Nate Ware rejoins the men’s basketball staff at Wilmington University after two years at the helm of the women’s program for the Wildcats.
Prior to coming to Wilmington to coach the women’s squad, Ware was the head coach of the women’s basketball team at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. He led the Devils to two CACC Championships and berth into the NCAA Division II Tournament in 2003-04 and again in 2005-06. While at USciences, Ware amassed a record of 137-92 and left as the all-time winningest women’s basketball coach in school history. After leading the Devils to a second-place finish in the CACC with a 20-2 record in 2003-04, Ware was named the CACC Coach of the Year, helping the Devils to a 14-game improvement over the previous season.
Ware also has a bountiful of head coaching experience on the men’s side of the game, having coached at the Devereux School, Eastern University, and at the Valley Forge Military College.
Ware coached five years at Devereux School in Berwyn, Pa. for five years from 1971-1976, collecting an overall record of 37-45 during his tenure.
The long-time head coach moved onto Eastern University and was inducted into the Eastern University Hall of Fame in 2009 after coaching at men’s team from 1984-1995, including a stint at Co-Head Coach from 1982-84. During his 13-year stint at then Eastern College, Ware amassed an overall record of 276-188. Ware helped lead the 1987 team to a National Championship appearance in 1987, falling to Point Loma (California), also being named the Regional Coach of the Year.
Prior to joining USciences on the women’s side of the game, Ware spent five seasons at the Valley Forge Military College, compiling a 98-61 record from 1996-2001. All told, Ware has amassed a 550-430 (.561) during his 31 years of head coaching experience.
Before getting into the coaching side of the game, Ware played at Tennessee State University from 1966 to 1968 and was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1968.
He is one of the founding fathers of the Philadelphia Area Small College Coaches Association, formed in 1986 and continues to serve as the organizations president. He was elected to the Association’s Hall of Fame as part of its inaugural class in 1997.