Jim Gardner has been sharing his passion for fitness and sports with Cheyenne youth for more than two decades. In addition to coaching the LCCC Golden Eagles and East High Lady Thunderbirds soccer teams, he has taught physical education at Cheyenne elementary schools since 1983. He currently teaches at Jessup and Clawson elementary schools.
Gardner has coached for LCCC since 2002, when he helped coach the then co-ed club soccer team. When the LCCC board of trustees approved a NJCAA Division I women’s soccer team in 2003, Gardner was named head coach.
Over the course of his career, Gardner has been named Wyoming High School South Conference Coach of the Year, Wyoming State Soccer Coach of the Year, National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s (NSCAA) Region VII Soccer Coach of the Year, National Federation of Interscholastic Coaches Association’s (NFICA) Regional Coach of the Year, NFICA National Coach of the Year, National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) Regional Soccer Coach of the Year and NHSCA National Soccer Coach of the Year.
These awards are well-deserved. With successes not limited to five high school state championships, three NSCAA national rankings and five club state championships, Gardner is accustomed to leading teams to success. He has coached more than 60 players from high school and club teams who have gone on to play all levels of college soccer.
Since 2005, the LCCC women’s soccer team has finished each season ranked in the top 10 in the nation, making it to the NJCAA national tournament five times: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2012. The Golden Eagles have won six Region IX titles and five district titles. Gardner has received the National “B” license from the USSF and the NSCAA Advanced National certificate.
Overall LCCC Record: 140-43-17 (2002-2012)
Overall High School Record: 215-87-26 (1993-2013)