Wednesday , Mar , 01 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Redhawks opt not to extend Garner’s contract

Cape Girardeau, MO (Sports Network) – Southeast Missouri State officials
announced Wednesday that head men’s basketball coach Gary Garner will not have
his contract extended.

Garner’s current five-year contract will expire on June 30.

The Redhawks went just 7-20 (4-16 Ohio Valley Conference) this season and
finished 10th in the conference standings.

“I’m obviously disappointed with the university’s decision, but I understand
it was made in the best interest of the university,” Garner said. “I continue
to feel very good about the players coming back next year. I think Southeast
will be at the top of the OVC over the next couple of years.”

Athletic director Don Kaverman is currently assembling a search committee that
will help expedite the process of finding a new coach.

Garner compiled a 126-132 record in nine seasons at Southeast. He guided the
Redhawks to a 24-7 record, a conference championship and a trip to the NCAA
tournament during the 1999-00 campaign. The 24 wins was a record for Southeast
at the Division I level, and was preceded by a 20-win season in ’98-99.

Garner has a 373-297 overall record in 23 years as a coach for schools that
include Missouri Southern, Drake and Fort Hays State.