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Former Lee-Montgomery and Georgia football star Larry Ware has been named athletic director at the Saint James School in Montgomery

The school made the announcement this morning. Ware replaces Katie Barton, who will continue as the school’s girls basketball and volleyball coach

“Coach Ware is a proven leader of character who understands what it means to be a Saint James Trojan and to be part of our supportive school family,” Head of School Dr. Larry McLemore said in a release. “He lives out our Trojan core values of character, commitment, courage and community in all he does and will provide strong leadership for Saint James athletics. I am confident he will continue to elevate our athletic programs and advance our school in many ways, and I look forward to working alongside him in this endeavor.”

“I love being part of the Saint James School family, and my ‘why’ is aligned with the school’s vision and focus on character, commitment, courage and community,” he said in the school release. “I believe character is the first quality anyone will recognize about you, and when we ask for it, God grants us opportunities to become courageous. To do anything you believe in, you must be committed to seeing it through, and community is the vessel that makes anything worthwhile

Ware starred as a running back at Lee-Montgomery, winning the state’s Mr. Football Award in 1986. He went on to star at the University of Georgia before beginning his career as a teacher and coach in 1994 at Cottonwood High. He served as an assistant at Jefferson Davis (now JAG) before earning his first head coaching job at Carver-Montgomery in 2002.

He led the Wolverines for six years before returning to Lee/Percy Julian to be head coach. He spent four years leading that team. In his new position, Ware will be responsible for leading and managing all aspects of the Saint James athletic department.

STJ has a strong reputation as one of the best schools and athletic programs in the state,” he said. “I am committed to helping our student-athletes achieve excellence in the classroom while developing physically, mentally and socially on and off the playing fields and courts.”

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