Phil Gardner is retiring after a long tenure with the Indiana High School Athletic Association.
Gardner, 67, has served the past nine years as an assistant commissioner with the IHSAA and currently administers boys basketball, baseball and boys and girls cross-country. Prior to his current role, Gardner served on the IHSAA Board of Directors for 18 years.
“Phil Gardner has served the Indiana High School Athletic Association and the students of Indiana with distinction for over four decades,” IHSAA commissioner Bobby Cox said. “Phil’s dedication to education-based athletics and the purposes of the association are exemplary. Personally, I appreciate Phil’s wisdom and guidance throughout his tenure with the Association and wish him, Ann and their entire family the very best in retirement.”
Gardner is a former principal at Wes-Del and Cowan. He was a former baseball and basketball coach and athletic director at Blue River Valley. Gardner graduated from Wes-Del in 1968 and from Indiana State in 1972.
Gardner will officially retire from his position July 1. The IHSAA will accept applications through March 17.
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