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, teaching Walking for Fitness, Badminton, Weight Training, and Table Tennis.
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. Prior to Hartwick, Ward was a member of the basketball staff for two years at Smith College. From 2011-14, Ward served as an assistant coach for women's basketball at Nazareth College.
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.