Each week, host Bryce Johnson interviews intriguing guests on his syndicated faith and sports radio show UNPACKIN’ it. We highlight a portion of that interview for your enjoyment and encouragement. This issue, Bryce is joined by Heisman Trophy winner and former NBA player, Charlie Ward. Charlie Ward played in the NBA from 1994 to 2005, after playing basketball and football at Florida State. He won the Heisman trophy in 1993. Listen to the full interview here: www.unpackinit.com.
BRYCE JOHNSON: When did you know that you wanted to coach and how did you end up at the high school level instead of pro or college?
CHARLIE WARD: I had an opportunity to coach in the NBA after I finished my career in the 2004 to 2005 season, and Coach Van Gundy gave me an opportunity to see if coaching was something I wanted to do. At first I went in on an interim basis, and then the next year I had an opportunity to be on the bench. But there came a time when I wanted to spend more time with my family and have a schedule more flexible than the NBA lifestyle. I had given 13 years of my life to the NBA lifestyle and wanted to spend more time with my kids and go to more of their activities. That’s why I made the jump from pros to high school, and that’s where I’ve been the past eight years.