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.
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)
Phone: 620-947-3121 Ext.1639
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)
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.
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.
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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