Veteran basketball coach has worked with several area programs

Concordia Prep has announced the hiring of Alphonso Eford, Jr., a coaching veteran of 25 years, as the school’s new boys’ varsity basketball head coach.

Eford, who grew up in Harlem, NY, who spent the last three years and an assistant coach at Friends School, began his coaching career at Manhattan Center HIgh School (NY) and with the Riverside Church AAU program. During his tenure there, he coached many future professional basketball players, including Ron Artest III, Lamar Odom, Erick Barkley and Rafer Alston, who all played in the NBA and other players who played for Division I college programs.

He also coached at LaSalle Academy in New York City, where he coached Lenny Cooke and won the NYC Catholic City JV Championship in 1999. He moved onto college and coached at Fairfield University (1999-2001), St. Paul College in the CIAA (2001-2003), and Howard University (2003-2004).

Eford returned to the high school coaching ranks in 2004 and coached at the Regional Lewis High School in Baltimore (2004-2007), Boca Rotan High School in Florida (2007-2008), Carver Vo Tech High School in Baltimore (2008-2014) and the Friends School.

Eford played college basketball at the University of Wyoming from 1974-1977, and also played professional basketball for seven years in Europe, Mexico and South America.