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Bryant Ward
Bryant Ward

Position:
Assistant Coach | Recruiting Coordinator

Experience:
Fifth Season

Alma Mater:
East Carolina '03



04/01/2014

#21 UCLA Visits Page Stadium Tonight

LMU will host UCLA today at 6 pm.

03/27/2014

Gonzaga Next for Lions

LMU and Gonzaga both have 5-1 records and sit atop the WCC headed into the weekend.

03/20/2014

LMU Carries Four-Game Win Streak to #17 San Diego

LMU has won 11 of its last 12 games overall.

03/18/2014

Lions Host Long Beach State in Midweek Action Tonight

LMU will host Long Beach State at 6 pm tonight.

03/13/2014

WCC Play Opens with Home Series vs Portland

LMU will begin the 2014 WCC schedule on Friday at home against Portland.

02/13/2014

2014 LMU Baseball Season Preview

Sixth-year head coach Jason Gill previews the 2014 LMU baseball season.

09/27/2013

LMU baseball recruiting coordinator Bryant Ward talks recruiting and LMU's Top-40 class.

LMU baseball recruiting coordinator Bryant Ward talks recruiting and LMU's Top-40 class.

03/09/2013

Inside the Lions Post Game presented by MUSCLE MILK

BASE | LMU 5, #26 Oklahoma State 2

02/11/2013

2013 Baseball Season Preview

2013 Baseball Season Preview with head coach Jason Gill.

10/31/2012

The LMU baseball team held its annual Halloween costume practice on Wednesday.

The LMU baseball team held its annual Halloween costume practice on Wednesday.

05/03/2014

BASE | LMU 3, Pepperdine 1

PCH Cup win over Waves

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Bryant Ward begins his fifth season as an assistant coach with the Lions in 2015 after joining the LMU coaching staff in 2011 as the Recruiting Coordinator, Infield Coach, and Third Base Coach. This past season, Ward added the title of hitting coach to his duties. In Ward's first season as LMU's hitting coach, the Lions showed a substantial jump in all major offensive categories, including posting their highest team batting average in the BBCORE era and the third-best in the state of California for 2014. Ward's defense, highlighted by 2014 WCC Defensive Player of the Year David Fletcher, also put on quite the show in 2014, managing a .973 fielding percentage (second in the WCC) and 53 double plays turned to lead the WCC and state of California.

LMU Assistant Coach (2011 - Current):
• 21 All-West Coast Conference Selections
• 2 First Team National Freshman All-American Selections (2014) - 1 of 3 Schools to Accomplish (Miami/Vanderbilt)
• 8 Players Drafted
• 113-103 Overall Record with Ward on Staff
• 32-24 Record in 2014 - Best LMU Record Since 2004

LMU Recruiting Coordinator (2011 - Current):
• Ward began to establish himself as one of the nation's top recruiters when he brought a 2011 Top-25 recruiting class (#23 by Baseball America) to LMU in just his first year - the first Top-25 class in 15 years for the Lions
• Ward's 2013 class was ranked #22 in the country according to Baseball America, giving the Lions two Top-25 classes in three years
• LMU is one of three schools in the state of California to have a Top-25 recruiting class in two of the last three years (USC | Cal State Fullerton)
• Only two Non-BCS schools have had a Top-25 recruiting class in two of the last three years (LMU | Cal State Fullerton)
• Only four private schools have had a Top-25 recruiting class in two of the last three years (LMU | Miami | USC | Vanderbilt)
• LMU is the only non-BCS private school to have a Top-25 recruiting class in two of the last three years
• LMU is the only WCC school to have a Top-25 recruiting class in two of the last three years

Days in South Florida (2007 - 2010):
• Served as USF's hitting coach, third base coach, and was in charge of overall development for position players
• The year prior to Ward's arrival at USF, the Bulls posted a 23-35 record with a .268 batting average
• In Ward's four years in Tampa, the Bulls had a 125-110 overall record and a team batting average of .295
• The 2009 squad hit .315 - the highest team batting average since 1997
• Two hitters posted consecutive individual BIG EAST batting titles in 2008 and 2009
• Four hitters earned Freshman All-American honors, including Ryan Lockwood who was named 2008 College Baseball News Freshman of the Year
• 27 Bulls were selected in the MLB draft during Ward's four years

History with Coach Gill (2005 - 2006):
• Ward and LMU Head Coach Jason Gill worked together with the Cal State Fullerton baseball program in 2005 and 2006
• With Gill and Ward at Cal State Fullerton, the Titans compiled a two-year record of 96-33, and advanced to the College World Series in 2006
• The Titans finished the 2006 season hitting .313 with 43 home runs, while ranking in the top-five in each of the year's final polls
• In his first season with the Big West Conference power in 2005, Ward saw the Titans post a 46-18 record en route to hosting the Super Regional
• In their two years together at Cal State Fullerton, 31 players were selected in the MLB draft, with six reaching the Major Leagues

Playing Days:
• Four-year letterman at East Carolina University
• Ward helped guide the Pirates to a 182-67 record and four consecutive NCAA Regionals (three #1 seeds | one #2 seed) and a 2001 Super Regional
• Left ECU in 2002 as the winningest player in school history
• Finished his ECU career ranked fifth in games played (194), seventh in at-bats (687), and third in doubles (50)
• In 2001, Ward earned first team All-CAA, second team All-East Region and NCAA All-Wilson Regional honors, while leading the Pirates in batting average (.368) and doubles (22)
• ECU went 47-13 in 2001, earning the school's first-ever national seed (No. 7)
• As a senior team captain in 2002, Ward guided East Carolina to a 43-20-1 record - the Pirates earned a No. 24 national ranking, secured their first-ever Conference USA Tournament title, and notched their fourth-straight NCAA postseason appearance

Personal Profile:
• Ward and his wife, Anna, reside in Hermosa Beach with their daughter, Harper Iris Ward, and son, Jackson Bryant Ward
• Earned a Communication Degree from East Carolina University in 2003
• Born and raised in Greenville, N.C.
• Ward currently wears the #23 uniform in honor of his college coach, the late Keith LeClair
• Six players on Ward's East Carolina team are currently Division I college baseball coaches
• In Ward's 10-year career at the Division I level, 71 of his former players have gone on to careers in professional baseball - 8 have reached the Major Leagues
• Bryant's older brother, James Harvey Ward, lives in Hollywood and works as an actor in the Film & Television industry
• Ward (AFAA certified) used personal training to help supplement his pay early in his coaching career

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