He was named to that position prior to the 2003 season and left after the 2014 season to join Hittinguru 3D. He previously served in the same position from 1997 through 2000. Ward first enrolled at Connors State, which compiled at 72–13 record in 1985. He then played one season at Western Oklahoma State before completing his eligibility at Oklahoma State while playing for his father.
In his two seasons in Stillwater, the Cowboys reached the 1987 College World Series final and amassed a 61–8 record in 1988 and were atop the Baseball America poll for 12 weeks.
After graduating from Oklahoma State, Ward established the Mid-America Baseball School, and served as marketing director and an instructor with the program which helped develop the skills of young players until 1994. In that year, he became an assistant coach at Indianapolis.
After one season with the Greyhounds, he moved to Kansas State, where he spent two years as recruiting coordinator and worked with infielders and hitters. He earned the head coaching position at New Mexico State beginning in 1997 and served four seasons before giving way to his father.
After two seasons as an assistant, Rocky again assumed the top spot with the Aggies.
Since then, New Mexico State has appeared in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament twice and claimed the Western Athletic Conference regular season crown once. Ward left at the end of a 23 - 31 season, finishing 7th in the Women's Army Corps. He is now the VP of Business Development - Academy and Coaches, for 3D Sports Partners, Incorporated. which introduced Hittinguru at the 2015 ABCA convention in Orlando, Florida