A highly-decorated coach who has spent his entire career in Southeastern Massachusetts Steve Gardiner has served as the head track and field coach at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth since the 2008-09 season. In the 2011-12 season, his Men's Team captured its first Little East/Alliance Team Championship in school history. The indoor squad finished the season ranked sixteenth in the nation by the USTFCCCA computer rankings. The outdoor team followed up by capturing the 2012 outdoor Little East/Alliance Championship. The Women's Team achieved Academic All America Team recognition for the 2011-12 academic year and two athletes (Krista Chauvin and Jill VanNess) earned individual Academic All America honors.
A 1974 UMass Dartmouth graduate when the university was known as Southeastern Massachusetts University, Gardiner served as head boys' cross country and track and field coach and as both an assistant and the head girls' coach at New Bedford High School since joining the Whalers in 1975. A member of the Massachusetts Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame (2000) and the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Hall of Fame (2003), Gardiner was named Massachusetts Coach of the Year by the Boston Globe in 1980, 1989 and 1993, was named to the Runner's World Coaching All-Star Team in 1984, and was the District 1 (New York, New Jersey and New England) Coach of the Year and a finalist for national honors in 1996. He has led his teams to seven All-State outdoor track and field championships, six Class A team championships, a New England team championship and an Eastern Massachusetts Division I cross country title. Six of his relay teams have claimed Division I team titles, and he has coached three high school All-Americans, nine New England champions, and numerous individual state and division champions. His teams also earned more awards for academic excellence than any other NBHS team.
A distance runner and cross country participant while an undergraduate, Gardiner began his coaching career as an assistant at New Bedford HS for one season before taking the reins at Apponequet High School for the next two years. He was named as New Bedford High School's Head Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Head Coach in 1978. A member of the Massachusetts State Track Coaches' Association and USA Track and Field, Gardiner earned his Level II Certification at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO in 1990. He has earned from the US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Jumps Event Specialist Certification in 2011 and Endurance Certification in 2012.
Contact Coach Gardiner: Phone: (508) 910-6470 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mail: Track and Field Office c/o Tripp Athletic Center 285 Old Westport Road North Dartmouth, MA 02747-2300