Bob Ford To Be Honored At Champions of Character Awards Banquet

2014 Champions of Character Banquet

ALBANY, N.Y. – On Wednesday, April 9, 2014, The Academy for Character Education at The Sage Colleges will hold its 11th "Champions of Character" event at the Franklin Plaza Ballroom, 4th & Grand Streets in Troy, NY. University at Albany retired football coach Bob Ford will receive the Athletic and Civic Award for his leadership and dedication to the vision and mission of fostering positive character development in youth and communities.

The architect of the University at Albany football program, Bob Ford, established a legendary reputation with his positive attitude and a coaching philosophy that instilled loyalty among each member of his team and staff.

Ford served as UAlbany’s only head coach since the program was reinstated after a 46-year absence from 1970 to 2013. 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. In addition, his UAlbany teams owned a 98-69 mark as a Division I FCS program.

Ford acted as a mentor to over a thousand student-athletes and over 100 assistant coaches, who are now working in the high school, college, and professional ranks. He is a member of the American Football Coaches Association’s Board of Trustees, as well as the National Football Foundation & Hall of Fame.

About The Academy For Character Education
Founded in 2000, The Academy promotes character development within our youth, schools, and the greater community through its comprehensive education programs by facilitating the infusion of positive character traits including respect for self and others, civility, responsibility, caring, trustworthiness, self-discipline, curiosity, strong work ethic, striving for excellence, and good citizenship.

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