Mark Ward played baseball at Oklahoma in 1991 and served as an assistant coach in 1992. As a player he also played 2nd base at Texas Tech in 1990 and was a career .340 hitter. He transferred to Oklahoma for his senior year to play for Larry Cochell. Mark received his Bachelor degree at Oklahoma University in 1992 and his Masters Degree in education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

Ward has coached and managed one of the most dominate select summer baseball programs in America for the past 13 seasons leading the Oklahoma Travelers to 3 World Series Titles and more than 800 wins at the amateur level. The Travelers summer program is responsible for former OU players Ryan Minor, Damon Minor and Dusty Hansen that played key roles in the 1994 National Championship team. The Travelers Program has had 18 players drafted since 2004 and 110 received college scholarships. The OU players included Brad Burns, Nate Hammons, Levi Rhoades and current OU standout Dillon Overton. His network and relationship with coaches across the country makes him a valuable recruiter and asset for Oklahoma University. Ward specializes in infield defense, hitting, recruiting and game management.

Mark is the Co-Founder of Oklahoma’s leading High School sports website which networks him with players and coaches around the state. Coaches Aid now has a National infrastructure allowing for increased recruiting reach in every state. He has authored 2 Christian based books “The Perfect Game” and “Victory”. Both books are related to sports and life. It’s in this area that Mark has been dedicated to equipping coaches and players for life on and off the field.

Mark has long-term family ties to the Oklahoma University Baseball program. His father Bob Ward played infield for Jack Baer at OU in the mid 50’s. His brother played for Enos Semore in 1983 along with Mark’s first cousin John Russell that was breaking records at the school in the early 80’s before going on to play 10 years in the major leagues and becoming the Manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Ward is an active member, and serves in Harvest Fellowship church in Leedey, Oklahoma. He is a traveling Christian motivational speaker, married to Carrie and has 4 children, Preslee 19, Luke 13, Parker 10 and Grace 5.

The Ward Summer Coaching Record

2001 64-14 .820 State Tournament (3rd)
2002 62-15 .805 NABF World Series (3rd)
2003 64-17 .790 USSSA World Series (4th)
2004 58-11 .841 Elite Amateur WS (3rd)
2005 62-13 .827 Elite Amateur WS (Champions)
2006 54-14 .794 BEST World Series (3rd)
2007 73-11 .869 No Playoff
2008 66-7 .904 Elite Baseball USA (Champions)
2009 59-13 .819 BEST World Series (5th)
2010 59-7 .894 USABF World Series (Champions)
Total 612 – 122 .81%  



Recent Travelers to be drafted

  • 2011 - Dean Green, 1B (Berryhill HS, Barry University) - Tigers, 11th round *
  • 2011 - Kelby Tomlinson, IF (Elgin HS, Texas Tech) - Giants, 12th round *
  • 2011 - Derek Odell, SS (Canyon HS) - Red Sox, 42nd round
  • 2010 - Ryan Christenson, LHP (Arnett HS, South Mountain JC) - Dodgers, 7th round*
  • 2010 - Dillon Overton, LHP (Weatherford HS) - Red Sox, 26th round
  • 2010 - Dillon Wilson, LHP (Verden HS, Western JC) - Royals, 43rd round
  • 2009 - Randy Henry, RHP (Arnett HS, South Mountain JC) - Orioles, 4th round *
  • 2008 - Jordy Mercer, SS (Taloga HS, OSU) - Pirates, 3rd round *
  • 2008 - Clayton Cook, RHP (Amarillo HS) - Indians, 9th round *
  • 2008 - Rebel Ridling, 1B (Sentinel HS, OSU) - Cubs, 25th round *
  • 2007 - Matt Brown, OF (Capitol Hill HS, Wichita State) - Indians, 13th round *
  • 2007 - Chaz Gilliam, RHP (Cyril HS) - Marlins, 22nd round *
  • 2007 - Brad Burns, RHP (Lookeba-Sickles HS, OU) - Mets, 26th round *
  • 2007 - Noah Booth, LHP (Westmoore HS, Wichita State) - Devil Rays, free agent *
  • 2006 - Chance Deason, LHP (Piedmont HS) - Padres, 39th round
  • 2005 - Nate Hammons, LHP (Fort Cobb HS) - Dodgers, 32nd round
  • 2004 - Reece Creswell, C (Perryton HS) - Phillies, 10th round *
  • 2004 - Ryan Phillips, LHP (Altus HS, Barton JC) - Red Sox, 11th round *

Romans 8:38-39

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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