The Orem Tigers will be led by Jordan Gardner in the 2013 season, replacing Steve Nelson who resigned after last season.
Gardner starting playing lacrosse at Mountain View High School in Orem in 2007 as a junior. After playing his senior season and graduating, he went on to play one season for BYU in 2009 and coached an Orem 5th/6th grade team, a Lakeridge Junior High team and coached at the BYU summer camp in 2009. After returning from an LDS mission to New Zealand, Gardner missed the tryouts for BYU and recently decided to focus on coaching opportunities.
“I’m very excited for the opportunity to work with this particular team,” said Gardner. “As a native to Orem, I wouldn’t have picked any other team to work with. I know that Orem is a team that can compete in the ULA and eventually become a Division I program. This season is just one of many steps in that direction.”
In 2012, the Tigers finished with a 5-9 record, finishing 4th in the South Conference and lost to Mountain Crest in the first round of the playoffs.
“I really feel like the 2013 season will be an opportunity to establish ourselves as competitors within the league,” said Gardner. “I hope that it will be a step in the process of building a lasting program at the school and, in turn, affect the sport of lacrosse within the community for the best.”
The Orem program has had it’s up and downs and almost folded, but Gardner feels it only makes them stronger.
“It’s true that the Orem/Mountain View program faced some struggles,” said Gardner. “Mountain View wasn’t able to field their own team and were combined with the Orem players just last season. It’s definitely something that we’re going to have to push through. However, I think it’s a great opportunity to overcome adversity and prove to the lacrosse community that we can play the game regardless of our current circumstances. This is a team that won state in 2009 and it’s still fresh in the minds of those who are now on the team. We’ve got great potential and a lot of opportunities in front of us. I want other teams to see what we’re capable of as a team.”
Gardner is originally from Valencia, CA but grew up in Orem. He and his wife currently reside in Provo where Gardner is attending BYU and working on a degree in Finance.
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