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Faribault, MN (2016) – Tom Ward, the long-time Director of Hockey and Boys Prep Head Coach at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School (SSM) in Faribault, Minnesota will be joining the NHL Buffalo Sabres organization next season in a coaching position.
Ward started coaching at Shattuck-St. Mary’s in 1999 and assumed the director role in 2006. Ward steadily built the SSM hockey powerhouse following the foundational work provided by Craig Norwich and the late J.P. Parisé. During Ward’s tenure at Shattuck-St. Mary’s, the boys’ and girls’ hockey programs have won 22 national championships and he has personally coached the Boys Prep team to eight national titles. In April 2016, a new milestone for the program was established when a record four teams - Boys U14, Boys U16, Girls U16 and Girls U19 - were crowned national champions.
Numerous future NHL players and Olympians were students at Shattuck-St. Mary’s and members of the hockey program during Ward’s tenure. He also has served as a mentor for numerous coaches who have served under his leadership. “Tom has left an indelible mark on both the School and the hockey program,” stated Shattuck-St. Mary’s President Nick Stoneman. “As important as hockey is to Tom, teaching his players how to be responsible, respectful, and reliable young adults is at the core of his coaching. He will be missed by many people within the Shattuck-St. Mary’s community, but we are equally excited for his new opportunity with the Buffalo Sabres, knowing he will bring his same SSM Sabres’ passion to that organization.”
Shattuck-St. Mary’s is in the process of evaluating options for filling the Director of Hockey position. While no firm timetable is established, the School anticipates having the person in place prior to the start of upcoming school year in August.
Shattuck-St. Mary’s School is an Episcopal, college preparatory boarding and day school enrolling students in grades 6 through 12 plus a post-graduate program. The school, located in Faribault, Minnesota, 50 miles south of the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, occupies a 250-acre campus on the bluffs of the Straight River. The School’s 472 students are from 26 countries, 36 states, and two territories.
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