Muncie, IN (Sports Network) - Ball State University named James Whitford, the
associate head coach at Arizona, as its new head men's basketball coach.
Whitford replaces Billy Taylor, who was fired last month after six seasons. He
will be introduced as the 19th head coach in program history during a
Wednesday press conference.
Whitford has been on Sean Miller's staff at Arizona for four years, including
the past two as the associate head coach. He has been with Miller for eight
seasons, dating back to Miller's days guiding the Xavier program.
"I want to thank President Gora and Bill Scholl for giving me this incredible
opportunity at Ball State," Whitford said. "In my mind, Ball State offers the
best combination of academic excellence, basketball tradition, outstanding
arena and fan support of any school in the Mid-American Conference. When you
add the unparalleled recruiting base in the state of Indiana and the great
teaching those high school players receive from their various coaches, this
job became one I targeted over the last few weeks."
The 41-year-old Whitford served on the staff at Miami University under Charlie
Coles for 11 seasons before joining Miller at Xavier.
The Cardinals were 15-15 this season, including an 8-8 mark in conference
play. Taylor compiled an 84-99 record in his six years guiding the program.
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