Ward Named Coach at Florida Southern
from press release
LAKELAND, Fla. - Florida Southern Athletics Director Pete Meyer has announced that Marty Ward is now the head men's lacrosse coach for the Moccasins. He replaces Rory Whipple, who resigned.
"Marty is a great fit for our program. He is young, organized and loves Florida Southern," Meyer said. "He understands the need to recruit the best student-athletes and he relates well with everyone on campus. We are excited about the direction of our men's lacrosse program under Marty's leadership."
Ward, a two-time All-America selection at Limestone College, joined the Moccasins last season as assistant coach. "I want to thank Pete Meyer and the Florida Southern administration for the opportunity to serve as head men's lacrosse coach," Ward said. "I am excited about this challenge and will continue to push FSC's men's lacrosse program in a positive direction."
Ward was a goalkeeper for four seasons at Division II power Limestone, which compiled a 55-9 record during his career. He was an honorable mention All-America selection in 2005 and 2007. Limestone reached the NCAA semifinals all four years of his career. Twice the Saints lost in the semifinals to eventual champion Lemoyne (2006 and 2007) and twice they lost in overtime in the title game (11-10 to Lemoyne in 2004 and 14-13 to New York Tech in 2005).
A graduate of Corcoran High School in Syracuse, N.Y., Ward was a two-time team captain for Limestone and a three-time all-conference selection. In 2006 he was the MVP of the Deep South Conference Tournament. Also in 2006 he was the starting goalkeeper for the Iroquois Nationals program that finished fourth at the 2006 World Lacrosse Championship and he was rated second in the nation in saves. In 2007 he was named Player of the Year in the Carolinas Virginia Athletic Conference. He was selected to play for the Iroquois Nationals again in 2010 at the World Lacrosse Championship in London, England, but a passport dispute with the British government prevented the Iroquois team from leaving the U.S. and the team had to withdraw from the tournament.
Following his playing career at Limestone, Ward stayed on at his alma mater as a student assistant coach for the 2008 season. He received his bachelor's degree in history in 2008.
In 2009 he served as head lacrosse coach at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School in Columbia, S.C., where he led his team to a region championship.
Ward and his wife, Aricha, live in Lakeland.