Garner named Head Men’s Basketball Coach
Dakota State University director of athletics Gene Wockenfuss announced the hiring of Gary Garner as the head coach for the men's basketball program.
"Gary's prior experience as a Division I and II coach at highly successful collegiate programs will be invaluable as he readies to lead our team," said Wockenfuss. "He brings a tremendous amount of basketball experience and knowledge to Dakota State."
Garner collegiate experience is primarily on the Division I and II level. For the past two years, he has served as the assistant coach for Iowa Energy, a team with the NBA Development League. He served as head basketball coach at Southeast Missouri State University from 1997-2006. From 1991-1997 he led the men's team at Fort Hays State University. His 1995-1996 team won the NCAA Division II Tournament, capping a perfect 34-0 season. That same year Garner was named the NCAA II Bulletin National Coach of the Year and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.
Garner has also served stints as head coach at Drake University and Missouri Southern University. He has been an assistant at the University of Missouri and Tulsa University.
His coaching career has included multiple appearances at the NCAA Division II Tournament. His Southeast Missouri State team reached the NCAA Division I Tournament in 2000. Garner reached his 300 collegiate win in 2000. His record of 63-2 was the best among collegiate coaches during 1995-1997.
Garner and wife Barb will be moving from Des Moines to Madison. "I am really excited about the opportunity to be the Head Basketball Coach at Dakota State University and to begin our journey toward building a championship program," said Garner. "I look forward to bringing student athletes to Dakota State that will represent the students, faculty, alumni and community in a manner that they can be proud of."