Monday, November 19, 2012

The New Orleans VooDoo Welcome Nick Ward as Defensive Coordinator

The New Orleans VooDoo gains former Cleveland Gladiator Defensive Backs Coach, Nick Ward, as Defensive Coordinator, announced the front office on November 16th.
Nick Ward began his first season coaching in the AFL with the Gladiators in 2011, serving as Defensive Backs Coach. He also brings ten years of AFL playing experience to Coach Pat O'Hara's staff.
Ward was an assistant for the Mahoning Valley Thunder of arenafootball2 in 2009. He was in charge of the defensive backs for the Thunder during their final season in the af2.
His knowledge of arena football stems from an extensive playing career of ten seasons in the AFL from 2000-2010. Ward accumulated 190.5 tackles, two forced fumbles, eight interceptions and 25 passes defended in 77 career games. He played for six teams, including three seasons for the Georgia Force.
Ward competed at the highest collegiate level while attending the University of Miami (FL). He was a four-year letterman on the football team (1995, 1997-1999) and also participated on the Hurricanes' track and field squad. Ward played alongside the likes of Ray Lewis, Reggie Wayne and Ed Reed during his tenure in Miami.
"I played against Nick, and he always gave our offense trouble," said VooDoo Head Coach Pat O'Hara. "This led to an appreciation, and we are thankful and happy to have him. He will be a great addition and will fit in well."
Ward is a native of Dallas, Texas and currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

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