2010 Football
Record: 4-6 Home: 2-3 Away: 2-3 KCAC: 3-5
2010 Football Coaches
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Mike Gardner
Head Coach
Head Football Coach - 1st Season

Email: [email protected]

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.

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)


Wife - Julie

Sons - Ben (16) and Brooks (7)

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Billy Hickman
Assistant Coach- 1st Season

Offensive Coordinator

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 620-947-3121 Ext.1639

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)



Wife- Traci, Tabor graduate 2007, played volleyball

Daughter-Sophia, 8 Months (born May 23, 2009)


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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Dan Hromada
Assistant Coach- 1st Season


Email: [email protected]

Phone: 620-947-3121 ext. 1636

Length of time at Tabor: Since 2010

Athletic Background:

Dan played four years at Malone College. Two of those seasons under the direction of current Tabor Head Football Coach Mike Gardner. As a senior, he was named First Team All-Conference in the Mid-States Football Association. He was also named the team's defensive Player of the Year in 2007. Dan attended Padua Franciscan High School where he participated in football and baseball. Prior to coming to Tabor college Dan coached offensive line at Lindenwood University during the 2008, 2009 seasons. during the 2009 season he helped lead Lindenwood to NAIA National Championship game.


My parents are Dan Hromada, Jr. and Chris Hromada. They reside in Cleveland, Ohio. I also have a younger brother, Tim, in his senior year at Walsh University. I also just recently became engaged to Jacqueline Kodrich, who resides in Newton, Kan.

Coaching Style:

When I was a player I felt it was extremely important to be a student of the game. My coaching style will reflect that. I have many goals for my players, one of the most important things is that they have a great understanding of the game of football and understand concepts. Another thing that I would like to accomplish with my players is for them to trust me and be able to come to me for anything. I feel I bring a competitive edge and my players will be intense and knowledgeable about the game of football. Lastly, I want to instill in them that we are in this world to honor and glorify God, and we get to do this through the game of football. Being able to be a part of a football program is an honor and not privilege.

What is special about athletics at Tabor:

What strikes me about Tabor athletics is the enormous amount of campus wide support from the administration, students, and faculty. Tabor is a great family community and being a part of the athletic department means that I get an opportunity to a part of the Tabor family. I also like being a part of a Christ centered athletic department in which the values are to honor God through athletics.

How do you integrate faith into coaching:

The best way I integrate faith into coaching is to do everything to the best of my ability and to honor God in all that I do. I am very fortunate to be put in a position where I can be a role model for student athletes.

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Chris Young
Assistant Coach- 2nd Season
Defensive Line
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Grant Myers
Assistant Coach- 3rd Season
Offensive Line

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Jason Aubrey
Assistant Coach- 2nd Season
Wide Receivers

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Tex Rogers
Assistant Coach- 2nd Season
Running Backs

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Drew Little
Assistant Coach- 1st Season
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