Cardinal alum leave posts at Concordia to lead his alma mater


by Gary Adornato

Josh Ward

Concordia Prep athletic director and football coach Josh Ward, a 2004 graduate of Calvert Hall College, has been named The Hall’s new football coach, he confirmed to Varsity Sports Network, Saturday morning.

Ward succeeds Donald Davis, also a Calvert Hall alum, who stepped down from the post, after 13 seasons and 97 wins, earlier this year and is now the coach at Sidwell Friends School in the District.

“It’s truly an honor to be named the head coach at my alma mater,” said Ward. “It was a very tough decision to leave Concordia Prep because Mr. Brent Johnson gave me my first opportunity to be a head coach, but it is time for the next chapter in my life and I can’t wait for this opportunity and the road ahead. Go Hall.”

After graduating from Calvert Hall, Ward went on to play two seasons as a defensive lineman at Lycoming College. An injury, however, cut short his playing career and he finished his undergraduate studies at Salisbury State University. He began his coaching career on the college level, working on the staffs at the College of Charleston, Western Connecticut State and West Virginia Wesleyan.

In 2016 he returned to Baltimore and joined the coaching staff at St. Frances Academy, just as the East Baltimore school was beginning its ascent into national prominence.

One year later, he was hired as the athletic director and football coach at Concordia where he oversaw a program that reached the MIAA C Conference championship game in 2018 and moved up to the MIAA B in 2019. After a 4-6 campaign in 2017, the Saints drastically increased the number of athletes in their football program and improved to 9-3 in 2018.

The high-water mark came after Concordia defeated then-No. 14 Dundalk, 14-0, in Week 3 of the 2019 season, to remain undefeated and enter the VSN Football Top 20 for the first time in school history, while earning Ward recognition as the Baltimore Touchdown Club Coach of the Week.

According to sources close to the search process, Ward emerged from a group of finalists that included two college coaches and an assistant with a prominent private school program in D.C.