Spencer Ford has been a fixture in the lacrosse community for more than 20 years. He joined the Going Offsides podcast to talk lacrosse, life post MLL, the future of lacrosse and more.
Going Offsides with Spencer Ford
Who is Spencer Ford?
Ford grew up in the Towson, Maryland, area where he thrived playing his first love, soccer. It wasn’t until high school when lacrosse became a much bigger part of his life, proving that early specialization isn’t the key to later success. He turned down several soccer scholarships to play under legendary Towson coach Carl Runk.
After a successful tenure as one of the most proficient assist producers in college lacrosse history, Ford pursued a career in professional lacrosse. Though it took a few years to land a consistent role within MLL, he burst onto the scene in 2007, breaking the single-season assists record with 50 assists. He was a three-time All-Star before a knee injury pushed him into early retirement.
From Player to GM
In 2010, Spencer Ford took the role of GM for the Chesapeake Bayhawks, a position he held until 2015 when he became an assistant coach for the Atlanta Blaze franchise. In 2017, he became the GM of the Blaze before adding the role of Special Assistant to the Commissioner for Alumni Development. In 2020, Spencer Ford became the head coach and GM of the Philadelphia Barrage during what turned out to be the final MLL season.
After the PLL/MLL merger, Spencer Ford has continued his role as an assistant coach for Archbishop Spalding while recently taking a position as Lacrosse Development Manager for Legendary Sports Group, a company run by former Bayhawks owner Brendan Kelly. At LSG, he works alongside lacrosse legends Dave Cottle and Dave Pietramala.
Spencer Ford Show Notes
-Finding the game of lacrosse
-Playing at Towson for Coach Runk and Coach Seaman
-Spencer’s path in MLL
-His transition from player to GM and later coach
-Which retired MLL guys could still play?
-A future team of MLL alumni sons?