Western Avenue Renamed “Coach Way”
ALBANY, N.Y. – Mayor of Albany Kathy Sheehan announced Saturday evening the renaming of Western Avenue adjacent to the University at Albany campus to “Coach Bob Ford’s retirement celebration, “A Tribute to Coach ,” in SEFCU Arena. Way.” The announcement came in front of over 300 guests at
“As a way of commemorating all that you have done, Coach, in addition to having a proclamation declaring today “Coach Day,” we did a little something else for you,” said Mayor Sheehan as she revealed the street sign.
From 1970 to 2013, Ford served as UAlbany’s only head coach since the program was reinstated after a 46-year absence. He was appointed on April 27, 1970 and coached his final game on November 23, 2013. In that time, he compiled a 12-9-1 record in three seasons at the club level and a 41-season varsity record of 256-170. Including nine wins from his time as St. Lawrence’s head coach, Ford’s 265 career victories ranked first among active NCAA Division I college football head coaches and fourth on the all-time FCS chart. Ford won four Northeast Conference Coach of the Year honors and led the Great Danes to six NEC titles. In addition, his UAlbany teams owned a 98-69 mark as a Division I FCS program.
In his final year at the helm, Ford (265-191-1) guided the Great Danes through UAlbany’s 41st varsity season, the program’s first year in the Colonial Athletic Association, and the first season at Field -- UAlbany’s brand new $19 million stadium.
With Mayor Sheehan’s June 7, 2014 proclamation, Ford has now been honored by the City of Albany with two days in his name. Mayor Emeritus Gerald Jennings also declared Feb. 2, 2012 “ Day,” after Ford reached the 250-win milestone.