The long-time voice of Vols athletics, John Ward, passed away on Wednesday. Ward was a play-by-play broadcaster for Tennessee from 1965 until 1999. During that time, he became a legend in UT lore and cemented himself as one of the greatest college sports play-by-play announcers in America. Ward was 88 years old.
The Vol Network released an official statement concerning Ward’s death on Twitter…
““It is with a heavy heart that we announce a great voice has gone silent. Mr. John Ward, legendary advertising executive, and one of the most beloved broadcasters and ambassadors for the University of Tennessee, passed away this evening in Knoxville.
Mr. Ward brought Tennessee football and basketball to life for millions of Tennesseans and listeners worldwide for over three decades. He propelled Tennessee to the forefront of marketing and broadcasting, and remains the standard by which all others are measured. While it is a sad day for all Vol fans, we take great pride in the fact that John belonged to us. Only the Tennessee Volunteers could call John their own, and he was proud to be the “Voice of the Vols.” He loved his alma mater, the fans, and the state of Tennessee. He remains the heartbeat of the Vol Network.”
Mr. Ward is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Barbara”