Former Episcopal School of Dallas boys soccer coach Mark Gardner passes away

Former football coach for the Episcopal School of Dallas, Mark Gardner, died over the weekend, the school said in an email on Wednesday.

ESD said it has no details on funeral services but will share the information when it becomes available.

Gardner worked at ESD for 27 years. During that time, he led ESD to more than 300 wins and five championships at the Southwest Preparatory Conference. In December 2014 he celebrated his 300th victory and in February 2015 his last SPC title.

Gardner also trained field hockey and was a member of the eighth grade ESD teaching team. In 2016 the Alumni Association recognized Gardner with its highest award, the Inspirit Accolade.

“I am devastated to hear of Coach Gardner’s death. I am grateful and privileged to have known Mark and to have referred to him as a coach, colleague and friend over the years, “said Ryan Kneipper, President of the ESD Alumni Association, the 1999 senior captain on Gardner’s first SPC title team was and was assistant coach for the 2015 championship team.

“He lived and breathed two things: ESD and football and always had a story about one or the other ready when you met him. His unwavering leadership and spirit will live forever with all those students who were fortunate enough to have him as a lunchtime consultant in the commons, as a soccer, field hockey or sports coach, and as a life-devoted teacher of ESD. “

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