A highly-decorated coach who has spent his entire career in Southeastern Massachusetts is now the assistant cross country coach, as well as serving as the head track and field coach at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Steve Gardiner, who has coached track and field for the last 35 years, and succeeded Jon Hird as head track and field coach, will assist hird with the cross country program.
A 1974 UMass Dartmouth graduate when the university was known as Southeastern Massachusetts University, Gardiner has 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 1978. 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 five 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 state 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 joined the Whalers' staff for good 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.
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