West named as Lady Rams’ basketball coach

SHEPHERDSTOWN — With the naming of four-year women’s basketball head coach Melanie Ford to the position of assistant athletic director, Shepherd has elevated Antoinette “Toni” West to the position of head coach of the Lady Rams.

Melanie Ford

Melanie Ford

Ford and West will begin their respective positions Monday.

Antoinette “Toni” West

Antoinette “Toni” West

In her four seasons as head coach of the Lady Rams, Ford’s teams achieved an overall record of 66-50, including a 20-11 mark in the 2011-12 season.

Ford took over as Shepherd’s head coach after seven seasons as an assistant coach under Jodie Runner.

West came to Shepherd as an assistant coach for one season and then left to coach at Dominican University in California. She returned to Shepherd as an assistant under Ford for the 2012-13 season.

Previously, West held head coaching positions at California State University East Bay and Las Positas College (a junior college).

Ford will help Shepherd transition to the newly-formed Mountain East Conference among her new duties and responsibilities.

West inherits a team that had a 14-14 overall record for the 2012-13 season and had only three seniors.

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