Blugold Super Six
Gardow will graduate this December in special education with a minor in coaching. He is currently student teaching at Chippewa Falls High School. He was recently hired by UW-Stout as an assistant men's basketball coach and will continue as a volunteer for the girl's basketball team in Osseo where his wife Brooke is the head coach.
Gardow had what was probably the longest career, time-wise, in school history. The former Eau Claire North prep standout lettered in basketball in 1988-89 after transferring from UW-Stevens Point. But he was forced out of school and spent many years battling testicular cancer. When he returned to school, he completed his final two seasons of eligibility and helped the Blugolds to an NCAA Division III runner-up finish last March. During the past two seasons he received the team Fireman Award for his performance off the bench and also the team Inspiration Award. He was on the floor for what has become one of the most memorable plays in Blugold history as he took a three-quarter court pass from Dave Mellenthin and passed the ball to Sherm Carstensen for the winning three-point basket in the final seconds of the sectional final.