Travis Ford hired as new head coach at Saint Louis

ST. LOUIS -- Saint Louis has hired Travis Ford to coach its men's basketball team.

The school scheduled a news conference for Thursday to introduce Ford, who replaces Jim Crews.

"We are going to deliver a brand of basketball that is fun, exciting, aggressive and up-tempo -- one that recruits will love playing and fans will love watching," Ford said in a statement. "We have a great setting to recruit to with a wonderful city, beautiful campus, terrific school and a first-class facility."

Ford, 46, was fired by Oklahoma State this month after going 155-111 in eight seasons with five NCAA tournament appearances. He is 345-257 in 19 seasons overall, with earlier stops at Massachusetts, Eastern Kentucky and Campbellsville.

At UMass, like Saint Louis a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, Ford had two 20-win teams in three seasons.

"Our vision for Billiken basketball is to be nationally competitive, and Travis shares in that vision," athletic director Chris May said in a statement. "He has had success everywhere he has coached."

The Billikens went 22-42 the past two seasons. Crews, who had joined the program as an assistant under the late Rick Majerus, was 77-56 in four seasons.

Ford began his college career as a guard at Missouri before transferring to Kentucky, where he was a member of a Final Four team in 1993.