the Dragon offense was No. 16 in the country with 11.61 goals per contest and No. 16 in points per game (18.06). The offense was paced by trio of USILA All-Americans in Ben McIntosh, the top-scoring midfielder in the NCAA, as well as attackmen Ryan Belka and Nick Trizano.
In 2013, the Dragons' potent offense finished the year at 45 percent in extra-man opportunities, ranking fifth in the nation. The Dragons scored 12.17 goals per game, the seventh-best total in all of Division I. In addition, Drexel was third in assists per game and fifth in points per contest.
Ford was an assistant for three seasons at Penn before coming to Drexel. He was the Quakers' offensive coordinator, and during his time at Penn, the Quakers had three All-Ivy selections and one player named an Honorable Mention All-American.
Additionally, Ford was an outstanding player in his own right, as he had a brilliant collegiate career at Johns Hopkins. A four-year letterwinner, Ford was a second-team All-America selection as a senior captain when he scored 44 goals, the 10th-highest single-season total in Johns Hopkins history.
The Blue Jays were 47-10 during his four seasons, advanced to the 2002 and 2004 NCAA semifinals, and made a trip to the 2003 NCAA title game. Ford's 2001 team played in the quarterfinals.
He is tied for 14th on the Hopkins career goals list with 101. Ford is also 17th in career points (160) and is tied for 22nd in career assists with 59. He graduated with a degree in sociology.
Ford went on to play professionally after his collegiate career. He played five seasons in Major League Lacrosse, two with the Philadelphia Barrage and another three with the New Jersey Pride. Ford played attack on the 2004 Barrage team that won the MLL championship. His best year came in 2007, when he scored 27 goals and led the Pride with 37 points.