"Red" Gardner was the key man on DePauw basketball teams during
the late '40s, leading the Tigers to a 16-3 season and a national
tournament berth in 1946-47 and to a 14-6 mark a year later. The
'46-'47 record was the most wins recorded by a DePauw basketball
team until it was finally topped 36 years later. Gardner scored 683
points during his DePauw career, a figure that kept him among the
school's top 10 career scorers into the 1970s. His undergraduate
basketball skills did not go unnoticed. He played one season with
the Minneapolis Lakers then went to St. Louis to play for Slater
Martin. Illness curtailed his career, however, and he earned his
M.S. degree at Indiana University in health and physical education.
In 1950 he started what would be a 33-year career at Oakwood High
School in Dayton, Ohio. His duties included teaching, counseling,
and coaching golf and basketball, the latter sport, of course, his
first love. He retired in 1983.