NORMAL — Illinois State men's basketball coach Dan Muller announced Thursday that assistant coach Torrey Ward has been promoted to associate head coach.
Ward moves into the position previously held by Dana Ford, who left to become head coach at Tennessee State.
Muller called elevating Ward "a very easy decision."
"I’ve always known Torrey was a very respected and talented coach and recruiter, but what I’ve learned over the past couple years is that Torrey is a complete coach who can easily run a program on his own," Muller said.
"His passion, work ethic, integrity and commitment to our players and program are what make Torrey a great coach and mentor. This is a well-deserved title for Coach Ward.”
Ward was hired as a member of Muller’s initial coaching staff in May 2012. He has helped ISU to back-to-back 18-win seasons.
"I am very appreciative of Dan for the confidence that he has in me and for this opportunity to serve as associate head coach,” Ward said. “This is indeed an honor for me, and I am happy to be a part of the Redbird men’s basketball program.
"I am looking forward to continuing our efforts to take an already-successful program to new heights, while developing our student-athletes to be successful on and off the court.”
After Ford left in April, Muller said Ward assumed the responsibilities of recruiting coordinator that Ford also held. The ISU coach also said the entire coaching staff — including assistants Luke Yaklich and Dean Oliver — will continue to recruit and evaluate prospects as well as work on player development.