Jim Ward (American football)

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Jim Ward
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1948-01-02)January 2, 1948
Died April 26, 2001(2001-04-26) (aged 53)
Buffalo, New York
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1991 Buffalo (OC)
1992–1994 Buffalo
Head coaching record
Overall 8–24

James B. Ward, Jr. (January 2, 1948 – April 26, 2001) was an American football coach. He served as the head football coach at the University at Buffalo from 1992 to 1994, compiling a record of 8–24.

Before coaching at Buffalo, Ward was a football coach at Northwestern High School and Howard University. Following his tenure at the University at Buffalo, Ward held multiple positions, including physical education teacher and vice principal at Seneca Vocational High School, principal of Douglass High School, and County Youth Commissioner for Erie County, New York. He resigned from that position in 2000, after he pleaded guilty to accepting unemployment benefits while he was employed by the Buffalo Public Schools system.[1]

Ward died in 2001 from a heart attack, while attending church services at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Buffalo, New York.[2]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Buffalo Bulls (NCAA Division III independent) (1992–1994)
1992 Buffalo 4–6
Buffalo Bulls (NCAA Division I-AA independent) (1993–1994)
1993 Buffalo 1–10
1994 Buffalo 3–8
Buffalo: 8–24
Total: 8–24

Coaching tree[edit]

Assistants under Jim Ward who became NCAA or NFL head coaches:


  1. ^ Vogel, C. (2000, June 8). Youth official resigns after guilty plea in benefits case. The Buffalo News, p. B1.
  2. ^ James B. Ward Jr. dies; coached UB football, held County - post. (2001, May 1). The Buffalo News, p. B5.