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Florida High hires Charlie Ward as boys basketball coach - Mar 20, 2018


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There are those who feel Florida State quarterback great Charlie Ward spurned the NFL after winning the 1993 Heisman Trophy. Ward proved those doubters wrong, becoming a first-round NBA draft pick who played 11 years of high-level basketball. Now, Ward's first head coaching job back in Tallahassee won't be in football. It will be as Florida High's head basketball coach in what amounts to Ward's first head coaching opportunity in the sport. The past four years, he was head football coach at Pensacola's Booker T. Washington High School. 'I've played 11 years of (NBA) basketball and coached two,' Ward told the Democrat.. 'I've been coaching football for the past nine years. It's a bit of a change, but I've been helping out with Booker behind the scenes. 'My (football) win-loss record isn't the best, but I've been able to help provide structure and get some things done at the programs. This may be the first time I've had a stable situation.' Ward, 47, wasn't expecting this, but over the past 13 years since his NBA career ended in Houston, he's been inching back toward his hometown of Thomasville, Georgia. He spent nine years in Houston overall, spending two seasons as an assistant coach for the Rockets, before being hired in 2007 as an assistant coach on the varsity boys basketball team at Westbury Christian School. That year, Westbury hired Ward to become its football coach. After six seasons at Westbury, Booker T. Washington hired Ward in 2014, where he's been the past four years. When Ward and his family began discussing a move to get back to Tallahassee - his oldest son, Caleb, 18, graduates high school in May - he put out feelers, which resulted in the recent hire by FSU and President John Thrasher to become a university ambassador. Following his hire, Ward stepped down from his position at Washington. But he still had the itch to coach. 'President Thrasher and those guys were helpful getting me to the area,' Ward said. 'While I was thinking about that and what to do at the university, (Florida High athletic director) Tyrone (McGriff) and I were talking about something else. At that time, I wasn't looking for a job. God opened the door. We're looking forward to the opportunity.'
Courtesy of: tallahassee.com

  




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