Gary Myers came to Tabor College in 1978 to serve as an Assistant Professor of Physical Education, head baseball coach, and head women's basketball coach. He served as head baseball coach for a total of 17 seasons and led his time to first-place KCAC finishes in 1990, 1993, 1994, and 1995. In 1994, the baseball team finished second in the NAIA District 10 Tournament. Gary recorded 257 wins as a Tabor baseball coach.
Gar served as Head Women's Basketball Coach from 1978 to 1982. During the 1979-1980 season, the women's basketball team finished as KCAC co-champions and Gary was named KCAC Coach of the Year. Another memorable season was in 1980-1981 when the team upset #1 seeded Marymount University before losing to Pittsburg State University in the District 10 finals. Gary's overall win/loss record with the women's basketball program was 59 wins and 29 losses.
Gary also served as the Head Football Coach while at Tabor. He was head football coach for five seasons from 1981-1985, and took the reins again for the 1991 season. Gary also worked as an assistant football coach for a total of nine years before and after his years as head coach.
In 1987, Gary accepted the position of Tabor College Athletic Director. He held that responsibility for 12 years, retiring in the spring of 1999. While Tabor College Athletic Director, Gary served as the KCAC President for four years, and as KCAC Vice President for two years. In 1995-96, and in 1997-98, Gary was named the KCAC Administrator of the Year.
While Athletic Director, Gary initiated several programs at Tabor that bring recognition to our athletes who excel academically. First, Gary started the Bluejay Honor Board, which recognizes athletes who have grade point averages between 3.0 and 4.0. The athletes who qualify have their pictures posted in the hall west of the gymnasium. Our athletes take great pride in earning recognition on the Bluejay Honor Board. Gary also initiated the Outstanding Scholar Athlete of the Year Award. That award is made at the spring athletic banquet each year, as it was tonight. In 1999, another of Gary's initiative was officially launched. The Tabor College Athletic Hall of Fame inducted its first members that year.
The people of Hillsboro are also indebted to Gary for his work in the community. Gary can be credited with starting the American Legion summer baseball program. He was also a co-founder of JAM basketball, a Saturday morning program for children grades 1-6 that teaches the fundamentals of basketball.
Gary and his wife Dianne are members of the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. They have three children, and four grandchildren.
Thank you, Gary, for the sacrifices you have made and the many hours of hard work you have given to Tabor College as a coach, professor, and administrator. We honor you today as a member of the Tabor College Athletic Hall of Fame.