Providing shelter as a coach to the legendary likes of Jonty Rhodes, Shaun Pollock and Malcolm Marshall was never a highway assignment for Graham Ford, when he took over the coaching reins of Natal in 1992. But he excelled in this assignment later on in life, more proficient than as a cricketer, where he finished with just seven first-class matches to his name after his debut in 1982 as a right-handed batsman. Ford guided the Natals to victory in Tests as well as ODIs in the 96-97 domestic season.
His cumulative status saw him assisting Bob Woolmer for South Africa in the 1999 World Cup, after which he took over from Woolmer as the head coach. But, he was later on fired after the Proteas were hammered in both the away and home series by Australia. Ford then became the director of Kent in 2005 but his return to his home nation to coach the Dolphins in 2006 saw him resigning from that job too.
Ford was widely recognised later and was offered the position of the Indian cricket team coach but later on, with the explanation of the right decisions for him and his family, he did not take up the assignment, which was taken up by fellow South African, Gary Kirsten.
At the start of 2012, he replaced Geoff Marsh as the head coach of the Sri Lankan national team.