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Head football coach at UAlbany announces retirement

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UAlbany football head coach Bob Ford announces his retirement. (Photo: Twitter/UAlbany) UAlbany football head coach Bob Ford announces his retirement. (Photo: Twitter/UAlbany)

ALBANY, N.Y. - Long-time head coach of the University at Albany football program announced his retirement Tuesday after 44 seasons with the Great Danes.

Head Coach Bob Ford announced this season at UAlbany will be his last during the football media day held in the Hall of Fame room on campus.

Ford has been the architect of the UAlbany football program for over 40 years, creating the program from scratch in 1970. The program was started as a club at first and has become Division I status today.

The six-time Northeast Conference champions will be entering a tougher Colonial Athletic Conference this year.

Ford says he would like to stay around in some capacity with UAlbany football, just not on the sidelines. He said following the NEC championship and two players signing pro-football contracts, he felt the timing was right to retire no matter the outcome in 2013.

The Great Danes will open their season on the road at Duquesne on August 31st before returning home to play their inaugural game at Bob Ford Field on September 14th.

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