Dean Ward joined the Tennessee soccer coaching staff in 2012 as a volunteer assistant coach. He previously worked with assistant coach Joe Mallia at Loyola Marymount in 2011 when Mallia served as the head coach of the Lions.
Ward brings a wealth of expertise and coaching experience to Knoxville. One of his main coaching responsibilities is directing the fitness, warm-up and cool-down routines for the Tennessee soccer team. Every practice and every game starts and ends with Ward preparing the team for game action or recovery.
Ward works with the Tennessee attack and runs drills on finishing inside the box. In 2014, Tennessee enjoyed late-season offensive surge, scoring 12 goals in its final five matches with three-straight three-goal showings. UT's prowess in penalty kicks was on display in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals as Tennessee advanced past No. 8 Florida with a 5-4 PK advantage.
Ward enjoyed three successful years at Marymount College (NAIA) in Palos Verdes, Calif. He served as assistant coach for both the men's program and the women's program for two years before taking over as the head women's soccer coach in 2010. Ward led the Mariners to The Peace Cup Championship and a 7-8-4 record - the most successful season in the program's short history.
He served as the head coach of boys soccer at Vistamar High School in El Segundo, Calif., for four years and also coached female club soccer teams and served as the director of player development at Manhattan Beach Sand & Surf Soccer Club. Ward has also served as the director of coaching at Evolution Soccer Programs and MLS Camps, overseeing 90 coaches per year.
Ward owns NSCAA Premier Advanced National and National diplomas, NSCAA National, State and Regional Goalkeeping credentials and UEFA Levels I and II qualifications in coaching soccer.
A native of Birmingham, England, Ward earned his bachelor of science degree in coaching science with sport and exercise science from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2006. He is currently working towards his masters degree in coaching education from the University of Ohio.
Ward currently resides in Knoxville, Tenn.