Bill Ward joined St. Mary’s College sailing in the Fall of 2006, this will be his 11th season with the Seahawks.
In 15 years of collegiate coaching, Ward has coached teams that have won seven National Championships and amassed twenty-eight podium (top 3) finishes at National Championship Regattas. At Team Race Nationals, Ward’s teams have finished in the top 3 in eight of the last ten years ( 3 -1sts, 4 – 2nds, 1 -3rd).
In 2008, Ward was named the US Olympic Committee National Coach of the Year for Sailing by the U.S. Olympic Sailing Committee. That same year, he had the honor of coaching Team USA at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games (Laser).
Bill was also on the coaching staff of the U.S. Sailing Team for the 2007 Pan Am Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Laser, Radial, Sunfish) and the 2011 ISAF World Championships in Perth, Australia (Women’s Match Racing).
In 2013, Ward coached The American Youth Sailing Force in the inaugural Red Bull Youth America’s Cup sailed in AC 45 catamarans on San Francisco Bay. ‘The Force’ finished in 5th place overall in a ten team field.
In 2016, Bill was named S1D/ Henri Lloyd Coach of the Year by the readers of sail1design.com.
Bill graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 1996, where he was a two-time All-America Honorable Mention (1994 and 1995) and team captain. Ward led Georgetown to the program’s first-ever appearances at the ICSA Dinghy and Sloop National Championships.
Bill lives in Saint Inigoes, Maryland with his wife, Kelly, and their son, Liam.