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Former Ole Miss, NFL defensive lineman tabbed as St. Andrew’s head football coach

Channing Ward
Channing Ward (Photo courtesy of St. Andrew's Episcopal School)

A former Ole Miss and Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end has been hired to take over football operations at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Ridgeland.

Aberdeen native Channing Ward, a former five-star recruit and Dandy Dozen in Mississippi, begins his head coaching responsibilities immediately as he leads spring training practices that are scheduled to start next week

“When I first came to St. Andrew’s, it felt like a family, and I am a family guy,” Ward said. “I am excited to be here, meet the guys, and I’m ready to get to work.”

During his high school days, Ward was a top player in the Magnolia State. He received offers to play from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Alabama, LSU, and Auburn before settling on a future in Oxford. During his career at Ole Miss, he played in 54 games from 2012-16, during which time the team won the BBVA Compass Bowl, Music City Bowl, and Sugar Bowl.

Following his stint with the Rebels, Ward spent two seasons in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and later in the XFL with the St. Louis Battlehawks. Since returning to his home state, Ward has served as the defensive line coach for Aberdeen High School, New Albany High School, and Coahoma Community College.

“His coaching references are outstanding, and all speak highly of his character. He is described as someone who deeply cares about his players,” St. Andrew’s Head of School Kevin Lewis said. “We are thrilled to have him leading our football program and excited about its future.”

St. Andrew’s competes in the MHSAA and has won 124 state championships in various sports. Many alumni currently play baseball, basketball, football, swimming, tennis, track, volleyball, and soccer at the collegiate level.

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