On Jan. 31, St. John’s College High School announced that Pat Ward ’93 will be the new head coach of the Cadet football program beginning with the 2020 season.
Ward has coached the Cadets for the past 19 years; he is currently the program’s associate head coach and offensive coordinator. In addition, he has served as St. John’s assistant director of athletics for the past eight years.
A 1993 graduate of St. John’s, Ward is a member of St. John’s Athletic Hall of Fame. He comes from a long line of St. John’s graduates, including his grandfather, Robert Cady ’37; uncle, Mike Cady ’69; cousins, Frank Cady ’42 and Ralph Hawkins ’53; and brother, Mike Ward ’06, who also coaches for the SJC football program.
As a student, he anchored a Cadet football team that advanced to the championship game, and he was a two-time All-American, two-time All-Met and two-time all-league player. Ward was presented with St. John’s Mush Dubofsky Award, which recognizes the player who made the biggest contribution to the football team.
He went on to have a stellar career at the University of Maryland. He was a four-year starter, spending one year as a defensive tackle and three years as an offensive guard. The Terps recognized Ward with the prestigious A.V. Williams Award, presented to the football player who demonstrates outstanding sportsmanship.
Ward began coaching for St. John’s in 2000, and he has met with tremendous success. He’s coached 24 first team all-league linemen, 11 first- or second-team All-Met linemen, six All-Americans and three NFL players. Ward was selected as an assistant coach for the 2013 Under Armour All-American Game. In 2012, he established the Ward Line Academy, through which he works with linemen in grades six and higher in a one-on-one setting.
As assistant director of athletics, Ward oversees the day-to-day operations of St. John’s Athletic Department and the school’s athletic facilities. In addition to accepting the role of head coach, Ward has also agreed to serve as acting athletic director until the school completes its search for the position. Before joining St. John’s faculty, Ward served as an athletic director and teacher at The Heights School in Potomac, MD.
Joe Casamento, who led the Cadet football program as head coach for the past four years, plans to retire this June. During his tenure, St. John’s advanced to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship game three times. The Cadets won the championship in 2017, the school’s first football conference championship since 1989, and they finished the season undefeated in the WCAC for the first time since 1976. The 2017 team is also the only St. John’s football team to ever defeat both DeMatha (first win since 1994) and Gonzaga twice in the same season. Overall, Casamento has a 22-6 WCAC record as head coach for the Cadets.
“Coach Caz is a true coach of coaches, and I’m fortunate to have been mentored by such a good leader, teacher and person,” Ward said. “My family has been part of the St. John’s community since my grandfather enrolled here in 1933, and I’m very proud of our history at St. John’s. I’m excited to continue the proud tradition of Cadet football in this new role.”