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
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 Valdez, Assistant Coach
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
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.