James Ward Joins Ohio Football Coaching Staff

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Ohio football announced the newest member of its coaching staff Wednesday with the signing of former University of Nevada defensive backs coach James Ward. Ward was signed just two days after former Ohio cornerbacks coach Fred Reed left to become the new defensive backs coach at Syracuse.

The move, which was relatively quiet, was announced in an official statement by Ohio athletics. Ward joins the ‘Cats in the first week of their spring practices.

“I could not be more excited to work with the Ohio University football team," Ward said in an official statement. "This team has experienced a tremendous amount of success for some time now. This is a great opportunity and I look forward to being a part of this program."

Ward spent the past five seasons coaching Nevada’s defensive backs and previously has coached defensive backs at Colorado State and Idaho State, where he was also the defensive coordinator for two seasons.

"We are very excited to have James join our coaching staff as our new cornerbacks coach," Solich said in a statement Wednesday. "He is an experienced coach, who understands what it takes to get players to succeed at the highest level. I think our players will look forward to working with him."

Ward will be tasked with helping improve Ohio’s secondary, which finished sixth in the Mid-American Conference last season.

The Bobcats opened spring practice Tuesday.