Joedy Gardner

Joedy Gardner (born June 23, 1935)

Teams coached: West Virginia Mountaineers, Northern Arizona Lumberjacks
West Virginia record: 59-53 (.527)
Northern Arizona record: 35-43 (.449)
Overall record^: 94-96 (.495)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1983-1985 Iowa (asst)
1978-1981 Northern Arizona
1974-1978 West Virginia
1972-1974 Arizona Western

Joedy Gardner Facts

  • Joedy Gardner
  • Born June 23, 1935
  • Hometown: Ellwood City, Pennsylvania
  • Alma Mater: West Virginia University (BA, 1959)
  • The PA-native played for head coach Fred Schaus at West Virginia, where he was a teammate of Jerry West
    • The Mountaineers won the SoCon and reached the NCAA Tournament in each of Gardner’s three seasons as a player
  • Served the United States during the Vietnam War as a fighter pilot
  • Spent two years as the head coach at Arizona Western College in Yuma, AZ before returning to WVU in 1974
  • Compiled a 59-53 record in four seasons as the head coach at his alma mater, winning the A-10 (then ECBL) in 1977
  • Headed back to Arizona in 1978, spending the next three seasons as head coach at Northern Arizona
    • Was 35-43 overall at NAU, finishing below .500 twice in three years
    • Resigned in 1981 and took a couple years off from coaching
  • Spent two years as an assistant with the Iowa Hawkeyes under head coach George Raveling
  • Along with his wife, Ruth Ann, has one son and two daughters
    • Son, Joedy, played at NAU and Long Beach State and later became a high school coach

Joedy Gardner Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I level only