Dean Ward joined the Tennessee soccer staff as volunteer assistant coach in June 2012 and just completed his fifth season coaching on Brian Pensky's staff.
Ward is involved in all aspects of the Tennessee soccer program including on field coaching, individual technical development, conditioning/recovery development and GPS monitoring. Ward also analyzes practice and game video on a daily basis, including producing detailed opponent scout reports.
Prior to arriving at Tennessee, Ward served as assistant coach at Loyola Marymount University (CA) under then head coach Joe Mallia. Before joining the staff at LMU, Ward enjoyed success at Marymount College (NAIA) in Palos Verdes, Calif., as head coach, leading the Mariners to The Peace Cup Championship in his first season. 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 coach for the women's program in 2010. Before entering the college game, Ward was heavily involved in youth soccer as a Director of Player Development for Manhattan Beach Sand & Surf Soccer Club and Evolution Soccer Programs.
A native of Birmingham, England, Ward graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2006 with a Bachelor's degree in Sport Science with Coaching and Exercise Science. He is currently working towards his master's degree in Coaching Education from the University of Ohio.
In addition to his Tennessee soccer role, Ward served as an assistant coach in 2015 with the Region III ODP team and served as a regional staff coach for Region III in 2014 and 2015.
Ward holds a NSCAA Premier coaching diploma and NSCAA National Goalkeeping Diploma. Ward currently resides in Knoxville, Tenn.