16-Under Armour Head Coach

James Ward

James Ward

James is in his 30th year of coaching volleyball in Oklahoma. He is the Head Coach at Mount St. Mary High School. James has also coached at Oklahoma Bible (2006-2015) and Enid HS (1994-2006). His high school teams are on a streak of 22 straight years of making the State Tournament. He has won 4 State Championships, including the last two in a row (going into the 2023 season), and has 6 Runner-Up finishes. He has also had two club teams win Regionals and qualify for Nationals while he was a coach and director for Enid Evolution Volleyball Club.

The past three seasons his Charge 17UA teams qualified for USAV Nationals. His 17UA team last season finished 2nd at the OKRVA Regional Championship, 2nd place at the OKRVA Rankings Tournament and had a top 10 finish at the Lone Star National Qualifier.

James brings a wealthy of knowledge to Charge as he has held positions for both school and club volleyball, including:

  • Vice President, Oklahoma Volleyball Coaches Association-11 years
  • OSSAA Advisory Board for Volleyball-9 years
  • All-State Selection Committe-9 years
  • OKRVA Board Member-4 years

James has had 31 players named All-State and 105 players have gone on to play in college. He has had one of his high school setters named the Jim Thorpe High School Volleyball Player of the Year and one of his outside hitters named the OKC Metro Volleyball Player of the Year.

James and his wife, Marci, have 3 boys: twins, Jadyn and Jaxyn, and Gabriel.