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Outgoing Soccer Coach Claims NCCAA Honour
2015-05-29
 
Martin Ward is the 2015 recipient of the National Christian College Athletic Association’s Game Plan 4 LIFE Male Athletic Staff Character Award.
 
Having recently completed 21 years in charge of the Providence men’s soccer team, Ward has been recognized for his “moral character, integrity and commitment to discipleship,” according to an NCCAA release.
 
The organization, which oversees athletic competition between Christian colleges and universities, mostly in the United States (Providence and Trinity Western University are its only Canadian members), has been presenting Game Plan 4 LIFE awards since 2011.
 
Using the acronym “LIFE,” the award recognizes student-athletes and staff who exhibit the character qualities of Love (“demonstrating a caring and consistent love for others”), Integrity (“living out ethical principles in a clear, consistent manner”), Faith (“acknowledging a life of faith and sharing that faith with others”) and Excellence (“striving to do all things at the highest standard”).
 
“[Ward’s] approach to coaching exemplifies the very purpose of the NCCAA—that athletics are a means to an end; not the end themselves,” reads the release.
 
A six-time NCCAA North Central Region Coach of the Year, Ward compiled a record of 184-92-25 as a Providence coach while guiding the team to 10 appearances in the National Championships.
 
He received the Game Plan 4 LIFE Award in person at the NCCAA Annual Convention at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana on Thursday, May 28.
 
Photo courtesy NCCAA / Martin Ward, flanked by fellow award winners Melissa Loretto and Kim Abbott.
 
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