Ford was 46-86 in four seasons at Bradley and never finished better than 18-17.
The Braves went 9-24 this season and 3-15 in the Missouri Valley Conference. It was the second time in Ford's tenure that Bradley finished last in the conference.
Ford was hired in 2011 to replace Jim Les, who led the Braves to four consecutive 20-win seasons. Les was fired after Bradley went 12-20 in his final season.
Prior to being hired at Bradley, Ford was the head coach at Kent State. In January, a court ruled that Ford will have to pay Kent State $1.2 million as the result of a breach of contract suit. Ford was sued by the school after he took the Bradley job while he was still under contract with Kent State.
Bradley last qualified for the NCAA tournament in 2006, when the Braves were led by first-round NBA draft pick Patrick O'Bryant.
- Dan Gartland