|Ward began his coaching career in the OHL, guiding both Kitchener and Guelph from 1994-1999. He then joined the professional ranks in Arkansas (ECHL) and Bad Nauheim (Germany) from 1999-2001. He began a five-year affiliation with the Edmonton Oilers organization in 2001 when he was named an assistant coach with the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs under head coach Claude Julien. When Julien earned the Montreal Canadiens' head coaching position in January, 2003, Ward took over Hamilton's coaching reins and led that team to the 2003 Calder Cup Finals. He shared the AHL's Coach of the Year honors with Julien in 2002-03. He spent three seasons coaching the Oilers' top AHL affiliates from 2002-2005 with an 83-80-24-8 record as an AHL head coach. He also served as Edmonton's Development Coach in the 2005-06 season. Ward and his wife Carolyn have four children, sons Cody and Sawyer and daughters Kylie and Hannah.