2014 Football
Record: 0-0 Home: 0-0 Away: 0-0 KCAC: 0-0
 
2014 Football Coaches
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Mike Gardner
Head Coach- 7th Season
Head Football Coach - 4th Season

 

Email: michaelg@tabor.edu

Phone: 620-947-3121 ext. 1637

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coaching Background

 
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.
 
Athletic background
Olathe South High School
Baker University (3-Time NAIA All-American, 4-Time All-Conference Selection)
 
Academic background
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)
 
Family
Wife - Julie
Sons - Ben and Brooks
   
 
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Billy Hickman
Assistant Coach- 5th Season

Offensive Coordinator

 

   

Phone: 620-947-3121 Ext. 1639

   

Length of time at Tabor: Since 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

Athletic Background

 

Coached at Colorado Mines 2009-Tight Ends

Colorado Mines 2008- Offensive Line

Coached D-line at Tabor Spring 2008

Played at Tabor 2005-07

Captain 2007

All Conference 2007 (Tackle)

Played at Bakersfield College 2002-03

All Conference 2003 (Guard)

 

Family

 

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.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Steven Miller
Assistant Coach- 3rd Season

Defensive Coordinator

 

Email: stevenm@tabor.edu

 

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.

 

Academic Background:

 

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

 

 

Family:

 

My pride and joy is my 15-year-old son Kentrell and stepdaughter, Kyla who is a very active preschooler.

 

 

Coaching Style:

 

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.

 
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Jared Cardarelle
Assistant Coach- 3rd Season

Running Backs

 

Email: jaredc@tabor.edu

 

Phone: 620-947-3121 Ext. 1643

 
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Tim Rozzell
Grad Assistant- 2nd Season

Quarterbacks

 

Email: timr@tabor.edu

 

Phone: 620-947-3121 Ext. 1643


 

 
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Brad Prescott
Grad Assistant- 2nd Season

Wide Recievers / Tight Ends

 

Email: bradleycprescott@tabor.edu

 
David Myers Image
David Myers
Grad Assistant- 1st Season

Defensive Line

 

Email: davidmmyers@tabor.edu

 
Anthony Daniel Image
Anthony Daniel
Student Assistant- 1st Season

Defensive Backs

 
Nik France Image
Nik France
Student Assistant- 1st Season

Linebackers

 
Terach Antoine Image
Terach Antoine
Student Assistant- 1st Season

Defensive Line

 
Roger Mujica Image
Roger Mujica
Student Assistant- 1st Season

Wide Recievers