Raiders hire Ward for secondary

The Oakland Raiders have hired Lorenzo Ward as their secondary coach. Ward joins the Raiders after spending the last seven years with Virginia Tech.

Ward, 38, met with the Raiders during the NFL Combines in Indianapolis and the two sides came to an agreement on a contract early this week.

He helped Virginia Tech finish among the national defensive leaders five of the last six seasons, including a third place finish nationally in total defense in 1999 and seven in pass efficiency.

In 2001, the Hokies ranked second in total defense, third in pass efficiency defense, eighth in pass defense and tied for seventh in interceptions. In 2002, Tech led the Division I-A ranks in interceptions with 24. Last season, the Hokies finished fourth nationally in pass defense, tied for fourth in interceptions and ranked seventh in pass efficiency defense.

He has worked with DeAngelo Hall, a first round pick of the Falcons and Jimmy Williams, a certain first rounder this year.

Prior to joining the Tech coaching staff, Ward was a coach at UT-Chattanooga and Alabama. He was named the defensive coordinator at UT-Chattanooga in 1998 after serving as the Mocs' running backs coach in 1997. Prior to working with the running backs, Ward was the defensive backs coach. An Alabama native, Ward starred for the Crimson Tide from 1986-90. He helped lead Alabama to a 33-15 record and a Southeastern Conference Championship during his career. He was also tabbed Special Teams Player of the Year by The Sporting News in 1990 as the Tide's unit ranked No. 1 in the nation. Ward played on four bowl teams, helping lead 'Bama to two Sun Bowl wins.

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