5th Season at GSU
Entering his fifth season at Georgia State, Chris Ward will coach the defensive tackles in 2012. The former all-Southeastern Conference player joined the Panther program in 2008 as the defensive line coach on head coach Bill Curry's original staff.
Over the last two years, Ward coached one of the Panthers' top defensive players in tackle Christo Bilukidi, who collected 10 sacks and 16 tackles for loss in GSU's first two seasons.
An Atlanta native, Ward played at Southwest DeKalb High School under legendary coach Buck Godfrey. He went on to play for Curry at Kentucky, where he lettered four years as a defensive end and earned second-team all-SEC honors in 1996.
Ward, a seventh-round draft pick of the Baltimore Ravens in 1997, spent time on the Ravens' roster as well as that of the Tennessee Titans before playing in NFL Europe with the Scottish Claymores, for whom he served as team captain. Following his playing career, he served internships with the Claymores (2003) and Berlin Thunder (2004). He moved to the Cologne Centurions as a defensive assistant coach in 2005 and then was elevated to defensive line coach in 2006.
In 2007, he joined the startup All-American Football League as Manager of Player Personnel and remained there until the league ceased operations in May 2008.
Ward earned his bachelor's degree in social work from Kentucky in 1997.
He and his wife, Erika, are the parents of twins, Evan and Ava, and son Dallas.