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Marty Ward

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Marty Ward has been a part of the Florida Southern men's lacrosse program for nearly its entire existence. He was named the head coach of the Moccasins in 2011 after spending one season as an assistant coach for Florida Southern. Prior to joining Florida Southern, Ward was a standout goalkeeper at Division II powerhouse Limestone College, where he helped lead the Saints to a record of 55-9 in his four years. Ward was a two-time team captain and three-time all-conference selection at Limestone. A member of the Cherokee Nation, Ward has also had success as a goalkeeper for the Iroquois Nationals team, helping the squad to a bronze medal at the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships. He was also the starting goalkeeper for the Iroquois Nationals team that finished fourth in 2006. He made the roster in 2010 as the team qualified for the global event, but did not participate. He has also served as a coach for the Iroquois Nationals U-19 squad at the international level, leading the team to a bronze medal at the 2012 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships. Ward is currently the only Native American head coach in NCAA men's lacrosse, at any level. A true leader, Ward retains a national profile within the coaches association. He sits on three different national committees, including the Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA) Convention Planning Committee, the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Coaches Top 20 Poll, and the USILA All-American Committee.