Saint Joseph's basketball mourns the passing of former player Harry "Bud" Gardler '68, a highly successful high school coach and renowned coaching mentor to those in Philadelphia basketball and beyond.
The funeral arrangements are as follows: Visitation on Monday, August 20 at Cardinal O'Hara High School from Noon to 2:30 p.m., followed by Mass at the high school at 2:30 p.m.
Mr. Gardler played for the Hawks' freshman team and then on the varsity for two seasons under coach Jack McKinney, 1966-67 and 1967-68.
He went on to coach at Cardinal O’Hara High for 32 seasons (1977-2008), where he compiled a 463-341 record, and then at Bishop Kenrick for seven seasons (1969-75). He was an assistant coach at American University in 1975-76.
"Bud, without self-promotion, has really created a coaching tree that will carry on his legacy forever. The number of people that he has influenced range from Hall of Famers to long-time CYO grade school coaches. Everyone who came in contact with Bud through basketball has a fond rememberance. During this difficult time, one of the rays of sunshine is reading the tributes that have been pouring in," said Saint Joseph's head coach Phil Martelli.
"Personally, Bud opened the door to the coaching world for me. He exposed me to many, many people who fostered my love for coaching and teaching the game - but no one was more influential than Bud Gardler," said Martelli. "His love for SJU basketball and his loyalty to this program has been a inspiration."