WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University men’s and women’s cross country and track and field head coach Mikaela Gardner announced her resignation. Gardner’s last day at GU will be July 17.
“We want to thank Mikaela for all that she has done during her time here to build up our men’s and women’s cross country and track and field programs,” said Gallaudet Athletic Director Michael Weinstock. “It will be tough to replace Mikaela but we wish her the very best in the future.”
Gardner was the head coach of the track and field program for four seasons (2011-14) and assistant coach for one season (2010). She was the head coach of the cross country program for the past three seasons (2011-13) and was an assistant coach one season (2010).
"I would like to thank Gallaudet University, the athletics department, all cross country and track and field student-athletes and our many, many supporters for this incredible opportunity. I will cherish all that I have experienced and learned over the years. I hope they have gained as much from me as I have from them," said Gardner. "I am and will remain thankful to Michael Weinstock for trusting me to develop Gallaudet's cross country and track and field programs. My staff also deserves recognition as they have contributed to the program's success. I would like to wish both programs much success in the future."
Under Gardner’s tutelage she helped Darius Flowers become a two-time NCAA Division III All-American in the men’s triple jump (2011, ’13) and helped him make a national appearance in the long jump (2013), where he finished 13th overall. Women’s javelin thrower Lesyle Kang made a NCAA Division III outdoor championship appearance in 2012 where she placed 12th overall. Several men’s and women’s cross country runners have made NCAA Division III Regional Championship appearances in the past two years under Gardner’s direction.
Assistant coach Byron Moore will guide the men’s and women’s cross country and track and field programs in the interim. Moore has been an assistant coach with the track and field program for five years (2010-present).
A new search will begin soon for Gardner’s replacement.