James Whitford

Last updated
James Whitford
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Ball State
Conference MAC
Record113–125
Biographical details
Born (1971-07-23) July 23, 1971 (age 49)
Alma mater Wisconsin (1994)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1997–2005 Miami (OH) (assistant)
2005–2009 Xavier (assistant)
2009–2011 Arizona (assistant)
2011–2013Arizona (associate HC)
2013–present Ball State
Head coaching record
Overall113–125
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
3 MAC West Division (2016, 2017, 2020)

James Bryce Whitford [1] (born July 23, 1971) is an American college basketball coach and the current head coach of the Ball State Cardinals men's basketball program. Before he was hired at Ball State, Whitford served as an assistant coach at Miami (Ohio), Xavier, and Arizona.

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Coaching career

While enrolled at the University of Wisconsin–Madison Whitford spent three seasons as a student manager for the Badgers men's basketball team. He graduated with a bachelors in political science in 1994. [2]

Whitford's first professional coaching experience was with the Miami RedHawks men's basketball program. Starting as an administrative assistant 1994, he became an assistant coach in 1997 and advanced to top assistant in 1998. [3]

In 2005 Whitford left Miami for Xavier, where he spent four seasons under head coach Sean Miller before following Miller to Arizona in April 2009. [4] After his first two seasons at Arizona Whitford was promoted to associate head coach, a position he held for another two years before taking the head coaching position at Ball State in April 2013. [2] [5]

Head coaching record

Statistics overview
SeasonTeamOverallConferenceStandingPostseason
Ball State Cardinals (Mid-American Conference)(2013–present)
2013–14 Ball State 5–252–166th (West)
2014–15 Ball State 7–232–166th (West)
2015–16 Ball State 21–1410–8T–1st (West) CIT Quarterfinals
2016–17 Ball State 21–1311–7T–1st (West) CIT First Round
2017–18 Ball State 19–1310–83rd (West)
2018–19 Ball State 16–176–125th (West)
2019–20 Ball State 18–1311–7T–1st (West)
2020–21 Ball State 6-74-4
Ball State:113–125 (.475)56–78 (.418)
Total:113–125 (.475)

      National champion        Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion        Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion      Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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References

  1. http://cms.bsu.edu/directory
  2. 1 2 "James Whitford Profile". The University of Arizona Wildcats Official Athletic Site. Archived from the original on January 30, 2013. Retrieved January 28, 2013.
  3. "Miami Redhawk assistant joins Xavier". Xavier University. June 3, 2005.
  4. Rubenstein, Alan (April 11, 2009). "Sean Miller Adds Two Xavier Assistants to His Arizona Staff". Bleacher Report.
  5. Rosenblatt, Zach (April 8, 2013). "Arizona basketball assistant head coach Whitford pursues head coach opportunity at Ball State". Arizona Daily Wildcat.