New MCC pitching coach from Colorado, via NYU
From Colorado to New York City to Southwest Nebraska, the path to McCook Community College is directly exactly where Ford Ladd wants to be.
Ladd, who has a national championship on his resume, was recently named the new assistant baseball coach at MCC. He will serve as the pitching coach as well as work as a resident assistant in Brooks Hall.
“I am really excited to have coach Ladd join us this year, going through the process I just felt like he really had everything we were looking for,” said MCC Baseball Coach/Athletic Director Jon Olsen. “He has been at some really successful places and has the energy and organization to be a really be a good coach.”
Ladd graduated from New York University’s Stern School of Business in May of 2020 and had been working in the Appalachian League in Danville, Va., as a Video/Data Coordinator since June of this year. There, he utilized his background in calculus, microeconomics, leadership and statistical analysis. He also played baseball there from 2016-2020, captaining the team in his final two years and worked in the sports performance department.
“I am very excited for the opportunity to be able to run my own staff and be in charge of the pitching staff,” Ladd said.
As MCC’s new pitching coach, he will be tasked with running pitching practices, as well as strength and conditioning, and player development.
Last summer he was the Coordinator of Research and Development for Georgia Gwinnett College baseball team in Lawrenceville, Ga., that won the 2021 NAIA Baseball World Series Championship. He managed usage and created data for several baseball technology platforms as well as assisting with player development planning for strength and conditioning.
In the summer of 2019 he was a player development intern for the Cape Cod League in Wareham, Mass. working with infielders and hitters using several data-driven technologies. The prior summer he worked for the Brooklyn Cyclones (Class A, New York Mets affiliate) in the ticket office and game day operations as well as the NYU Varsity Performance Center fostering student athletes’ development
Ladd grew up in Longmont, Colo., attended Niwot High School and played baseball and golf for four years and was named Male Athlete of the Year in 2016, as well as academic all-state first team honors in 2015 and 2016.
“I have been really impressed with his work so far and am excited to watch him and our pitching staff progress throughout the year,” said Olsen.