COACH Michelle Gardner

Coach Michelle Gardner, a native of Petersburg, Michigan, is a 1989 graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in Physical Education, where she was a standout pitcher from 1984-1988. In her senior season, she was named the Big Ten Player of the Year and garnered first team all-region honors as well. After exhausting her eligibility at Michigan, Gardner participated with several nationally-ranked Amateur Softball Association teams in addition to competing in three Olympic festivals. She was also part of softball's first appearance in the 1996 Olympic Games when she took part in the Olympic Trials.

Gardner was an assistant coach at Arizona State (1999-2001) and Florida State (1995-1998) helping lead both schools to NCAA Regional appearances and a College World Series appearance at Arizona State. She was also an assistant coach at Bowling Green State University, as well as a hitting and pitching instructor at the high school level.

Gardner’s first head coaching job was at the University of Nevada in Reno. In 2003, Gardner was hired to reinstate the Wolf Pack softball program. Within four years, the team won a conference championship and participated in the 2006 NCAA regional tournament. Once again in 2008 the Wolf Pack won the conference championship and participated in the 2008 NCAA regional tournament. Gardner was named WAC Coach of the Year and her coaching staff was named NFCA West Region Staff of the Year following a school-best 44-18 overall record.



Michelle Gardner was named the eighth head coach in Indiana University softball history on June 9, 2008 after spending the previous six seasons as the head coach at the University of Nevada. Gardner spent nine seasons at the helm of the Indiana Softball program. Since her first season with the Hoosiers in 2009, she has had 17 players receive All-Big Ten honors, a 2011 Big Ten Pitcher of the year, the program's first All-Big Ten Freshman Team honoree, seven NFCA All-Region selections and 77 Academic All-Big Ten selections. Gardner led the Hoosiers to a 30-25 record in 2012, and by reaching 30 wins, it was the first time since 1989 and 1990 that the Hoosiers have posted back-to-back 30-win seasons.


Gardner is the Head Momentum Coach at Recruiting Momentum, leading the recruiting process that helps high school athletes achieve their dreams of playing at the college level. Coach Gardner is using her experience of recruiting athletes to play Division I softball in order to guide our Momentum athletes to the next level. In addition, Gardner is a private hitting and pitching instructor at Diamond Dynamics in Bloomington, Indiana. Gardner is married to William "Gard" Gardner and they have three children, Lucas, Jilliyn, and Lydia.