Jackie Ward took over as head coach of the Mount Holyoke College basketball program in June of 2018. She also serves as a lecturer in physical education. Ward joined the department after serving the previous two years as the assistant basketball coach at Hartwick College.
During her tenure with the Hawks, Ward helped the squad earn a berth in the Empire 8 Semifinals during the 2016-17 campaign – a first for Hartwick since 2014. Among her primary duties were serving as the Hawks' recruiting coordinator, creating scouting reports, daily on-court coaching, player development and running the team's social media accounts across a number of platforms. Ward was involved in the strengthening of alumni relations, organizing alumni contests and communications.
Prior to Hartwick, Ward was a member of the basketball staff for two years at Smith College. While at Smith, Ward was heavily involved in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes. Notably, she secured eight prospective student-athletes for the 2015-16 season in just her first year with the team. Additionally, she was responsible for the development of players' individual technical and tactical skills and opponent scouting reports.
Ward also served as the Administrative Fellow and Events Manager during her time with the Pioneers. In this role, she was involved with the Smith College Athletics re-branding initiative. She also acted as the tournament director for the Seven Sisters Tennis Tournament, Hall of Fame Volleyball Invitational, Smith Volleyball Invitational, NEWMAC Championship Cross Country Meet as well as other home events.
From 2011-14, Ward served as an assistant coach for women's basketball at Nazareth College. In her first full season with the Golden Flyers, she boasted one Empire 8 All-Conference player and another who finished as the program's all-time leader in three-pointers made. She also helped coach the East Region Rookie of the Year, a second team All-Conference and the four-time Empire 8 Rookie of the Week.
A four-year standout in basketball at Division I Binghamton University, Ward played in every game of her career, earning a starting position her final two seasons while also being named captain as a senior. With the Bearcats, she ranked as the third-best shooter in the America East Conference, and was named to the America East Academic Honor Roll and Dean's List.
Ward earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Binghamton University. She went on to earn a Master's of Science in Education from Nazareth College, as well as a Master's in Exercise and Sport Studies from Smith College.