Luther College High School would like to welcome the special guest for the 64th annual L.I.T., long-time coach and teacher, Debbie Ward.
Ms. Ward claims, “The only sport I was any good at was basketball.” She learned to play basketball in grade 9 when she made the Junior Girls team at Marian High School. After playing throughout high school, Ms. Ward went on to play for the then U of R “Cougettes” for 3 years. After receiving her Bachelor of Education from the University of Regina, Ms. Ward went on to teach and coach at many different high schools throughout Saskatchewan. From 1972 to 1979 Ms. Ward worked at Marian High School as a cross-country, volleyball, basketball, badminton and track and field coach. Her basketball teams met with the most success, however, and both her Junior Girls and Senior Girls teams won City and Provincial Championships many times over. In 1979 Ms. Ward was given the honour of coaching at the Saskatchewan Canada Games. From 1984 to 2003, Ms. Ward taught and coached at Bishop James Mahoney Catholic School in Saskatoon and Miller High School in Regina. Spending the next 9 years teaching at LeBoldus High School. Ms. Ward served as assistant coach to the Senior Girls team and helped to lead them to victory at both the City and Provincial Championships in 2006 and 2007. For the last four years Ms. Ward has been President of the Regina Catholic School Teacher’s Association. Throughout her career, the Saskatchewan athletics community has recognized Ms. Ward for her outstanding service. In 2005, she was awarded the Saskatchewan Centennial Award, and in 2007 she was given the Saskatchewan High School Athletic Association Outstanding Coach Award. Besides coaching and teaching, Ms. Ward has dedicated her time to coaching community basketball for children, as well as working as a trustee in the Catholic School System and president of the Canadian Catholic School Trustees' Association. Ms. Ward would like to send much love and thanks to her husband of 42 years, Dave, their three wonderful children and their grandchildren. Luther College is pleased to have a special guest who is such a wonderful female representative of athletic and academic prowess, especially because of the expansion of the Girl’s Tournament in this year’s L.I.T.