Gary Garner
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Head Coach | 8th Season
University of Missouri

Gary Garner is entering his eighth 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.  Most recently, Garner guided the Trojans to back-to-back North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) regular-season co-champions and the NSAA's automatic bid to the national tournament after winning the conference postseason tournament.  He had took his squads to the NAIA Division II National Tournament four times in the last five years. 

The Trojans established a new school record for most consecutive victories in 2015-16, winning nine straight games including capturing the NSAA Men's Basketball Postseason Conference Tournament Championship Game held at DSU Fieldhouse.  He was named to the NSAA Conference Coach-of-the-Year after guiding the Trojans to back-to-back conference tournament champions and regular-season conference titles.

Garner has surpassed former men's basketball head coach Brian McDermott for the second-most victories as the head coach at Dakota State in 2015-16.  Garner has accumulated a total of 120 victories since his arrival at DSU in 2009-10.

Along the way, Garner guided his teams to back-to-back Association 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 seven consecutive seasons for the first time in 20 years.  He is 120-98 overall record (.550 winning percentage) during his coaching era at Dakota State and 493-397 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 seven All-Conference players, an All-American Second Team athlete, two NAIA All-American Honorable Mention athletes 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]

Gary Garner Year-by-Year at Dakota State (S.D.)

Year School Overall
2009-10 Dakota State  11-18 4-10 7th DAC Quarterfinals
2010-11 Dakota State 15-14 6-8 5th DAC Quarterfinals
2011-12 Dakota State 18-13 2-2 3rd A.I.I. Conference Tournament Champions
NAIA National Tournament Qualifier
2012-13 Dakota State 25-9 6-2 3rd A.I.I. Conference Tournament Champions
NAIA National Tournament Elite Eight
2013-14 Dakota State 15-15 6-2 2nd NSAA Tournament Runner-Up
2014-15 Dakota State 17-15 7-3 1st NSAA Tournament Champions
NAIA Naitonal Tournament Qualifier
2015-16 Dakota State 19-14 10-4 1st NSAA Tournament Champions
NAIA National Tournament Qualifier


2016-17 Roster
Roster for 2016-17 Men's Basketball Team
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.Wt.HometownPrevious School
0Brendon BoomsmaJRG5-9170Crooks, S.D.Tri-Valley High School
4Nathaniel RauenJRG6-2190Zumbrota, Minn.Zumbrota-Mazeppa High School
5Justin PrueFRG5-8160Antelope, S.D.White River High School
10Link TuckerFRF6-5205White River, S.D.Chadron State University (Neb.)
12Kevin DanielsJRG6-3180Cincinnati, OhioKankakee Community College (Ill.)
15Kyle KilgoreSRF6-7230Adrian, Minn.Northeast Nebraska Community College
20Ian BarseJRG6-4205Rapid City, S.D.Rapid City Central High School
24Tanner HeiserSRG6-0195Watertown, S.D.Northern State University (S.D.)
33Falcon AlbersJRG6-3180Pine Ridge, S.D.Presentation College (S.D.)
34Bobby FarquahJRF6-7250Allen, TexasCollin College (Texas)
50Justin FolkersSOF6-9240Mission, S.D.White River High School
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