Former Soddy-Daisy wrestler Kevin Ward has been named as the new wrestling coach at Army.
"Army wrestling is in a great spot with a nationally ranked recruiting class coming in and multiple NCAA Qualifiers on the team," he said in a release from West Point. "We will continue to look for and recruit wrestlers who truly want to be leaders of character and have goals of winning NCAA titles. I am ready to get to work and continue to build on the proud tradition of Army wrestling."
Ward was a three-time state champion for Steve Henry during his Soddy-Daisy days, winning titles in 1999, 2000 and 2001.
He was most recently at Ouachita Baptist University and was this past season named NCAA Division II coach of the Year. The school had three top 15 finishes the past three years and the Tigers finished fourth at the Division II nationals. During the three-year period he coached 10 All-Americans and two NCAA DII finalists.
From Soddy-Daisy, Ward went to Oklahoma State and was part of four national championship teams (2003-2006) and qualified twice for the NCAA tournament. He then worked as a graduate assistant to legendary coach John Smith while earning his master's degree in health and human performance.