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gary_ward_autographOne of the greatest names in college baseball history has joined the staff as National Director of Field Operations.  After 21 seasons as a Division I Head Baseball Coach, Ward compiled a record of 1022-361-1.  He is one of the few who have won over 1,000 games in a career.  He finishes with a winning percentage of 73.9.  At Oklahoma State, Ward lead his teams to 10 College World Series appearances, 985 wins, 17 Big Eight championships (16 in a row), 18 seasons with 40 or more wins, and twelve of his teams finished in Baseball America’s top 10.

In the 1970’s, Ward guided the Yavapai College Roughriders to a record of 240-83, two National Championships in ’75 and ’77,  and earning NJCAA Coach of the Year both times.  He mentored a total of 56 All-Americans, 14 of which were first team.  While at OSU, Ward coached 97 players who were selected in the major league draft, 9 of which were selected in the first round and 17 players made it to the major leagues.  Ward is also a member of the New Mexico State University’s Athletic Hall of Fame.  He was born September 19, 1940, in Ramona, Oklahoma.  He graduated from Ramona High School in 1958 and New Mexico State in 1963.

He earned his master’s from NMSU in 1968.  Ward has been married to the former Catherine Gardner for over 40 years. He has three children, Rocky, Roger and Sherri.  We welcome you Coach Ward!

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