The Episcopal School of Dallas is pleased to introduce the Mark Gardner Memorial Award. Every year, the award will be given to a graduating senior who leaves an indelible mark on the boys soccer program. Coach Gardner was the varsity boys soccer coach for 27 years, during which time he led the team to over 300 wins and five SPC championships. During his almost three decades at ESD, Mark was steadfast in his guidance and support for the hundreds of students under his tutelage. On top of being a great soccer coach, Coach Gardner was a great friend, mentor, and advisor.
“Coach Gardner lived and breathed two things: ESD and soccer and always had a story about one or the other ready to go whenever you ran into him,” said Ryan Kneipper ’99, current parent, Alumni Association President, and captain of Gardner’s first SPC championship team. “His steadfast guidance and spirit will live on forever with all those students who were lucky enough to have him as an advisor at the lunch table in the commons, a coach in soccer, field hockey, or PE, and a teacher who dedicated his life to ESD.”
The Mark Gardner Memorial Award recognizes Coach Gardner’s legacy both on and off the pitch; its recipients will be great players, great teammates, and great friends. The 2021 recipient is Max Moorman. Max is a four-year member of the varsity soccer program. During his senior year, Max was voted captain and started every game of the season at center back. He will continue playing soccer next year for Sewanee, University of the South.
“Max Moorman is a worthy recipient of the 2021 Mark Gardner Memorial Award,” said Phil McCarthy, Boys Soccer Program Director and History Teacher. “Over the past four years, Max has developed into an All SPC-level center back, and, during his senior year, he was the undisputed leader of our team. Max represented the program well on the field and off. He’ll be greatly missed next year, but no doubt his presence will be felt on Sewanee’s roster and campus.”
On hand this morning for the presentation were Max Moorman, his parents, Laurie and Paul, Coach McCarthy, and Ryan Kneipper.