Adam Ward was named the head baseball coach in May 2017 as the former Associate Head Coach was promoted to the interim title prior to the 2017 season.
During his time at CSU, Ward has worked predominantly as the pitching coach and has helped the Bucs set numerous school records while evolving into one of the premier staffs in the Big South Conference year-in and year-out.
The 2018 season Ward guided the Buccaneers back to the postseason for the first time in four years as CSU earned the No. 7 seed in the Big South Championships. The Bucs finished the season strong with conference series wins over Winthrop, Gardner-Webb, and UNC Asheville as CSU closed out the year with wins in six of its last eight games. Highlighting the season included key wins over South Carolina, Georgia, and College of Charleston.
Michael Sconzo (Utility) and Christian Maggio (Catcher) both earned Second Team All-Conference honors, while centerfielder Josh Litchfield was named the conference’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year to highlight the Bucs’ efforts on the season. Senior right-hander Cody Smith capped off the season becoming the second CSU player selected in the MLB Draft in the Ward coaching era as the Goose Creek native was picked in the 39th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Ward’s first season at the helm as the interim coach saw the year start off strong as the Bucs opened the year with a 10-2 record and received votes in the major polls. The Bucs won six consecutive games with a series win over VCU, as well as a sweep over Hofstra highlighted the early portion of the schedule. A conference series win over UNC Asheville and a home sweep over Radford put CSU in contention for a tournament spot late and led to Ward being installed as the head coach at the end of the season.
Four Buccaneers were recognized on the All-Conference team led by Jason Miller earning First Team All-Conference honors in the infield, while closer Cody Smith was named to the Second Team. Additionally, Daniel Johnson and Aaron Miller were named to the Honorable Mention team. The year was capped by centerfielder Chris Singleton being selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 19th Round of the 2017 MLB Draft.
In 2016, Ward and the Bucs' pitching staff were among the best in the Big South, finishing third in the conference in Team ERA. Evan Raynor was among the Big South leaders in strikeouts, innings pitched, and opp. batting average, while Wil Hartsell emerged as one of the top closers in the conference after missing the first half of the season.
Ward saw his pitching staff put together a school record 471 strikeouts during the 2015 season, culminating in LHP Andrew Tomasovich being drafted in the 21st round by the Oakland A's. The Bucs finished the season 10th-nationally with 8.8 Ks per nine innings.
The 2015 season was the second consecutive year the Bucs pitching staff contributed to re-writing the CSU record books.
Ward's staff posted a CSU record five shutouts during the Bucs' record-setting, 30-win season in 2014. He oversaw a staff that led the Bucs on a late-season run that saw them win 10 of their final 15 Big South games en route to earning a spot in the conference tournament. Tory Schroff enjoyed another excellent campaign under Ward's tutelage, going 5-4 with a 4.06 ERA while striking out 51 batters. Tomasovich also began to come into his own in 2014, upping his game during Big South play to finish as the staff leader in wins (7), innings pitched (82.1) and strikeouts (52).
Closer Austin Weekley provided another highlight for the CSU pitching staff in 2014, notching 11 saves to become the program's single-season and all-time leader in the category. Brother and freshman Tyler Weekley opened his CSU career with 24 scoreless innings to add another highlight to the Bucs' impressive 2014 season.
Ward joined the CSU family prior to the 2012 season from Big South foe Liberty, where he spent the past two seasons working as an assistant for the Flames. Ward also coordinated the Jim Toman Baseball Camps and field maintenance while in Lynchburg. In his first season, Ward helped guide Liberty to a school-record 42 victories and the runner-up position in the Big South Championship. Under his guidance, Flames player Curran Redal earned 2010 Big South All-Conference honors. Ward previously spent four years working with the North Charleston Dixie Youth Majors, piloting the team to state championships in 2007 and 2008 and World Series Championships in 2006 and 2009.
A former Hanahan High School standout, Ward played for Clemson University from 2007-09. He hit .375 for the Tigers in 2008 and was a two-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll. Ward graduated from Clemson in 2008 with a bachelor's of science in economics and a master's degree in economics, also from Clemson. Ward married the former Jessica Tuckman. The couple resides in Mount Pleasant.