Jerod Ward, a former professional basketball player who has played and coached in some of the most respected leagues in the world which includes NBA, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. As a professional athlete, he realized that there is never an off season and working on your game is all year round. From his childhood years in Clinton, Mississippi through college at the University of Michigan, he worked diligently on his game. After being recognized as the #1 player in the nation his senior year at Clinton high school, nothing could prepare him for what was to come. At the University of Michigan, Jerod suffered unfortunate knee injuries his freshman, sophomore and again senior year. Before he would ever have a chance to pursue his dreams as a professional basketball player his days appeared to be numbered. Most people would have thrown in the towel and never looked back. Jerod was determined to get back to the top of his game and he knew deep down it would be the hardest challenge he would ever endure. The amount of hard work and dedication was unthinkable but he did not want to quit. Making full recoveries time and time again fueled his desire to learn all there was to know about his injury and the way to properly train. The passion inside him to coach and train has driven him to share his journey with other athletes. Thus he created Jw Pro Ball and has been passing down knowledge to players of all ages ever since.
After an impressive playing career as a McDonald’s All-American, Parade All-American, Naismith National (#1) Player of the Year, a successful journey at the University of Michigan and 14-years of Professional Basketball with two years of Assistant Coaching in Europe along with many other notable accomplishments, he is continuing his quest to not only to improving his life but the lives of many dedicated players all over the world. He admits that each player is responsible for achieving their goals, and that it takes an enormous amount of discipline, determination and drive.
Coming from a long line of talented athletes in the Ward family, starting with Jerod’s father who played semi-professional basketball, his brothers and sisters also had standout high school and college careers. Juanita Ward the youngest played in WNBA with Tulsa Shock and won MVP of the Bulgarian league. Jerod and Juanita became the first brother/sister combination to play the McDonald’s All American game. He is also the nephew of Cleveland Buckner who played with the New York Knickerbockers.
Jerod holds a Bachelor’s degree in General Studies with a focus in Business from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His family includes wife Patricia.
He is a certified Adult & Child plus Infant First Aid CPR/AED by American Red Cross and a member of National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Soon to follow is his certification as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by NSCA.