IUPUI Athletics | April 1, 2014 IUPUI tabs Gardner as head coach Jason Gardner comes from Memphis, where he was an assistant under Josh Pastner. Share INDIANAPOLIS -- IUPUI hired former Arizona star Jason Gardner as its new head coach on Monday. The school said it would introduce Gardner at a news conference Wednesday. He replaces Todd Howard, who was fired after going 26-70 in three seasons. Gardner, the 1999 Indiana Mr. Basketball, served as an assistant coach on Josh Pastner's staff at Memphis. Before that he served as an assistant at Loyola Chicago. Wherever Gardner has been, he has excelled. He won the Class 4A state title and the short-lived Tournament of Champions crown as a senior at North Central on Indianapolis' north side. He was the 2000 national freshman of the year, the 2003 Naismith Award winner and led the Wildcats to the 2001 national championship game. He also played professionally overseas for eight seasons.