Our Passion is changing young men's lives.

  • We compete with other private schools at the 1A level (3A in varsity football) who are members of the Alabama Independent School Association(AISA).
  • Our Rangers won the 2011 AISA state soccer championship, and finished in the "Final Four" in varsity basketball.
  • The Rangers field varsity teams in football, basketball, baseball, and soccer, and junior varsity teams in football, basketball, and soccer.
  • The Academy also offers a varsity rifle team, sponsored by the U. S. Army Junior ROTC Department.
  • In recent years Lyman Ward graduates have earned full athletic scholarships in football, basketball, and soccer.


  • Intramural softball is one of the highlights of the spring season at Lyman Ward Military Academy. Teams are led by the faculty and military staff and competition is open to all cadets.
  • A very competitive atmosphere surrounds the fun that naturally occurs when faculty, staff and cadets compete together. Each team takes great pride in its effort to acquire the title of "Spring Softball Champions".

Strength Training

  • Training is the key to being competitive in any activity. Cadets have access to strength training regardless of their activity choices.
  • Boys who work out build their self esteem while building their bodies.
  • All activities, from football to band, are encouraged to provide strength training specific to their activity. The willingness to prepare is a critical element in team Lyman Ward Military Academy recognizes physical education as being a vital part of a cadet's broad general education.
  • In addition, every cadet has the opportunity and is encouraged to participate in our sports program.building as teammates work together to improve their abilities. While encouraging each other and competing against each other in the weight room, teammates demonstrate personal commitment and a commitment to each other.

Booster Club

We have a wonderful Sports Booster Club at Lyman Ward Military Academy, come join with us. 

Chairman of the Booster Club

Coach Richard Oliver

Head Football Coach,

Director of Admissions

email:  Cell phone: 256-675-6269

  • One hundred percent of our funds raised will be directed to our sports programs.
  • We participate in four sports-football, basketball, baseball and soccer. For the 2010-2011 school year we were in the AISA final four for basketball and we were the AISA State Soccer champions. This was the first time in school history to bring home a state championship.
  • Our goal for LWMA Rangers Sports club is to support our teams through pregame meals and festivities, banquets, possibly upgraded equipment and uniforms.
  • With so many of our students having no family within driving distance to support them we also hope to support them with game attendance.

We have established a membership fee of $100 annually running with our school year August 1 through July 31 of each year.

  • We hope to have at least quarterly meetings for decision making purposes. We will update those unable to attend via email.
  •   Coach Richard Oliver  is the Chairman and Anne Pitts is Treasurer.
  • As membership increases we will schedule our first meeting to officially elect officers. If you have any questions, please direct them to
  • We are very excited to take on this challenge and hope that you will participate with us in supporting these young men. Please return your membership dues along with a current email address to:
  • Anne Pitts
  • P. O. Drawer 550
  • Camp Hill, Al 36850.
  • Any gift to this organization is Tax Deductible.

Lyman Ward participates in sports as a member of the Alabama Independent School Association. The key to athletic participation is success in the classroom. Please review some of the key eligibility rules below concerning new and currently enrolled student athletes.

  1. Seventh and Eighth graders must pass the previous year to be eligible
  2. Students in grades 10 -12 must have passed Six(6) credits the previous year to be eligible. Four(4) of these credits must be core subjects
  3. Grades 10-12 may become eligible by passing 2.5 new credits during their first semester at LWMA
  4. Students transferring from a non-AISA school to LWMA will be eligible for competition following a two week (10 school day) waiting period
  5. Students transferring from Home School and/or Non-Traditional school programs in Grades 10 or higher will earn eligibility AFTER completing one semester of academic requirements
  6. Courses taken in summer school may be used in determining eligibility
  7. Independent Study courses and tutorials may NOT be used to determine athletic eligibility
  8. ALL ATHLETES - Before participating in athletics, a student must have a current physicians statement, medical history form, medical treatment form, certified birth certificate, Social Security number, and a parent's permission to participate

We are proud of the athletic programming that we offer. All cadets participate fully in daily physical training and exercise. Our major sports are: football, basketball, soccer and baseball. Our athletes compete in the AISA throughout the state.

In order to prepare for competition we utilize the following resources:

  • New baseball field
  • Two gyms
  • Strength and conditioning center
  • Two playing fields for football and soccer
  • Indoor Heated Pool
  • Intramural softball and tennis courts
  • Rappelling tower

Additional Activity Facilities

  • Ranger obstacle course
  • 320 acres of fields and trails
  • Two fishing lakes
  • Several golf holes

CPT (LWMA) Will Williams

Director of Athletics


Assistant Admission Director

Cell: 256-749-7892

At the Academy since 2014