Coach E Bio

Coach Gardow has accepted an offer and to coach the Chiba Jets in Chiba Japan. As the first head coach of the Chiba Jets, an expansion team of the BJ League, Coach Gardow will lead them in their inaugural 2011-2012 season. In addition, the Chiba Jets will be the first team ever to represent the BJ League in the All-Japan National Championships in January 2012.

Coach Gardow was recently selected by the Commissioner of the BJ League to be on the Coaching Staff of the 2012 Eastern Conference All-Star Team.

Coach Gardow recorded several winning seasons in Qatar most recently leading Qatar Sports Club to back to back appearances in the Finals of the 2009 Emir Cup and Heir Apparent Cup and 2008 Emir Cup and Heir Apparent Cup. That success has never before been accomplished throughout the history of the Club.

Upon his arrival to Qatar in 2007, he signed a short term contract to revive Al Rayyan Sports Club and did so in style by winning the Gulf Club Championships and earning a Bronze Medal in the Arab Club Championships. Following those championships he resumed his duties as Associate Head Coach of the Qatar National Team, participating in the William Jones Cup and the Asian Olympic Qualifying Tournament. In August of 2007, he was elevated to Head Coach of the National Team of Qatar, earning the countries first Bronze Medal in the 2007 Pan-Arab Games.

Prior to the move to Qatar, he was the head coach at Gogebic Community College. Along with his coaching responsibilities, Gardow also served as Coordinator of Student Life and lectured in the Math and Science Department.

In 2000, Gardow was hired as an assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and earned his Master's of Science Degree in Education. Hired as a position coach, Gardow worked individually with the post players, and later was promoted to Associate Head Coach, serving as Offensive Coordinator and Recruiting Coordinator, as well as leading the scout team efforts. In addition to those coaching responsibilities, he served as an admissions counselor and lectured in the physical education department. His leadership, hard work, and accomplishments quickly progressed his professional career.

He began his collegiate basketball career at UW-Stevens Point as a freshman on the 1986-87 WSUC Championship team. Following his freshmen year, he transferred back to his hometown and played at UW-Eau Claire. During this first stint at UW-Eau Claire, his team earned another conference title and advanced to the NAIA Final Four in Kansas City, MO. Gardow later left school to begin a long, but successful battle against cancer throughout the 1990's.

Eight years later in 1998, Gardow returned to finish his education and basketball career at UW-Eau Claire. Gardow, graduated with honors earning a Bachelors of Science Degree in Special Education. He was a scholar athlete, receiving multiple awards including, the Blugold Super-Six Salute Award, the highest honor UWEC can bestow upon an athlete. Gardow also received the Bill Zorn Scholarship, Fireman and Inspiration Awards. At age 31, Gardow was a member of the Blugold basketball team that advanced to the Division III Championship game in Salem, Virginia. Gardow became one of the oldest participants in NCAA history and one of the only players to participle in a NAIA and NCAA Finals respectively.

Eric Gardow, is a former prep standout at Eau Claire North High School was a three year starter, all-conference player, team captain, all state, and will be remembered for the backboards he shattered. After graduation in 1986, he competed in the North-South, WBCA All Star Game.


  • Born:

    August 11, 1968


    Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA


    Wife, Brooke Son, EJ and Twins, Gemma Wynn and Bennett Blue

  • M.S. Education

    M.S. Education


  • B.S. Education

    B.S. Education

    UW-Eau Claire

  • Certification


    State of Wisconsin