Tom Ford
Tom  Ford

Associate Athletic Trainer

Alma Mater:
Ball State, 1981; Arizona, 1982



The longtime athletic trainer has been diagnosed with ALS.



`Family' of student-athletes keeps Tom Ford with Oakland.


Oakland Hosts Graduates and Champions Banquet

Alanna Gerber and Johnny Dreshaj collect top senior award.


Hollie L. Lepley Hall of Honor

In the Oakland Center Banquet Rooms on Friday, Jan. 25.


Tom Ford Named MATS Distinguished Athletic Trainer

He was honored on Thursday night at the annual awards banquet.

Tom Ford joined the athletic department at Oakland University in 1987. Ford, OU's associate athletics trainer, is responsible for the sports medicine program and supervising a staff of three full-time athletic trainers and several student trainers. He primarily works with men's basketball, women's soccer and men's and women's golf.

Ford, a native of Nashua, New Hampshire, came to Oakland University after serving as head athletic trainer at Cypress Creek High School in Houston, Texas (1982-88). Prior to his stint at CCHS, Ford was an assistant athletics trainer with the Dallas Cowboys (1982) and a head athletic trainer at Sabino High School (1981-82) in Tucson, Arizona.

The Rochester Hills resident has also worked at the U.S. Olympic Sports Festival and Olympic Training Center with men's ice hockey, and with the speedskaters at the Winter World University Games in Bulgaria.

A graduate of Ball State University, Ford received his bachelor's degree in physical education and health/athletic training in 1981. Ford received his master's degree in physical education and health/athletic training and sports medicine from the University of Arizona in 1982.

While a student at BSU, Ford was a student athletic trainer for four years and was a member of the Ball State Sports Medicine Club.

Ford is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, certified (1982-present), National Strength and Conditioning Association, certified (1988-present), Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association (1988-present) and Michigan Athletic Trainers Society (1988-present).

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