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Jack Gardner
Title Head coach
College Kansas State
Sport Basketball
Born March 29, 1910 (1910-03-29) (age 99)
Place of birth Texico, New Mexico
Died April 9, 2000 (aged 90)
Place of death Salt Lake City, Utah
Career highlights
Overall 486-235 (.674)
National Coach of the Year, 1970
Won three Big Seven titles at Kansas State

Won five Skyline Conference titles at Utah

Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Kansas State
Kansas State
Basketball Hall of Fame, 1984

James H. "Jack" Gardner (March 29, 1910 in Texico, New Mexico, United States – April 9, 2000 in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States) was a Hall of Fame college men's basketball coach.

Gardner, a native of New Mexico and a graduate of the University of Southern California, is most well-known for coaching Kansas State University from 1939-1942 and 1946–1953, compiling a 147-81 record with the Wildcats, and thereafter coaching the University of Utah from 1953-1971, compiling a 339-154 record. His complete collegiate record is 486-235.

In his second stint at Kansas State, Gardner's teams won three conference crowns and captured two Big Eight Holiday Tournament championships. His 1950-1951 team finished 25-4 and lost in the finals of the NCAA tournament to the University of Kentucky. That team was arguably the best in K-State history, and one of two that reached the Final Four during his tenure (the other was in 1948).

Gardner left Manhattan, Kansas in 1953 to take over the head coaching reins at the University of Utah, where he remained for 18 years. He led the Utes to six appearances in the NCAA Tournament and two Final Four appearances. He finished his career winning seven conference titles. Between 1959 and 1962, his teams compiled a 72-14 record.

Gardner is a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as well as nine other Halls of Fame. He was inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2000 and is also a member of the Southern Utah Hall of Fame, Utah All-Sports Hall of Fame, State of Utah Basketball Hall of Fame, Helms Foundation Hall of Fame, Kansas State University Hall of Fame, the Crimson Club (University of Utah), the Modesto Junior College Hall of Fame and the Redlands High School Hall of Fame. He was also the recipient of the National Association of Basketball Coaches' Golden Anniversary Award.

He worked as a consultant for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association from 1979 (when the team moved from New Orleans) until 1991. He is credited with discovering John Stockton at Gonzaga University while working for the Jazz. [1]


Head Coaching Record At Kansas State

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Kansas State Wildcats (Big 6) (1939–1947)
1939-1940 Kansas State 6-12 2-8 T-4th
1940-1941 Kansas State 6-12 3-7 5th
1941-1942 Kansas State 8-10 3-7 5th
1946-1947 Kansas State 14-10 3-7 T-5th
Kansas State: 20-34 11-29
Kansas State (Big 7) (1947–1953)
1947-1948 Kansas State 22-6 9-3 1st NCAA Final 4
1948-1949 Kansas State 13-11 8-4 3rd
1949-1950 Kansas State 17-7 8-4 T-1st
1950-1951 Kansas State 25-4 11-1 1st NCAA Runner Up
1951-1952 Kansas State 19-5 10-2 2nd
1952-1953 Kansas State 17-4 9-3 2nd
Kansas State: 113-37 55-17
Total: 133-71

      National Champion         Conference Regular Season Champion         Conference Tournament Champion
      Conference Regular Season & Conference Tournament Champion       Conference Division Champion

Head Coaching Record at Utah

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Tournament Finish Rank#
Utah Utes (Skyline Conference) (1954-1962)
1953-54 Utah 12-14 7-7 4-T
1954-55 Utah 24-4 13-1 1 NCAA Second Round #7
1955-56 Utah 22-6 12-2 1 NCAA Elite Eight #11
1956-57 Utah 19-8 10-4 2
1957-58 Utah 20-7 9-5 2-T NIT First Round
1958-59 Utah 21-7 13-1 1 NCAA Second Round #18
1959-60 Utah 26-3 13-1 1 NCAA Second Round #6
1960-61 Utah 23-8 12-2 1-T NCAA Final Four #11
1961-62 Utah 23-3 13-1 1
Utah Utes (Western Athletic Conference) (1962-1971)
1962-63 Utah 12-14 5-5 3
1963-64 Utah 19-9 4-6 4
1964-65 Utah 17-9 3-7 6
1965-66 Utah 23-8 7-3 1 NCAA Final Four
1966-67 Utah 15-11 5-5 3-T
1967-68 Utah 17-9 5-5 2-T
1968-69 Utah 13-13 5-5 2-T
1969-70 Utah 18-10 9-5 2 NIT Second Round
1970-71 Utah 15-11 9-5 2
At Utah 339-154
Career 486-235
     National Championship           Conference Regular Season Champions

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Preceded by
Fitz Knorr
Kansas State men's basketball head coach
Succeeded by
Tex Winter
Preceded by
Vadal Peterson
University of Utah Head Basketball Coaches
Succeeded by
Bill Foster


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