Jack Gardner (basketball)

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Jack Gardner
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1910-03-29)March 29, 1910
Texico, New Mexico
Died April 9, 2000(2000-04-09) (aged 90)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Playing career
1928–1932 USC
Position(s) Captain, leading scorer
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1939–1942 Kansas State
1946–1953 Kansas State
1953–1971 Utah
Head coaching record
Overall 486-235 (.674)
Accomplishments and honors

National Coach of the Year, 1970
Won three Big Seven titles at Kansas State

Won five Skyline Conference titles at Utah
Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1984
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006

James H. "Jack" Gardner (March 29, 1910 – April 9, 2000) was a Hall of Fame college men's basketball coach.

Gardner, born in Texico, New Mexico and a graduate of the University of Southern California, is most well known for coaching Kansas State University from 1939 to 1942 and 1946 to 1953, compiling a 147-81 record with the Wildcats, and thereafter coaching the University of Utah from 1953–1971, compiling a 339-154 record. His complete collegiate record is 486-235.

In his second stint at Kansas State, Gardner's teams won three conference crowns and captured two Big Eight Holiday Tournament championships. His 1950/1951 team finished 25-4 and lost in the finals of the NCAA tournament to the University of Kentucky. That team was arguably the best in K-State history, and one of two that reached the Final Four during his tenure (the other was in 1948). He had six All-Americans at Kansas State including Ernie Barrett.

Gardner left Manhattan, Kansas in 1953 to take over the head coaching reins at the University of Utah, where he remained for 18 years. He led the Utes to six appearances in the NCAA Tournament and two Final Four appearances (1961 & 1966). To date, he remains one of only three coaches to twice lead two different programs to the Final Four, along with Roy Williams and Rick Pitino. He finished his career winning seven conference titles. Between 1959 and 1962, his teams compiled a 72-14 record. He was often referred to as "The Fox" and he had 5 All-Americans Including Billy "The Hill" McGill.

Gardner is a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as well as ten other Halls of Fame. He was inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2000 and is also a member of the Southern Utah Hall of Fame, Utah All-Sports Hall of Fame, State of Utah Basketball Hall of Fame, Helms Foundation Hall of Fame, Kansas State University Hall of Fame, the Crimson Club (University of Utah), the Modesto Junior College Hall of Fame, the Redlands High School Hall of Fame and the College Basketball Hall of Fame. He was also the recipient of the National Association of Basketball Coaches' Golden Anniversary Award.

He worked as a consultant for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association from 1979 (when the team moved from New Orleans) until 1995. He is credited with discovering John Stockton from Gonzaga University while working for the Jazz.[1]

Gardner died on April 9, 2000 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Head Coaching Record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Kansas State Wildcats (Big 6) (1939–1947)
1939-1940 Kansas State 6-12 2-8 T-4th
1940-1941 Kansas State 6-12 3-7 5th
1941-1942 Kansas State 8-10 3-7 5th
1946-1947 Kansas State 14-10 3-7 T-5th
Kansas State Wildcats (Big 7) (1947–1953)
1947-1948 Kansas State 22-6 9-3 1st NCAA Final Four
1948-1949 Kansas State 13-11 8-4 3rd
1949-1950 Kansas State 17-7 8-4 T-1st
1950-1951 Kansas State 25-4 11-1 1st NCAA Runner Up
1951-1952 Kansas State 19-5 10-2 2nd
1952-1953 Kansas State 17-4 9-3 2nd
Kansas State: 147-81(.645) 66-46 (.589)
Utah Utes (Skyline Conference) (1954–1962)
1953-1954 Utah 12-14 7-7 T-4th
1954-1955 Utah 24-4 13-1 1st NCAA Second Round
1955-1956 Utah 22-6 12-2 1st NCAA Elite Eight
1956-1957 Utah 19-8 10-4 2nd
1957-1958 Utah 20-7 9-5 T-2nd NIT First Round
1958-1959 Utah 21-7 13-1 1st NCAA Second Round
1959-1960 Utah 26-3 13-1 1st NCAA Second Round
1960-1961 Utah 23-8 12-2 T-1st NCAA Final Four
1961-1962 Utah 23-3 13-1 1st
Utah Utes (Western Athletic Conference) (1962–1971)
1962-1963 Utah 12-14 5-5 3rd
1963-1964 Utah 19-9 4-6 4th
1964-1965 Utah 17-9 3-7 6th
1965-1966 Utah 23-8 7-3 1st NCAA Final Four
1966-1967 Utah 15-11 5-5 T-3rd
1967-1968 Utah 17-9 5-5 T-2nd
1968-1969 Utah 13-13 5-5 T-2nd
1969-1970 Utah 18-10 9-5 2nd NIT Second Round
1970-1971 Utah 15-11 9-5 2nd
Utah: 339–154 (.688) 153–70 (.686)
Total: 486–235 (.674)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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