Gary Ward To Be Inducted Into ABCA Hall Of Fame

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES - New Mexico State assistant baseball coach, Gary Ward, is once again being inducted as a hall-of-famer. Ward is being inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Fame, which is being held in Nashville, Tenn., Friday Jan. 7, 2011.

Ward returns to NM State for his seventh year to be an assistant for his son Rocky Ward. He is the hitting coach for the Aggies and brings an extensive amount of experience to the team.

Ward was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame July 4, 2008 in Lubbock, Texas. He was inducted into the College Baseball Foundation Hall of Fame for his accomplishments as a collegiate coach. He coached at Oklahoma State from 1978- 1996 and at NM State from 2001-2002. Ward led OSU to 16 straight conference titles, 17 NCAA Regional appearances and 10 trips to the College World Series. He compiled a record of 953-313-1 in 19 seasons in Stillwater. In 2002, he led NM State to a Sun Belt Tournament Championship and an NCAA appearance. He finished with a career record of 1,022-361-1, which ranks 24th on the NCAA all-time win list.

"The first feeling I have with this is total humility," Ward said. "You receive an honor like this at it really humbles a person, and of course I am honored for this."

Ward competed in both baseball and basketball at NM State from 1960-62 and played two seasons of baseball under Presley Askew. During the 1960 season he led the team in win-loss record as a pitcher and ERA. He also played basketball under Askew and averaged 9.2 points and five rebounds in two seasons. Ward was inducted to the NM State's Hall of Fame for his accomplishments as an athlete.

Ward was born Sept. 9, 1940 in Ramona, Okla. He graduated from Ramona High in 1958 and from New Mexico State in 1963. He earned his master's degree from NM State in 1968. Ward has been married to the former Catherine Gardner for 44 years. Ward has three children, Rocky, Roger and Sherri.