Chris Gardner is in his second season as head coach for the Cavaliers. In his first season, he led the Cavaliers to a 22-10 record, along with breaking two school records in three pointers made in a single game (17) and three pointers in a single season (294).
In 2014-15 season as an assistant at KCC, he helped lead the team to a 24-9 record along with winning the regular season Region IV tournament title. Gardner has found success in every program he has been involved with.
He also serves as head coach and assistant director of the Example Sports AAU boys and girls basketball programs in Kankakee. Gardner's teams have competed at several of the top tournaments across the country. Prior to coaching the Example AAU program, Gardner was an assistant women's basketball coach at Moraine Valley Community College and Chicago Vocational Career Academy. At Chicago Vocational, Gardner helped lead the girls basketball team to an undefeated regular season and the Chicago Public Schools Chicago Division City Championship.
Gardner attended Whitney Young High School, where he helped his team win the regional and sectional championship in 2000, earning a berth in the "Sweet 16 Supersectional" of the IHSA State Basketball Tournament. The supersectional was played in the United Center before 20,002 fans. Gardner played college basketball at Elgin Community College, where he was an All-Skyway Conference and All-Region IV performer. He continued his college career at Trinity International University. Gardner also has played professionally for the Kankakee County Soldiers, winning six Independent Basketball Association championships. Throughout his professional experience, Gardner has been to several mini camps, including the Idaho Stampede of the NBA D-League.