Fairmont Preparatory Academy is pleased to announce the hiring of Joedy Gardner as its new head boys basketball coach. Gardner served as the head boys basketball coach at JSerra Catholic High School for the past seven seasons, leading the team to the CIF championship in 2014.

“The sky’s the limit with Fairmont Prep,” Gardner said. “There’s so much potential there to build something special for a long time, and I’m looking forward to being a part of it. When I met the leadership, and I met the staff there at the school…that family environment — it’s just so real. The support is incredible. I’m not just talking about athletically, [but] academically, too…They want to do good things, and I want to be a part of that.”

Over the past 24 years of coaching basketball, Gardner has accumulated an overall record of 289-92 and numerous “Coach of the Year” awards. He has coached or mentored 27 players who currently play in the NBA. Most famously, Gardner was head coach of the undefeated (47-0) 2006 Southern California All-Stars AAU team that featured future NBA players Kevin Love and Brandon Jennings on what ESPN The Magazine called “The Greatest Summer Team of All Time.”

Gardner is also the president and founder of Team/Works “Next Level,” a training and mentoring program for basketball players in high school, college, and the pros. Notable clients include current NBA players Klay Thompson, James Harden, and Tyson Chandler as well as Love and Jennings.

“As a coach, the No. 1 thing is to make you better than you think you can be,” Gardner said.

Gardner played college basketball for Hall of Fame coach Fred “Tex” Winter at Cal Sate Long Beach and was drafted by the NBA’s Houston Rockets in 1984 before continuing his pro career for the next six years with the Wisconsin Flyers of the CBA and in Europe.

Coach Gardner will take over the boys team from Fairmont Prep Athletic Director Dave Esparza, who has coached both the boys and girls basketball teams for the past three years (and the girls for the past 19). Esparza will continue to coach Fairmont’s girls team, for which he won CIF Coach of the Year in 2015.

“We’re looking for our boys team to go in a positive direction and compete for league and CIF championships in the next three years,” Esparza said. “Coach Gardner is the guy to take us there.”

“The vision is we want to compete and play at the highest level,” Gardner added. “Just like the academics [at Fairmont Prep] are at the highest level, we want to compete at that high level, as well, and come alongside it. It’s exciting.”