Mitch Ware is in his first season as a member of the Army football program. Ware came to West Point from Georgia Southern where he was assistant head coach in 2012, his eighth season on the Eagles' staff. During his tenure in Statesboro, Ga., Ware was responsible for coaching the quarterbacks.
During the 2013 campaign, Ware mentored quarterback Jerick McKinnon to a tremendous season and an invitation to a showcase bowl event. McKinnon, despite playing in only 10 games, led the team in rushing attempts (161), rushing yards (1,050) and touchdowns (12). He averaged 105 yards per contest and 6.5 yards per carry and was invited to the prestigious Senior Bowl. He connected on 8-of-17 passes for 171 yards with four touchdowns and just one interception. McKinnon concluded his career third all-time on the Georgia Southern career rushing list with 3,899 yards. Backup quarterback Kevin Ellison was second on the squad with 127 rushing attempts for 886 yards. He completed 41-of-79 passes for 756 yards and two scores.
Ware helped Georgia Southern to three-straight trips to the national semifinals and an upset win at Florida.
Ware served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2002-05 and helped Georgia Southern lead the FCS in rushing offense in all four seasons. In his first season, Ware developed first-year starter Chaz Williams into an Associated Press All-America selection and finalist for the prestigious Walter Payton Award. From his quarterback position, Williams ran for 1,422 yards and 27 touchdowns while being named conference player of the year. Fullback Jeremaine Austin, another first-year starter, rushed for 1,416 yards and was named conference rookie of the year.
The following season, Georgia Southern averaged 335.6 rushing yards per game and led the nation as Austin earned Player of the Year and All-America honors.
In 2004, Georgia Southern again led the country in rushing at 369.9 yards per contest and ranked third nationally in yards per game.
Prior to his work with Georgia Southern, Ware coached at Navy for four seasons. While in Annapolis, Md., Ware guided Brian Madden, who nearly rushed for and passed for 1,000 yards with 905 yards on the ground and 902 through the air.
Ware spent 16 seasons at Southwest Missouri State (now Missouri State) where he was a player, assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Ware was a four-year starter and co-captain as a quarterback at Southwest Missouri State. He helped the team to its last Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association Championship in 1978 and was named the league's most valuable player as a senior in 1979. He established seven school records during his playing days, was chosen as an Associated Press honorable mention All-America and received the prestigious NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship.
After his playing career, Ware served as a graduate assistant for two seasons at his alma mater before moving into a full-time coaching role. He developed quarterback DeAndre Smith, the Gateway Football Conference's Offensive Player-of-the-Decade for 1985-94.
Ware earned his bachelor's and master's degree from Southwest Missouri State and was inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996.
Ware and his wife, Judy, have three sons, Jacob, Joshua and Jackson.