Listed among the most outstanding college athletes in modern history, Charlie Ward was a quarterback in football and point guard in basketball at Florida State University (FSU). During his senior year he won over thirty awards, set nineteen school and seven ACC records, won the Heisman Trophy and subsequently led the FSU Seminoles to their first-ever National Championship under legendary Coach Bobby Bowden. Though undrafted by the NFL in 1994, Ward became a first-round draft pick of the New York Knicks, helping them reach the playoffs 6 straight years from 1996 to 2001. He played eleven seasons in the NBA with New York, San Antonio, and Houston then served as an assistant coach with the Houston Rockets for two years.
In 2007 Ward accepted a position as assistant coach for the varsity boys basketball & football teams at Westbury Christian School in Houston, Texas. A year later he was named to his current position as Head Football Coach at Booker T. Washington High School in Pensacola, Florida. In 2006 he was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame. In 2008 he was honored as an ACC Legend and in 2009 he was inducted into the Orange Bowl Hall of Fame. During the 2010 NBA All-Star Weekend Ward was presented the Bobby Jones Character Award and he is the 2011 John Wooden Legends of the Hardwood “Keys to Life” Award winner. Charlie Ward has a book entitled “The Athlete” by Jon Finkel.
Charlie has been married to Tonja H. Ward for 22 years, and they have 3 children: Caleb (18), Hope (14) and Joshua (9).