36-year-old Charmaine Williams of Birmingham is the wife of Illinois State Assistant Torrey Ward. We send out our deepest condolences to Charmaine as we learned of the sudden passing of her husband after the plane he was on crashed, killing 6 other people.
According to reports the plane carrying seven people, crashed in foggy conditions early Tuesday in central Illinois, killing everyone aboard. They were heading to Bloomington from attending the NCAA basketball championship in Indianapolis.
Ward attended Univeristy of Alabama graduating in 2001 with a degree in justice sciences. As a junior he helped the Blazers to a 22-10 record, a Divisional Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. During his senior year in high school, he won the ASHAA Final Four Slam Dunk Championship.
In 2006, Ole Miss head basketball coach Andy Kennedy, announced Ward as a new member of his staff, naming him assistant coach. He had previously spent three seasons on the Jacksonville State staff and coached alongside Ole Miss assistant Michael White during the 2003-04 campaign. He also served as an assistant coach for JSU.
His Ole Miss profile page says Ward, had been instrumental in the Rebels’ rise to prominence in the Southeastern Conference.
Not much info is found about Charmaine as of now but she is the mother of the couple’s daughter Tara Lynn. They were married for at least, a decade.