Amber Obaze-Ford is leaving Rayville to take over the girl’s basketball program at Ouachita Parish High School.
She’ll be introduced to her new team at Ouachita this afternoon.
Making his first hire since taking over as principal at Ouachita, Eddie Mahoney wanted not only a successful coach, but someone that could seamlessly fit into the Ouachita family.
“Being as young as she is and looking at her resume it’s impressive,” Mahoney said. “She had a great high school career in Texas, played for the legendary Leon Barmore at Louisiana Tech and was very successful at Rayville.
“What we were looking for was someone to continue to keep us successful because we aren’t rebuilding. Our ultimate goal is to play for the state championship every year and not be satisified with just making the playoffs.”
Obaze-Ford’s three year tenure at Rayville produced a 61-32 (65%) record and the 2013 Class 3A state championship in her first year on the job. Former Lady Hornet Ladencia Johnson was named the LSWA’s Ms. Basketball that same season.
She began her coaching career at Summerfield, where she spent four years as an assistant coach.
The former Lady Techster guard played for Leon Barmore and the late Kurt Budke from 2000-2004. In her four years at Louisiana Tech, Obaze-Ford was part of teams that reached three Sweet-16’s and the 2000 Elite-8. She went on to play in the WNBA.
Obaze-Ford takes over for area hoops fixture John Merritt, who stepped down on February 28 to transition towards an administrative role. The Lady Lions went 18-13 and reached the second round of the Class 5A playoffs in 2015.
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