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Lorenzo Ward

Promoted to South Carolina’s defensive coordinator post in 2011 after his third season on staff, Ward simplified coverages and made it a point to get after quarterbacks while only rushing four. The Gamecocks’ pass defense has improved greatly during his tenure and forced turnovers has increased.

Ward played at Alabama from 1986-89 and became a grad assistant under the Crimson Tide’s Ellis Johnson thereafter before landing his first assistant job at UT-Chattanooga in 1994. Ward’s first big-time job was on Frank Beamer’s staff at Virginia Tech for seven seasons from 1999-05 as the Hokies’ secondary coach.

Coaching History Team Years
Associate Head Coach-Defense South Carolina Gamecocks 2012-Present
Defensive Coordinator/Secondary Coach South Carolina Gamecocks 2009-2011
Secondary Coach Arkansas Razorbacks 2008
Assistant Coach Oakland Raiders 2007
Defensive Backs Coach Virginia Tech Hokies 1999-2006
Graduate Assistant Alabama Crimson Tide 1991, 1993

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