Jim Gardner

Jim Gardner, Head Coach

  • 12th year, email
  • 307.778.4393 (Office)
  • 307.631.7976 (Cell)

Jim Gardner has been sharing his passion for fitness and sports with Cheyenne youth for more than two decades. In addition to coaching the LCCC Golden Eagles and East High Lady Thunderbirds soccer teams, he has taught physical education at Cheyenne elementary schools since 1983. He currently teaches at Jessup and Clawson elementary schools.

Gardner has coached for LCCC since 2002 when he helped coach the then co-ed club soccer team. When the LCCC board of trustees approved a NJCAA Division I women’s soccer team in 2003, Gardner was named head coach.
Over the course of his career, Gardner has been named Wyoming High School South Conference Coach of the Year, Wyoming State Soccer Coach of the Year, National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s (NSCAA) Region VII Soccer Coach of the Year, National Federation of Interscholastic Coaches Association’s (NFICA) Regional Coach of the Year, NFICA National Coach of the Year, National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) Regional Soccer Coach of the Year and NHSCA National Soccer Coach of the Year.
These awards are well-deserved. With successes not limited to five high school state championships, three NSCAA national rankings and five club state championships, Gardner is accustomed to leading teams to success. He has coached more than 60 players from high school and club teams who have gone on to play all levels of college soccer.
Since 2005, the LCCC women’s soccer team has finished each season ranked in the top 10 in the nation, making it to the NJCAA national tournament six times: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2013. The Golden Eagles have won seven Region IX titles and five district titles. Gardner has received the National “B” license from the USSF and the NSCAA Advanced National certificate.
Overall LCCC Record: 158-45-20 (2002-2013)
Overall High School Record: 232-89-27 (1993-2014)

Rebecca ValdezRebecca Valdez, Assistant Coach

  • 12th year
Rebecca Valdez returns for her 12th season as an assistant coach for the LCCC women’s soccer program. A native of Cheyenne, Valdez played club soccer for the Cheyenne Sting and was a three-time all-state performer at East High School where the team won three state titles and accumulated a record of 59-1-1 during her four-year career.
Valdez was a four-year starter and four-year all-conference performer at Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D., an NCAA Division II program. She graduated NSU in 2002 as a Verizon/Adidas Region VII Scholar Athlete and an All-America Scholar Athlete nominee. Rebecca has earned her NSCAA Advanced National Coaching certificate. Valdez was named the 2014 NSCAA North Region Assistant Coach of the Year.

Kay Olivas, Goalkeeper Coach

  • First year
Kay Olivas enters her first season with the Golden Eagles soccer program. She is originally from Huntington Beach, California. Her primary responsibilities are to work with the goalkeepers. Olivas was a goalkeeper for the University of Wyoming women's soccer team. She's been involved with Wyoming Youth Soccer's Olympic Development Program for the past six years as a coach and administrator. Olivas is currently the Director of Coaching and ODP Technical Director for the State of Wyoming. Olivas has her NSCAA Advance National Diploma, Level 1 Goalkeeper Diploma, High School Coaching Diploma and Director of Coaching Diploma.