Gardner and Loeffler Honored by ECAC
By Jill Guise
Assistant Director of Athletic Communications
Loeffler has been named the 2018 ECAC Division III Coach of the Year and Gardner has grabbed Honorable Mention All-ECAC honors.
Loeffler led the Blue Jays to a share of the Centennial Conference regular season title after being picked to finish fifth in the conference’s preseason poll. He then guided Hopkins to its fourth Centennial Conference Tournament title and first since 2014. Loeffler is the first coach in conference history to guide his team to the tournament title as well as the first to earn CC Coach of the Year honors in his first season. His Blue Jays posted an impressive 24-5 record and climbed to as high as 12th in the national rankings before falling in the NCAA Second Round. The 24 wins are one shy of the school record while the Blue Jays put together a 14-game win streak from January 17 to March 3. In addition, Loeffler’s 24 wins are both a Johns Hopkins and Centennial Conference record for a first-year head coach.
Gardner led the Blue Jays in scoring (14.2 ppg), field goals (142), three-point field goals (71), free throws percentage (.866) and minutes played (886). He also ranks second in assists (2.4) and is third in three-point percentage (.394). In the Centennial, Gardner ranks in the top 10 in scoring, minutes, three-pointers, three-point percentage and free throw percentage. This season, he has drained five or more three-pointers four times and twice tied the single-game record with eight three-pointers. He’s scored in double figures 22 times, including a streak of 13 consecutive games. Gardner also has hit at least one three-pointer in each of his last 16 games, which is tied for the 10th longest in program history.