Press Release from Hartfield Academy
Hartfield Academy is excited to announce the addition of Juanita Ward as Head Women’s Basketball Coach.
“Ward has a long and impressive basketball pedigree as a player and coach,” said Head of School, David Horner, “but what I’m most excited about is her heart for the Lord, and the Godly example she will set for our young ladies. Juanita loves basketball and has a love for teaching the game to students, but she will be the first to tell you that she loves Jesus more and has an even greater desire to influence students spiritually. We are thrilled to have her as a part of the Hartfield Family.”
Ward will also bring an extensive basketball background to our program. While at Callaway High School, she was a McDonald’s All-American, a two-time Street & Smith All-American, Mississippi Player of the Year, and three-time Dandy Dozen. After graduating from high school, Ward went on to win a national championship at Odessa Community College before playing two years at Syracuse University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Rhetorical Studies. Ward played basketball professionally in the WNBA with the Tulsa Shock as well as internationally in Bulgaria, Ukraine, Israel, and Czech Republic.
Since retiring from competitive basketball, Ward has dedicated herself to influencing students and teaching the game of basketball at the individual and team levels. Ward is well-known and highly regarded as one of the most effective instructors of individual basketball skills and player development coaches in Mississippi. In addition to teaching the game to individual players, Ward has coached Boys and Girls AAU teams to success at the regional and national levels. Most recently, Ward has served as Assistant Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Jackson Prep, coaching for 3 years in that capacity.
Ward’s enthusiasm for leading Hartfield’s girls is evident: “I’m thrilled and blessed to become a part of this family and excited about the direction Hartfield is going. I can't wait to meet the girls and the Hartfield community. Great things are to come!”
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