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UAlbany's Ford to retire at season's end
ALBANY -- Bob Ford, who began his football coaching career with the Great Danes in 1965, announced on Tuesday that he will retire at the end of the season.
Ford was hired as head coach on April 27, 1970 and in the more than four decades since then, he has built the program into one of the best in FCS football. The soon-to-be 76-year-old coach will step down after the 2013 season.
In 43 seasons, Ford has won 264 of 436 games - the most among active Division One coaches. He led UAlbany's movement up the ladder from a club team, to Division Three in 1973, to Division Two in 1995, and Division 1-AA in 1999. From there, Ford's Great Danes have won six NEC titles.
This season, Ford and the Great Danes will move into a new home - Bob Ford Field - and a new conference, the CAA, which is one of the elite Division One FCS conferences in the country.
Ford considered retiring after winning a title last season, but decided to stay for one more year. With the team moving to a stronger conference, it could mean more losses, and he didn't want that burden to fall on a new coach.
Associate head coach Ryan McCarthy is a strong candidate to replace Ford, but Athletic Director Dr. Lee McElroy said that it this is a "coveted job" and there will be a tremendous amount of interest.