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Andy Kennedy’s ties with Torrey Ward were much deeper than the the time Ward spent on his staff. That was five years, not insignificant, but Kennedy knew Ward and Ward’s family much longer.
“When I became an assistant coach at UAB Torrey was an in-coming freshman. I knew Torrey his entire college career, and he worked for me for five years,” Kennedy said.
Ward was a Birmingham native.
“I thought he could be a star in this coaching preofession because he had it all. He had an infectious personality. From the day I met him people gravitated to him. He had a great eye for players, and he was great with them on the floor because he connected with them from a player’s background. Everybody he was engaged with walked away feeling better about themselves. That was Torrey’s gift.”
Ole Miss assistant coaches Bill Armstrong, a Birmingham native, and Todd Abernethy also had close relationships with Ward.
Sad news to pass along here with the death of former Ole Miss assistant Torrey Ward. He and six others were killed in a plane crash last night heading back to Illinois State where Ward was on staff as associate head coach. Chicago Tribune NBCSports