With the conference's likely-only head coaching hire of the offseason, the PAC-12 sure made a splash with Arizona State announcing their hiring of former Fresno State head coach Trisha Ford.
In four seasons at Fresno State, Ford posted an overall record of 142-71-1, including back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances the last two seasons. She led Fresno State to a top-25 ranking for most of the 2016 season and just missed out on a national seeding for the NCAA tournament.
Named Mountain West Coach of the Year in 2015 and 2016, Ford's squad earned Staff of the Year honors for the Pacific Region in 2016.
Ford's Bulldogs went 9-6-1 against Power Five opponents in 2016, including 2-2-1 against Pac-12 teams. The 'Dogs assembled a twenty-three game winning streak in the midst of the season, a school record.
Prior to being named the head coach at Fresno, Ford served for nine seasons as an assistant coach at Stanford under John Rittman, including as part of the staff that led the Cardinal to their Women's College World Series appearance in 2004.
After a stellar playing career at Saint Mary's College, Ford was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 2007 and her #9 is the only retired jersey number in the school's female athletics history.
Ford takes over an Arizona State squad that went 32-26 in 2016 under co-interim head coaches Robert Wagner and Letty Olivarez.