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Smith Stadium center renamed for Tim and Sarah Ford

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU’s strength and conditioning center received a new name on Thursday in honor of former football letterman and 1999 W-Club Hall of Famer Tim and wife Sarah Ford and will now be known as the Tim and Sarah Ford Strength and Conditioning Center.

Tim and Sarah Ford are pictured in front of the WKU strength and conditioning center at Houchens-Smith Stadium. (Photo courtesy of Western Kentucky University.)

Tim and Sarah Ford are pictured in front of the WKU strength and conditioning center at Houchens-Smith Stadium. (Photo courtesy of Western Kentucky University.)


Ford, a native of Louisville, Ky., earned his bachelor’s degree from WKU’s Ogden College of Science and Engineering in 1982 before attending Southern Illinois University for graduate school, earning his master’s in Geology and Geophysics in 1984. He came to The Hill in 1979 after transferring from the University of Tennessee and excelled immediately, picking up All-Ohio Valley Conference First Team honors in 1979 and Kodak/American Football Coaches All-American First Team honors in 1980 when he led the Hilltoppers in total tackles (111).

For all the success of his first two seasons, Ford’s greatest was yet to come as he earned CoSIDA Academic All-American First Team accolades in 1981, still one of just seven Hilltoppers – only the second at the time – to earn the distinction. Ford’s 171 career assisted tackles are currently eighth all-time at WKU.

“We are tremendously thankful to Sarah and Tim Ford for the impact they have made on our football program,” Director of Athletics Todd Stewart said. “Tim is an outstanding example to all of our student-athletes on what can be achieved by exhibiting commitment, dedication and focus on and off the field. We are proud of the commitment Tim is making as a former Hilltopper student-athlete by re-investing in our current students and those to come in the future.”

“It is an honor and privilege for us to support the WKU football program,” said Tim and Sarah Ford. “As a former student-athlete and football player at WKU, being able to benefit this outstanding program is very gratifying. We’re confident that resources provided to the WKU football program will translate to further Hilltopper success. Go Tops!”

The Fords, who made a significant private financial contribution with the Hilltopper Athletic Foundation, currently reside between Houston, Texas and Franklin, Tenn. Mr. Ford has worked in the oil industry as a petroleum geoscientist for over 30 years.

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