Search for new women’s soccer coach will start this fall

The search for a new soccer coach to replace retiring coach Jim Gardner will start in the fall.

Gardner is due to retire after the 2019 fall semester. Gardner was fired on Jan. 28 but was reinstated three days later after a large public outcry. During a speech made at the Laramie County Community College Board of Trustees meeting on Feb. 1, Gardner said he had hoped to keep coaching for three more years but that he had agreed to retire after the 2019 season. The reason for his initial firing has not been revealed publicly.

“We are not going to be starting the search for a new soccer coach until this fall due to the fact that Gardner will be back for this next year,” Clark Rasmussen, LCCC’s athletics director, said. “For me personally, I’m looking for someone who can be successful not only in the coaching position, but also in the classroom and the community.”

Gardner has led the women’s soccer team for the past 16 years, leading LCCC to a 234-68-24 record and 10 NJCAA tournament appearances over 16 seasons. They have finished third nationally three times.

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