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Arizona State Hires NFL Legend Hines Ward as WR Coach

NCAA Football: Arizona State at Arizona

Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward is returning to coaching as Arizona State’s new wide receivers coach.

Ward has some experience coaching at the college level as the Steelers’ all-time leading receiver, who spent time in the same role at FAU and, most recently, as a head coach in the UFL.


Ward had tremendous success at both the college level and in the National Football League as a member of the Georgia Bulldogs and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Ward played four seasons at Georgia from 1994 to 1997 and earned First-Team All-SEC honors in his senior year. The Georgia native recorded a total of 144 grabs, 1,965 receiving yards, 1,066 rushing yards, and 16 total touchdowns during his time as a Bulldog.

After being selected in the third round of the 1998 NFL draft, Ward went on to have a hall-of-fame career with the Steelers. Ward won two Super Bowls in Pittsburgh and became the franchise’s all-time leading receiver with 12,083 yards.

With Kenny Dillingham and Arizona State football entering the Big 12 Conference in 2024, having an experienced veteran like Hines Ward on the sideline should be a major addition for the Sun Devils’ young receiver core.

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