Jim Ward enters his 13th season as the Head Coach of the Camel’s men’s hockey program.
Ward and the Camel hockey program are coming off their most successful season since the start of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men’s hockey conference in 2002. The Camels completed their season with a 14-10-2 record, finished in third place in the standings, earned the program's first home playoff game and made their inaugural appearance in the NESCAC Semifinals.
Under Ward's direction, the Camels have made two consecutive appearances in NESCAC Championship Tournament with records of 8-14-2 and 14-10-2 in addition to three consecutive appearances between 2007-2009. The team finished above .500 in the league for two consecutive years in 2008-2009, including posting a 9-2-2 record on its home ice during the 2008-09 season.
In 2013-14, the Camels made one of the greatest turnarounds in program history as the Camels rebounded from a 0-7 start to post a record of 9-7-2 over the final two months of the season. At the conclusion of the season the Conn men’s hockey staff was honored by their coaching peers as Ward was voted NESCAC Coach of the Year.
Ward has been a coach and educator for the past 28 years. Prior to Connecticut College, Jim served as the lead assistant coach at Princeton University in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference for three years with a particular emphasis on recruiting and coaching the defense. Before joining the Princeton program, Ward spent seven years at the Northfield Mount Hermon School in Mount Hermon, Mass. Ward directed the boys hockey program, worked as a college counselor and taught biology at the preparatory school.
Before his time at Northfield Mount Hermon, Ward spent four years as a lead assistant coach at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. He played a pivotal role in the elevation of the Union program from the Division III level to Division I status. He began his coaching career at Norwich University in Northfield, Vt., spending three seasons on the Cadets’ staff. During his first season, Ward helped lead the Norwich into the NCAA Tournament.
A 1993 Graduate of Canton ATC, Ward was a Forestry Major and a member of two NJCAA National Championship teams. At the conclusion of the 1992-93 season, Ward was named NJCAA All-American. Ward transferred to SUNY-Geneseo and captained the Ice Knights to their first ECAC West playoff appearance and was named to the All SUNYAC and ALL NYCHA teams. He graduated with a Bachelor’s in Biology. He received his Master’s Degree in Athletic and Physical Education Administration from Norwich in 1987.