Arizona assistant Whitford takes Ball State job
APR 06, 2013 11:24a ET
Whitford had spent the past four years at UA under Sean Miller. Before coming to Tucson, he spent four seasons on Miller's staff at Xavier, and he also worked for 11 seasons at Miami (Ohio) before being hired at Xavier.
"James Whitford is a winner," Miller said in a statement released by Ball State. "He has won championships at every level (he) has coached, including the Mid-American Conference. He has also been the integral part of four Sweet 16 teams over the past six seasons at Xavier and here at the University of Arizona."
The 41-year-old Whitford has been described by Miller as a tireless worker and relentless recruiter. He most recently had been working with Arizona's big men, including former All-American Derrick Williams, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft.
"In my mind, Ball State offers the best combination of academic excellence, basketball tradition and an outstanding arena and fan support of any sport in the Mid-American Conference," Whitford said through Ball State. "When you add the unparalleled recruiting base of the state of Indiana and the great teaching those high school players receive from their various coaches, this job is one I targeted over the last few weeks."
Whitford replaces Billy Taylor, who was fired last month after going 15-15 in his sixth season at Ball State. The school said Whitford will be introduced Wednesday.