Arizona State head coach Trisha Ford won her 300th career game on Tuesday afternoon. While Ford celebrates her milestone victory, here are five fast facts about her that you should know.
1. Ford owns a 141-57 overall record since arriving at Arizona State.
Since being hired in June of 2016, Ford has won more than 70% of the games in which she has coached.
2. She is one of the three PAC-12 head coaches to take a team to the WCWS in her second season.
In 2018, Ford led the Sun Devils to the Women’s College World Series in just her second season at the helm. That’s tied for the fastest ascent to the WCWS by any active PAC-12 head coach; UCLA’s Kelly Inouye-Perez and Washington’s Heather Tarr also accomplished the feat in their second seasons.
3. The 2020 Sun Devils team improved their ERA by a full run from the previous season.
Pitching is Ford’s bread and butter, and even in a shortened season, her pitching staff put together some impressive statistics. Through the early portion of their schedule, the Sun Devils’ team ERA was 2.24; in non-conference play a season earlier, the team posted a 3.50 mark.
4. Ford has averaged almost 30 wins per season as a head coach.
Ford’s head coaching career began with two year at Saint Mary’s, her alma mater, and continued with four years at Fresno State before she got to ASU.
5. In 2007, Ford was inducted into the Saint Mary’s Hall of Fame for her accomplishments as a player.
Ford graduated from Saint Mary’s in 1999 and is the only female athlete in school history to have her number (#9) retired.