Hitting and Fielding Coach
Jeff Gardner joins Lou Ott Baseball with experience at both the collegiate and professional level, and a mentality of helping youth baseball players of all ages achieve their dreams.
Jeff is a Louisville native where he played high school baseball at Whitefield Academy leading the team to it's first district championship in school history. The Wildcats went on to win 2 district championships during Gardner's tenure.
After high school he showcased his talents at the University of Louisville from 2011 to 2014 where he helped lead the team to 3 conference championships (2 Big East, 1 AAC) as well as back to back College World Series appearances in 2013 and 2014. During his time at Louisville he collected multiple individual awards including 3 time All Conference (2 Big East, 1 AAC), 2014 American Athletic Conference Player of the Year, and 2014 All American.
Gardner also competed in the historic Cape Cod Baseball League for the 2013 Bourne Braves. After a strong senior year and leading the American Athletic Conference in hitting, he was drafted in the 8th round by the Washington Nationals where he played from 2014-2016 before joining the Evansville Otters in the summer of 2016. The Otters went on to win the 2016 Frontier League Championship.
Gardner brings years of experience competing at a high level in multiple positions. He started his career at UofL behind the plate as a catcher before transitioning to the outfield the following year where he spent the latter part of his collegiate career and professional career.