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KiJuan Ware
Position: Offensive Coordinator
Phone: (309) 298-1221
Email: kd-ware@wiu.edu

KiJuan Ware enters his second season with the Leatherneck Football program and first as the offensive coordinator. Head coach Mark Hendrickson promoted his running backs coach to the coordinator position in February 2012.

Last season, even with four different running backs missing time due to injuries Ware saw his backfield record five 100-yard rushing games including two during the North Dakota State game - the only time all the year the FCS national champion allowed that feat to happen.

True-freshman Nikko Watson, pressed into action during the eighth game of the season due to the rash of injuries, turned in three of those 100-yard rushing efforts and was named to the Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Newcomer Team.

Ware's running backs finished the season without losing a single fumble in 332 rushing attempts, the only time during Western's Division I era accomplishing that feat.

Ware joined Western after spending two seasons at Miami (Ohio) where he helped orchestrate one of the best turnarounds in NCAA Division I history.

The Redhawks went from 1-11 in Ware's first year to 10-4 in 2010. He was part of the Mid-American Conference championship team and GoDaddy.com Bowl win over Middle Tennessee.

Miami went from averaging 71 rushing yards per game in 2009 to 98.3 in 2010 while recording five more rushing touchdowns (14 in 2010). He coached two-time MAC East Player of the Week and Most Valuable Player of the 2010 MAC title game (Thomas Merriweather).

Before his time at Miami, Ware spent the 2008 season at Notre Dame working as an offensive intern. He worked with the running backs and special teams as the Fighting Irish would claim the 2008 Hawaii Bowl championship. Ware was also responsible for film breakdown, scouting reports, playbooks and other day-to-day office duties.

He spent two seasons at each Dartmouth (2004-05) and Georgetown (2006-07) working as the recruiting coordinator and with the receivers before his time at Notre Dame.

Ware began his collegiate coaching career working at his alma mater Springfield College for two years. During his time there, he worked with both running backs and receivers. Springfield captured consecutive Freedom Football Conference championships and back-to-back Division III rushing titles.

Ware worked for five years as a teacher and the offensive coordinator at Weaver High School in Hartford, Connecticut.

During his undergraduate career at Springfield, Ware was a two-sport standout in football (quarterback) and baseball (pitcher and first baseman). He graduated in 1997 with a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and computer science. He earned his master's degree from Springfield College in physical education and athletic administration.

In January 2000, he was selected as a Fulbright Scholar - chosen for his academic merit and leadership potential, and studied in Tokyo. Ware was one of 15 selected to participate in the NCAA Football Coaching Academy during the summer of 2006. In June 2010 Ware attended the NCAA Expert Coaches Academy.

Ware and his wife Michelle have a daughter, Kalyx.


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