Trapper men's hoop coach adds to duties
Andy Ward, head men's basketball coach at Northwest College, has been named the newest athletic director for the Trappers. Ward takes over for Dana Young, who left earlier this summer to become president at Treasure Valley Community College in Oregon.
Young had served for one year as the interim athletic director at Northwest College. Young had also served as the vice-president for student affairs at NWC.
“I thought this would be a great opportunity to get into the administrative side of things,” Ward said of the athletic director's position. “I feel like we've got a lot of positive things going on here at Northwest College. We've got a great staff of coaches who are doing positive things with their programs.”
Ward, whose Trapper men's basketball program spent part of last season ranked in the top 25 of the nation, will continue to serve as a head coach as well.
“There will be more demands on my time, but I'm still the men's basketball coach,” Ward said. “I still plan on doing the same things I did with my team. It's just that I'll have a lot more responsibilities with the overall athletic department versus just taking care of my own team. There will be more demands on my time as I work with other coaches, the college booster club, the foundation and within the community.”
Ward joined the Trappers' coaching ranks during the 2007-2008 season, coming to Powell from Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington. He has 14 years of coaching and teaching experience at the college level, including eight years head coaching experience at hte community college level.
Ward officially began serving as Northwest College's athletic director on Monday.