Gary Garner
Gary Garner Image
Head Coach | 5th Season
University of Missouri

Gary Garner is entering his fifth season as Dakota State University men's basketball head coach.  During his tenure at Dakota State, the men's basketball program has undergone a transformation from a bottom dweller to a top quality team in the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball.  Along the way, Garner guided his teams to back-to-back Assocaition of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Conference Postseason Tournament Champions, appearances in the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Tournament (advancing to the 'Elite Eight' in 2013) and recorded the most wins (25) in DSU men's basketball team history in 2013.  Garner's teams had recorded double digits wins for four consecutive seasons for the first time in 20 years.  He is 69-54 overall record during his coaching era at Dakota State and 442-353 career record.

Garner was named the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Coach of the Year in 2012 and 2013.  He recorded his 400th career collegiate win on Nov. 1, 2011 with a 79-53 win over Grace (Neb.) at DSU Fieldhouse.  Dakota State produced three All-Conference players, one NAIA All-American Honorable Mention athlete and an NAIA Scholar Athlete during Garner's coaching tenure at Dakota State.

Garner's collegiate experience is primarily on the Division I and II levels.  Prior to coming to Dakota State, he has served as the assistant coach for Iowa Energy, a team with the NBA Development League, for two seasons (2007-08 and 2008-09).  He served as head basketball coach at Southeast Missouri State University from 1997-06.  From 1991-97, he led the men's team at Fort Hays State University.  His 1995-96 team won the NCAA Division II Tournament, capping a perfect 34-0 season.  That same year, Garner was named the NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.

Garner 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.  His record of 63-2 from 1995-97 at Fort Hays State was the best among collegiate coaches.

In June 2011, Garner was inducted in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Hall of Fame for his successful coaching era at Fort Hays State University.

Gary and his wife Barb currently reside in Madison.

E-mail:  [email protected]


2013-14 Roster
Roster for 2013-14 Men's Basketball Team
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.Wt.HometownPrevious School
RSIan Barse*FRG6-4170Rapid City, S.D.Rapid City Central High School
RSAdam Fideler*FRG6-3180Volga, S.D.Sioux Valley High School
0Dylan HaleSRG6-2175St. Paul, Minn.North Dakota State
RSNathaniel Rauen*FRG6-2185Zumbrota, Minn.Zumbrota-Muzeppa High School
RSLucas Ziemba*FRG6-0160Mazeppa, Minn.Zumbrota-Mazeppa High School
3Cameron RobinsonJRG6-1175Oxford, Ga.Marshalltown Community College
5Marcus SmithSRG6-3195Milwaukee, Wis.Pratt Community College
10Adam HoferFRG6-0180Huron, S.D.James Valley Christian High School
12Seth CavanaughFRG6-3165Mitchell, S.D.Mitchell High School
20Kevin DanielsenJRG5-11185Viborg, S.D.Viborg High School
21Yusuf VinsonSRF6-4215Lincoln, Neb.North Iowa Area Community College
24Ryan McCutcheonJRG6-3190Brookings, S.D.Brookings High School
25Blake HeiserFRG6-0180Watertown, S.D.Watertown High School
33Jordan SnyderJRF6-5215Hartford, S.D.West Central High School
34Taylor ZirbelFRF6-5215Summit, S.D.Summit High School
45Miguel SansavourJRC6-8200Point Fortin, TrinidadWilliston State College (N.D.)
50Cameron KrumpSRC6-8220Colton, S.D.Tri-Valley High School
* Redshirt
Gary Garner Image
Head Coach
5th season
Matthew Garner Image
Assistant Coach
5th season
Mike Larsen Image
Assistant Coach
3rd season
Hayden Erickson Image
1st season
Spencer Adams Image
Student Assistant
1st season
Jordan Adolph Image
1st season
Jessica Kemp Image
1st season
  • Feb. 25 - Men's Basketball vs 25Bellevue University - L 69-62 (OT) - recap - stats
  • Feb. 23 - Men's Basketball vs Viterbo University - W 56-52 - recap - stats
  • Feb. 18 - Men's Basketball vs Mayville State University - L 62-50 - recap - stats
  • Feb. 17 - Men's Basketball vs 21Bellevue University - W 84-77 (OT) - recap - stats
  • Feb. 11 - Men's Basketball vs Valley City State University - L 90-75 - recap - stats
  • Feb. 10 - Men's Basketball vs RVDickinson State University - W 73-72 - recap - stats
  • Feb. 4 - Men's Basketball vs Viterbo University - L 66-61 - recap - stats
  • Feb. 3 - Men's Basketball vs Waldorf University - W 90-55 - recap - stats
  • Jan. 29 - Men's Basketball vs Mount Marty College - W 78-53 - recap - stats
  • Jan. 26 - Men's Basketball vs Grace University - L 83-80 (OT) - recap - stats