Waterloo Black Hawks Assistant Coach Taylor Ward is departing from the Hawks’ staff after two United States Hockey League seasons, the team announced Friday.
Beginning in 2019, Ward worked with Black Hawks defensemen during practices and games. In addition, he contributed to the team’s video analysis and video scouting efforts, coordinated aspects of Waterloo’s futures and development camps, and handled an array of hockey operations administrative responsibilities.
“Fans don’t ever see the effort USHL assistant coaches like Taylor put into what they do each day,” said Black Hawks President and Head Coach P.K. O’Handley, adding, “We have valued Taylor’s time with the organization and know that his work-ethic and his earnest sincerity will be part of what helps him as his career continues.”
Ward will work with junior and pre-junior age players at MAP South Hockey based in Mendota Heights, Minnesota. MAP South provides skill development, strength & conditioning, and leadership training from mid-March through mid-November. The organization focuses on developing high-character athletes.
Prior to joining the Black Hawks organization, Ward was head coach of the Skipjacks Hockey Club premier team, producing a 29-11-2 regular season record in 2018/19. He had previously been an assistant with the Sioux City Musketeers, and held similar roles for the Coulee Region Chill of the North American Hockey League and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire women’s hockey program.