Hines Ward to Join Arizona State as Wide Receivers Coach

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Hines Ward to Join Arizona State as Wide Receivers Coach

Former NFL player Hines Ward has reached an agreement to become the next wide receivers coach for Arizona State University, as reported by sources familiar with the situation. The deal is currently in the final stages of completion, and once finalized, Ward will bring his wealth of experience and expertise to the Arizona State coaching staff.

Ward, a two-time Super Bowl champion and the MVP of Super Bowl XL, not only brings his impressive playing background but also valuable coaching experience to the table. Having previously served as a wide receivers coach at Florida Atlantic and worked as an offensive assistant for the New York Jets, Ward also has head coaching experience in the XFL, showcasing his versatility and knowledge of the game.

He will be joining the coaching staff led by second-year head coach Kenny Dillingham, filling the void left by the departure of former receivers coach Ra’Shaad Samples, who has moved on to Oregon. Ward will be taking over a wide receiver group that is widely regarded as one of the most talented units within the program, boasting players such as veteran transfer Jake Smith, top returning receiver Elijhah Badger, and Colorado transfer Jordyn Tyson.

During his illustrious NFL career, which spanned from 1998 to 2011, Ward accumulated impressive statistics, including 12,083 receiving yards, 1,000 receptions, and 85 receiving touchdowns while playing exclusively for the Pittsburgh Steelers. His on-field success and work ethic have made him a respected figure within the football community.

Arizona State faced challenges in Dillingham’s inaugural year, finishing with a 3-9 record amidst roster turnover and ongoing NCAA issues stemming from the previous coaching regime under Herm Edwards. The upcoming season will kick off with a matchup against Wyoming on Aug. 31st, setting the stage for Ward to make an immediate impact in shaping the team’s offensive strategy and player development.

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