Tom Gardner began his tenure as the women's volleyball head coach in February of 2014. He is the 12th head coach in the program’s 38-year history.
“I am excited for the opportunity to coach at one of the top schools in the country with dedicated and driven student-athletes,” Gardner said. “I will build the same level of confidence in my athletes that they have in the classroom to bring great success to Caltech Volleyball.”
Gardner spent the past three seasons as the head coach of Southern Maine. During the 2013 season he guided the Huskies to the best record in school history (22-11) en route to being named the Little East Conference’s coach of the year. He took a program that had six wins the season prior to his arrival to the school’s first conference tournament appearance in a decade.
Prior to his stint with the Huskies he served as the varsity coach at Cactus Shadows High School (2007-2011) in Cave Creek, Ariz. Gardner tallied an outstanding record of 45-1 in the Desert Sky Region leading the squad to the conference’s championship four times. Moreover, his teams placed second in the state twice and earned a third and fifth place finish during his tenure.
While serving at Cactus Shadows, Gardner also held the position as recruiter and scout for Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tenn. (2008-2001) and was the Club Director for Club Summit Volleyball in Scottsdale, Ariz. (2005-2011).
The native of Manhattan Beach, Calif. earned his Master's of Education in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University in 2007 and his bachelor's degree in Advertising in 1993. Gardner also earned a Teaching Certification from Northern Arizona in 1997. He resides in San Pedro with his wife, Christine.