SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Florida Southern College men's lacrosse head coach Marty Ward to be inducted into the Corcoran High School Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 5 in Syracuse, NY. The 2003 CHS graduate was a three-sport athlete in high school as he was a four-year letterman in lacrosse, played two years of football, and three years of ice hockey before moving on to play lacrosse collegiately at Limestone College in Gaffney, SC.
During his four years at Corcoran, Ward led the team to Section 3 finals as a senior, earned three all-league honors in Lacrosse. On the gridiron, he was twice named all-league, and also earned all-league honors on the ice.
As a team captain, he made 716 saves in goal for Corcoran and was named an alternate for Team Central in 2002.
He ranks second all-time with 515 saves for Limestone while compiling a 25-3 record. Ward twice earned USILA Honorable Mention All-America honors, was named all-conference three times and was a two-time team captain. As a senior, Ward was named as the 2007 Co-CVAC Player of the Year by the Carolinas Virginia Athletic Conference.
Ward was named to the Iroquois Nationals team in 2006, 2010, and 2014. The team finished fourth in 2006 and third in 2014 at the World Lacrosse Championships.
In 2011, Ward was named as the second Florida Southern men's lacrosse head coach in program history after serving one year as an assistant coach.
During his tenure at the helm of the Mocs, Ward sports a 66-57 overall coaching record. Florida Southern competed in the Deep South Conference from 2011-13, during that span he coached 22 student-athletes to All-Conference honors. He was named the 2011 DSC Co-Coach of the Year after guiding the team to the conference championship game and then returning the following year.
The Mocs would move to the Sunshine State Conference in 2014 and since then, 33 players have earned All-SSC honors, including 2015 SSC Player of the Year (Dane Sorensen) and 2014 Co-Newcomer of the Year (Grant VanOverbeke). Sorensen also earned third-team USILA All-America honors in 2015, joining DJ Lubs (honorable mention - 2013, 2014) and Austen Lison (third team - 2017) as Florida Southern's lacrosse all-Americans.
Corcoran High School opened in Syracuse, NY in 1965 within the Syracuse City School District. Over 53 years, Corcoran has established itself as a leader in several scholastic sports within N.Y.S. Section III. Due to the success of the athletic programs, the school established an Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003.
A committee comprised of the school principal, athletic director, select coaches, alumni and boosters of athletics at the school was formed and works each year to nominate and select the 'best of the best' for inclusion to the Hall of Fame. Criteria include Corcoran career, college and professional career (athletic) and post-athletic career. Categories for the Hall of Fame are Athlete, Coach, Contributor, and a Special Recognition Award. This 'Special Recognition Award" was established in 2012. This award is presented to very special contributors to the athletic department for their selfless support and hard work assisting the department, athletes, and coaches. This year's recipient of the award is Rocco Carbone.
This year's Hall of Fame class consists of two athletes and one coach/contributor,
- Marty Ward – Class of 2003 – an Outstanding career in men's lacrosse. Marty is the school record holder for total career saves, saves in a season, and save percentage.
- Christopher Bresnahan – Class of 1992 – an Outstanding career in football
- April Wertheim – outstanding contributions in athletic administration and coaching
"Corcoran High School is proud to induct Marty Ward into the Athletic Hall of Fame!"
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