Head women’s basketball coach Jason Swiney traveled back to his roots to sign the first member of the 2014 class. In May, Halle Ford will graduate from Swiney’s alma mater, Northwest Whitfield High School, and will join the women’s basketball program at Toccoa Falls College in August.
Halle Ford hails from Dalton, Georgia, and is a four year starter for Northwest Whitfield’s varsity team. As the point guard, Ford averaged 12 points, four assists and four steals in her senior year, and was named the All-Area player of the year by the Dalton Daily Citizen. Ford helped the Bruins qualify for the state playoffs in her final two seasons, including a first round win as a senior.
Ford, a future Early Childhood Education major, explained to the Daily Citizen why she chose Toccoa Falls, “When I started talking to who will be my teammates, I connected with them. I felt comfortable talking to them. I wanted to stay close to home, but then once I saw Toccoa and how beautiful it is, location didn’t matter as much.”
“We need a floor general,” Coach Swiney said of Ford. “We need someone who has been through battles at a high level and has a high basketball IQ. It means a lot to go back to Northwest, and sign a talented player.”
Halle is the daughter of Chris and Jennifer Ford, and is the sister of Hank and Tucker Ford. The Fords are members of Christ Community Church.
<em>Pictured above (Back Row L-R): Coach Jason Swiney, Hank Ford, Tucker Ford, NWHS Coach Greg Brown. (Front Row L-R): Jennifer Ford, Halle Ford, and Chris Ford.</em>