Burning River Coach
Coach Elizabeth Ford has been the head coach at The College of Wooster for the past 16 years,. Before that, she served at Wooster High School for six years and Washington College for two years.
Fun Fact: Coach Ford was inducted into the US Lacrosse Coaching Hall of Fame in 2021.
Through 16 seasons as head coach at The College of Wooster, Coach Ford has won over 70 percent of her games (171-71-1; .706) and three North Coast Athletic Conference championships, while maintaining Wooster’s reputation as one of the best NCAA Div. III West, Mid-South, and now Great Lakes Region women’s lacrosse programs in the 2000s. She was named senior woman administrator for Wooster in August, 2021, and will have primary responsibility for athletics diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and Title IX coordination, in addition to her coaching duties.
Highlighting Ford’s tenure, the Fighting Scots added NCAC titles in 2007, 2009, and 2010, marking their fourth, fifth, and sixth over a 10-year period, and with them, received berths into the NCAA Tournament. Her teams have reached double-digit win totals 12 times, including 11-3 in 2006, 12-5 in 2007, 10-6 in 2008, 12-4 in 2009, 12-4 in 2010, 12-5-1 in 2012, 13-5 in 2013, 13-4 in 2015, 11-6 in 2016, 11-5 in 2017, 12-4 in 2018, and 16-2 in 2019, and for her efforts, Ford was the 2009 IWLCA West Region Coach of the Year, the 2007 NCAC co-Coach of the Year, and the 2018 and 2019 NCAC Coach of the Year. \
In 2021, Ford’s squad advanced to the championship game of the NCAC Tournament for the 14th time in program history and third consecutive year.
Outside of Wooster, Ford gained international coaching experience during the summer of 2011, as she headed the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) under-19 team at the Women’s Lacrosse World Championship in Hannover, Germany.
Formerly the head girl’s lacrosse coach at Wooster High School, she helped the Generals to win records four of five seasons, including an 11-3-2 mark in 2002, and they reached the Round of 16 at the Ohio State Lacrosse Association Tournament in 2004.
Ford also brought significant experience at the collegiate level to the position. In fact, she was an assistant coach at Wooster during the 1998-99 academic year, and prior to that, a graduate assistant in field hockey and lacrosse for two seasons at Washington (Md.) College.
Originally from Glassboro, New Jersey, and a graduate of Glassboro High School, the former Liz Garrett was a four-year starter in field hockey and three-year starter in lacrosse at perennial national power Rowan University. She helped the Profs to NCAA Tournament appearances twice in each sport and picked up all-region honors in lacrosse as a senior captain in 1995.
Ford, who holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Rowan and a master’s in history from Washington, also was a teacher for several years at various schools in New Jersey, Maryland, and Ohio. She is married to Graham Ford and they reside in Wooster with their son, Preston and daughter, Sierra.