Ward Announced as Inaugural Head Coach for Wilkes County Baseball

by David Schmoll

The West Wilkes High School baseball Head Coach looks to bring the success from high school to the newest Old North State League team

NORTH WILKESBORO, NC – Wilkes County Baseball, proud members of the Old North State League, have announced the hiring of Drew Ward as the team’s inaugural Head Coach. Wilkes County Baseball will take the field for the first time in June 2024.

“I am ecstatic to have someone of Coach Ward’s caliber and passion for the game of baseball leading Wilkes County in our first season,” Managing Partner David Schmoll said. “His experience in Wilkes County made him the perfect candidate for us. He is an asset and we are excited to see the team he puts on the field for year one!”

Coach Drew Ward is entering his 13th season as the Head Baseball Coach at West Wilkes High School where he also teaches Physical Conditioning. During his tenure, the baseball program has won five conference championships with Coach Ward earning conference Coach of the Year in each of those five seasons. In the summer of 2023, he helped guide Region 7 to the Body Armor State Games of North Carolina gold medal.

“I am tremendously excited about the opportunity to help lead the return of collegiate-level baseball to Wilkes County,” said Ward. “We have such a rich history of baseball and fan support here in Wilkes and I think this will be evident from day one this summer. It is an honor and privilege just to be a part of it and I am looking forward to this summer already!”

Coach Ward and his wife Lindsay have two sons, Clayton, 8, and Canaan, 5. Both boys are active in youth athletics and enjoy spending time around the ballfield, while also enjoying many other sports and activities. Coach Ward and his wife were both born and raised in Wilkes, live within sight of the ballpark and are excited about the new venture. 

Wilkes County Baseball’s tickets will go on sale soon. For up-to-the-minute information, including the upcoming name and logo reveal, visit the team’s Facebook page, facebook.com/wilkescountyONSL.

About Wilkes County Baseball

Wilkes County Baseball was founded in 2023 and will play their first season in the summer of 2024. The team aims to provide affordable, family-friendly entertainment for the entire county. For more information, visit facebook.com/wilkescountyONSL.