The New Orleans VooDoo gains former Cleveland Gladiator Defensive Backs Coach, Nick Ward, as Defensive Coordinator, announced the front office on November 16th.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Ward is a native of Dallas, Texas and currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.