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Jason Corey Gardner[1] (born November 14, 1980) is an American retired professional basketball player and current coach of IUPUI.

Jason Gardner
IUPUI Jaguars
PositionHead coach
LeagueHorizon League
Personal information
Born (1980-11-14) November 14, 1980 (age 38)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Listed height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Listed weight187 lb (85 kg)
Career information
High schoolNorth Central
(Indianapolis, Indiana)
CollegeArizona (1999–2003)
NBA draft2003 / Undrafted
Playing career2003–2011
PositionPoint guard
Coaching career2011–present
Career history
As player:
2003Krka Novo Mesto
2005–2006Ironi Ramat Gan
2006–2007Townsville Crocodiles
2007–2011EWE Oldenburg
As coach:
2011–2013Loyola (Illinois) (assistant)
2013–2014Memphis (assistant)
Career highlights and awards

Gardner is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana, playing his high school ball at North Central. He was honored at Indiana Mr. Basketball in 1999. The 5 ft 10 in point guard then starred at the University of Arizona from 1999 to 2003. His team finished second place in the 2001 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, losing to Duke University. As a senior in 2003, Gardner was named an Associated Press Second Team All-American after averaging 14.8 points and 4.9 assists per game. His college jersey number was retired by the University of Arizona in 2005.

Gardner was not drafted by the NBA, but found success overseas. He played in Slovenia, Belgium, and Israel, and with EWE Baskets Oldenburg in Germany. He was a 2x All-Star in Germany, appearing in the Basketball Bundesliga's All-Star Game in 2007, and starting for the Northern All-Star Team in the Basketball Bundesliga's All-Star Game in 2009. He was also named 2008/2009 regular season MVP of the German Basketball Bundesliga. For the season he averaged 13.7 points 4.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds on shooting 40.8% from the field 37.5% from three-point range and 82.9% from the line. He recorded a season high of 25 points against the Telekom Baskets Bonn. Gardner led his team to a 25–9 record finishing third in the regular season.

In 2011, Gardner joined the coaching staff of Loyola University Chicago. Gardner left Loyola to join Josh Pastner's staff at the University of Memphis in the summer of 2013.

After just one season with Memphis, Gardner was named the head coach at IUPUI.[2]

Head coaching recordEdit

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
IUPUI (Summit League) (2014–2017)
2014–15 IUPUI 10–21 6–10 T–6th
2015–16 IUPUI 13–19 9–7 4th
2016–17 IUPUI 14–18 7–9 7th
IUPUI (Horizon League) (2017–present)
2017–18 IUPUI 11–19 8–10 T–5th
2018–19 IUPUI 16–17 8–10 T–6th CIT First Round
IUPUI: 64–93 (.408) 38–46 (.452)
Total: 64–93 (.408)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ "Player Profile". FIBA.
  2. ^ "IUPUI Jaguars hire Memphis Tigers assistant Jason Gardner". March 28, 2014. Retrieved January 22, 2017.

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