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Tennessee State coach Dana Ford signs contract extension

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - NOVEMBER 25: Head coach Dana Ford of the Tennessee State Tigers talks to his players during a timeout in the first half during a game against the Virginia Cavaliers at John Paul Jones Arena on November 25, 2014 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee State coach Dana Ford has signed a contract extension through the 2020-21 season.

The school announced Ford’s extension Wednesday. Ford said in a statement that “we are excited about what our players have been able to accomplish in our two years and look forward to guiding the program to more success in the future.”

Ford, 32, owns a 25-37 record in two seasons at Tennessee State. After going 5-26 in his first year on the job, Ford led Tennessee State to a 20-11 mark last season.

Tennessee State’s 20 wins matched its highest total since the program reached Division I status in 1977-78. Ford was named the Ohio Valley Conference coach of the year.

Ford was Illinois State’s associate head coach for two seasons before coming to Tennessee State.