Gardner Named New Head Volleyball Coach

Gardner Named New Head Volleyball Coach

PASADENA, CA – The Caltech Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation department is pleased to announce the hiring of Tom Gardner as the head women’s volleyball coach.

He is the 12th head coach in the program’s 38-year history. Gardner will begin his appointment in February.

“I am excited for the opportunity to coach at one of the top schools in the country with dedicated and driven student-athletes,” Gardner said. “I will build the same level of confidence in my athletes that they have in the classroom to bring great success to Caltech Volleyball.”

Gardner spent the past three seasons as the head coach of Southern Maine. During the 2013 season he guided the Huskies to the best record in school history (22-11) en route to being named the Little East Conference’s coach of the year. He took a program that had six wins the season prior to his arrival to the school’s first conference tournament appearance in a decade.

“Tom was a joy to discover in our search process.  He is a thoughtful educator of young people, someone committed to development and support every bit as much as to driving skill acquisition and competitiveness,” said athletic director Betsy Mitchell. “He has the volleyball knowledge and coaching experience that we need to continue the positive momentum of Coach Lindsay provided. In addition he has the motivational skill, communication style and understanding of the learning process required to work with students that have a range of abilities.   Tom is also a physical educator who looks forward to the dual aspects of this position and teaching the general student body in our physical education program as well.”

Prior to his stint with the Huskies he served as the varsity coach at Cactus Shadows High School (2007-2011) in Cave Creek, AZ. Gardner tallied an outstanding record of 45-1 in the Desert Sky Region leading the squad to the conference’s championship four times.  Moreover, his teams placed second in the state twice and earned a third and fifth place finish during his tenure. 

While serving at Cactus Shadows, Gardner also held the position as recruiter and scout for Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN (2008-2001) and was the Club Director for Club Summit Volleyball in Scottsdale, AZ (2005-2011). 

The native of Manhattan Beach, CA earned his Master's of Education in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University in 2007 and his bachelor's degree in Advertising in 1993.  Gardner also earned a Teaching Certification from Northern Arizona in 1997.

He takes over the helm of the program from Jodi Lindsay who resigned after four seasons to pursue club coaching opportunities.