By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Louisville Cardinals have named Lorenzo Ward as the team’s interim head coach for the rest of the season. He replaces Bobby Petrino, who was fired on Sunday.
He takes over a team that went 2-8 before Petrino’s firing. They were defeated 54-23 by the Syracuse Orange on Friday night.
Ward was previously the safeties coach on Petrino’s staff. The 51-year-old also held the title of Associate Head Coach.
He’ll coach the team in the final two games of the season. The Cardinals face the North Carolina State Wolfpack on Saturday. Then, during Thanksgiving weekend, they’ll face the Kentucky Wildcats on November 24th.
Brian VanGorder, the team’s defensive coordinator, had previous head coaching experience. The 59-year-old was previously a head coach at Wayne State and Georgia Southern.
He went 19-25 in four seasons. He last was a head coach in 2006 with the Eagles, who went 3-8.
VanGorder arrived at the school this season. Ward has spent two seasons at the institution.
Prior to joining Louisville, he was the defensive coordinator with the Fresno State Bulldogs in 2016. He also spent time as the South Carolina Gamecocks defensive coordinator for four-years before joining Fresno State.
He worked on Steve Spurrier’s staff for seven-years at South Carolina.
Ward spent the 2008 season as the Arkansas Razorbacks secondary coach. Petrino was the Razorbacks head coach at the time.
He spent the 2007 season with the Oakland Raiders. From 1999 through 2006, he worked under Frank Beamer with the Virginia Tech Hokies.
He was also a graduate assistant from 1991 through 1993 with the Alabama Crimson Tide.
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