Phone: 620-947-3121 ext. 1637
Gardner led the 2005 Bluejays to an 11-1 record with an NAIA national playoff victory and a No. 6 ranking in the final NAIA poll. And he led his 2004 squad to the NAIA playoffs and finished the season with a 9-2 record and a No. 14 final ranking.
Prior to becoming Tabor's head coach, Gardner had been Defensive Coordinator under Coach Tim McCarty from 2001 to 2003. He helped the Bluejays earn their first-ever NAIA national playoff appearance in 2003 and a No. 15 national ranking. That same year, Gardner was named the AFCA NAIA Assistant Coach of the Year and the AFLAC Assistant Coach of the Year. The Tabor defense was ranked 11th in the final NAIA statistics in 2003, and was ranked second in 2002.
Prior to his first stint at Tabor, Gardner spent five years at Lindenwood (Mo.) University, where he served as Special Teams Coordinator, from 1996-1999, and Defensive Coordinator, in 2000. Gardner also was quarterbacks and receivers coach at Bethel College, from 1993-1996, and the Special Teams and Recruiting Coordinator at Hastings (Neb.) College from 1990-1993.
At Malone University, Gardner wasted little time in instituting a drastic turnaround, developing a winning attitude for a Pioneer football program that had struggled prior to his arrival. In four years as head coach at Malone, which plays in the rugged Mid-States Football Association (NAIA), Gardner directed the Pioneers to a 7-4 record in '06, an 8-4 tally in '07, a 6-4 finish in '08, and a 4-6 record in '09.
Entering the 2013 season Mike Gardner's career record of 60-36 currently ranks him as the 18th winningest coach in the nation while his win percentage places him 13th among all active coaches in the NAIA. He currently is the most successful coach in Tabor College football history. Coach Gardner has also been named the KCAC Coach of the Year three times in his career during the 2004, 2005, and 2012 seasons.
Olathe South High School
Baker University (3-Time NAIA All-American, 4-Time All-Conference Selection)
Graduated from Baker University (Bachelor's degree in Physical Education) and earned a master's degree from Hastings College in Hastings, NE, (Masters of Arts in Teaching)
Wife - Julie
Sons - Ben (16) and Brooks (7)
Coached at Colorado Mines 2009-Tight Ends
Colorado Mines 2008- Offensive Line
Coached D-line at Tabor Spring 2008
Played at Tabor 2005-07
All Conference 2007 (Tackle)
Played at Bakersfield College 2002-03
All Conference 2003 (Guard)
Two Daughters-Sophia and McKenna
What is your Coaching style
Focus on the detail
Be better in our technique than our opponents
Teach our players, through actions and examples, to be better men and players
Show players to appreciate the process, not just the end result
What is special about athletics at Tabor
Community and the relationships. Friendships that are built through a collective effort toward a shared goal…bonds are formed that will last a lifetime.
Good education and good people.
How do you integrate faith into coaching
I want to stay focused on the Lord in all I do. I follow the word within my work and using my position to be a Godly example for these young men.
Phone: 620-947-3121 Ext. 1636
Athletic / Coaching Background:
A long-time assistant coach in the NAIA, Steven Miller joined Tabor College staff in January of 2013. He came to Hillsboro following five seasons at William Penn (2007-2012), where he served as defensive line coach.
Miller made a tremendous impact during his five seasons as defensive line coach and recruiter at William Penn.
This past season he helped his team reach the NAIA playoffs for the first time in 30 years after capturing their second conference title in five years.
At William Penn Miller enjoyed five straight winning seasons and two conference championships with the program.
Previously Miller worked with Northwestern State (1994-1996) in Louisiana, Arkansas Tech (1997-1998), Olive Branch High School in Mississippi (1999-2006), Northwest Mississippi Community College, and Arkansas State University (2007).
As a recruiter Miller recruited and coached Damon Harrison who’s in the NFL with the New York Jets during his four year career at William Penn.
Miller has also worked on both sides of the ball as well as having spent time coordinating special teams.
Miller also spent ten seasons in the high school coaching ranks prior to coaching at the collegiate level. Prior to landing the head job for the Pella Knights semi-pro team, directing the Knights to a 5-5 record.
A native of Olive Branch MS, Miller launched his coaching career as a Student assistant at his alma mater, Northwestern State, LA, in 1994. He was the defensive coordinator at Olive Branch High School in Mississippi and assistant head coach at Itawamba High School in Fulton before returning to the college level.
At Olive Branch, he was an assistant football coach and head track coach. During the 2004 and 2005 campaigns, he coordinated the top-ranked defenses in Class 5A.
Miller’s success began as a junior College player at Northwest Community College in La.) where he was a member of the 1992 National Championship Team, as well as two State Championship teams.
Attended Northwest Mississippi Community College – earned Associates Degree in Physical Education
Attended Northwestern State Univ. – earned BS Psychology
Attended William Penn Univ. - earned Master’s Degree in Business Leadership
My pride and joy is my 15-year-old son Kentrell and stepdaughter, Kyla who is a very active preschooler.
I focus on recruiting, camaraderie and team building as a coach. I am energetic, enthusiastic and dedicated to motivating players. Coaching is a gift from God and what I do best.
What is special about athletics at Tabor:
Tabor athletics has a fun and close nit atmosphere. What is special about Tabor athletics is the pride each athlete demonstrates. There is great support surrounding coaches and most importantly the student-athlete.
How do you integrate faith into coaching:
I do my best to reflect God’s presence in daily interactions with players, giving him all the glory and the praise.
Phone: 620-947-3121 Ext. 1643
Phone: 620-947-3121 Ext. 1643
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