AMES, Iowa - Bob Ward, a former assistant football coach at Iowa State from 1958-65 and College Football Hall of Fame member, died yesterday (April 29) at the age of 77.
Ward was the first assistant on Clay Stapleton's Iowa State staff from 1958-65, assisting ISU's famed 1959 "Dirty Thirty" squad. He later went on to be an assistant at West Point and was the University of Maryland head coach from 1967-68.
Ward, who was one of the finest collegiate football players in the 1950s while playing for Maryland, was inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1980. Ward was named All-American at defensive guard in 1950 and earned his second All-America honor in 1951 on the offensive line. He helped the Terrapins go 10-0 and win the national championship in 1951. He assisted at Maryland and Oklahoma before joining Stapleton's staff in 1958.
Ward's son, Kelly, was one of the best wrestlers in Iowa State history, competing for the Cyclones from 1976-79. Kelly was a three-time All-American, finishing runner-up at 158 pounds as a sophomore and junior. He capped off his senior season as the 158-pound national champion in 1979. The Cyclones as a team finished first, second and second in Kelly's three years in the lineup.