Jason Gardner
Jason Gardner

Assistant Coach

First Season

Alma Mater:
Arizona 2003


Memphis Basketball Notes Vs. Oklahoma State

Tigers and Cowboys to face off in a top-15 match-up Tuesday on ESPN.


Memphis Basketball: ESPN College Game Day Sights and Sounds

Check out some of the sights and sounds from the college game day experience where the tigers took on the gonzaga bulldogs


Memphis Basketball Puts on Dunk Show in 82-59 Win Over Houston

Watch the full highlights and recap of the Tigers' first AAC home win on Thursday night, cruising past the Houston Cougars 82-59.


Memphis Basketball Wins Third Straight, Downing USF 80-58

Highlights and recap of the Tigers' 80-58 win over the USF Bulls on Sunday afternoon in FedExForum.


Memphis Basketball: On the Road To Philadelphia

Take a behind the scenes look at the Memphis men's basketball trip to the City of Brotherly Love to take on American Athletic Conference foe Temple. Go Tigers!


Memphis Basketball Knocks Off No. 12 Louisville on the Road

Highlights and full recap of the Tigers upset win over the No. 12 and reigning national champion Louisville Cardinals on the road Thursday night.


Memphis NCAA Tournament Second Round Practice Day

Memphis NCAA Tournament Second Round Practice Day on March 20, 2014, in Raleigh, N.C.

• In third season as an assistant coach at the NCAA Division I level in 2013-14
• Previously NCAA Division I stint was at Loyola University in Chicago from 2011-13

Memphis Assistant Coach (2013-present; hired June 21, 2013)
• Joins the Tigers staff after an incredible first four seasons under head coach Josh Pastner
• Memphis posted a 106-34 overall record (.757 winning percentage) from 2009-13
• Tigers won 20 or more games all four seasons, including 31 in 2012-13
• Memphis played in four-straight postseasons (2010 NIT; 2011, 2012, 2013 NCAA)
• Tigers won two-straight conference regular-season titles (2011-12, 2012-13) and three-consecutive conference tournament crowns (2011, 2012, 2013)

Loyola Assistant Coach (2011-13)
• Served as an assistant on head coach Porter Moser's staff for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons
• Helped the Ramblers to an eight-game improvement in the win column in 2012-13 (15-16 record) from 2011-12 (7-23), the program's best since a 10-game increase from 2000-01 (7 wins) to 2001-02 (17 victories)
• Of the 16 setbacks in 2012-13, seven were by three or fewer points
• Helped coach the sixth-youngest squad in NCAA Division I basketball in 2012-13
• Posted a near .500 record despite eight different players missing at least one game in 2012-13; the eight players missed a combined 73 games
• Coached one All-Horizon League pick in 2011-12 and 2012-13 (Ben Averkamp both seasons), the program's first all-conference pick since 2006-07
• Coached one Academic All-American (Averkamp), the first in the program's history
• Coached a Bob Cousy Award nominee (Cully Payne)
• Helped recruit one of the top classes in the Horizon League for the 2012-13 season

Other Coaching Stints
• Served as an assistant at Cathedral High School in his hometown of Indianapolis, Ind., in 2010-11

Professional Playing Career (2003-11)
• Standout performer in the professional leagues in Europe; spent most of his time in Germany
• In 2008-09, named MVP of German Basketball Bundesliga after leading Oldenburg to the German League Championship
• That season, averaged 13.7 points, 4.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds and shot 40.8 percent from the floor, 37.5 percent from the arc and 82.9 percent from the foul line
• Started for the Northern All-Star Team in the 2009 Basketball Bundesliga All-Star Game
• Appeared in the 2007 Basketball Bundesliga All-Star Game

Collegiate Playing Career/University of Arizona (1999-2003)
• Selected to Pac-12 Conference Men's Basketball Hall of Honor and was honored at the 2013 Pac-12 Conference Tournament (Mar. 16, 2013)
• Had his jersey (22) retired in 2005; one of four retired basketball jerseys in Arizona Wildcats history (other three retired jerseys are Mike Bibby, 10; Steve Kerr, 25; Sean Elliott, 32)
• Four-year All-American; named to a total of 12 All-America teams in his career
• 2002-03 Frances Pomeroy Naismith National Player of the Year
• 2002-03 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award recipient
• 1999-2000 consensus National Freshman of the Year; honored by U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), Basketball Times, Basketball News, ESPN.com and Dick Vitale
• One of four players in Pac-12 history with 1,500 points, 500 assists and 200 steals for a career
• Winningest player in Wildcats history with 107 victories (107-29 record; .787 winning percentage)
• Helped lead Arizona to two Pac-12 regular-season titles (1999-2000, 2002-03) and four-consecutive NCAA Tournaments
• During his time at Arizona, led squad to three NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteens (2001, 2002, 2003), two Elite Eights (2001, 2003), one Final Four (2001) and one championship game appearance (2001)
• Still holds Wildcats records for games started (135) and minutes played (4,825)
• His 4,825 minutes played are the second-most in NCAA history (Kansas' Danny Manning holds record with 4,961 minutes played)
• Had 31 games in which he played 40-plus minutes
• Finished career as the highest-scoring guard in Wildcats history with 1,984 points (No. 3 on the all-time scoring chart)
• Ranks among career top-10 in 13 statistical categories, including second in 3-pointers made (318) and fourth in assists (622)

Prep Playing Career/North Central High School, Indianapolis, Ind. (1995-99)
• 1998-99 McDonald's and Parade magazine (second team) All-American
• 1998-99 Mr. Basketball for the state of Indiana
• Two-time Gatorade Circle of Champions Indiana Player of the Year (1997-98, 1998-99)
• 1997-98 Indiana state Player of the Year selected by USA Today
• Named the 1998-99 Indianapolis city Player of the Year by the Indianapolis Star and Indianapolis News
• Led the North Central High School Panthers to the Indiana state 4A championship and the Indiana Tournament of Champions title in 1998-99
• Averaged 22.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 4.0 apg and 3.0 spg as a senior in 1998-99
• Featured in Faces In the Crowd in the July 19, 1999, Sports Illustrated issue after leading the Indiana All-Stars to a two-game series sweep of the Kentucky All-Stars; first time Indiana swept Kentucky in all-star series since 1990
• Held school's career scoring record (1,669 points) until 2007 when Eric Gordon surpassed his mark

• Indianapolis, Ind., native
• Graduated from University of Arizona in 2003
• Graduated from Indianapolis North Central High School in 1999
• Married to the former Jacquelyn Maxberry of Indianapolis
• Has three children: Jasper, Jason Jr., Jacob

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