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Notre Dame schools announce new athletic director

Posted 7/2/22

Notre Dame Schools announced the appointment of David Gardinier as athletic director. Gardinier has spent 13 years coaching girls basketball, soccer, and softball at the high school level.

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Notre Dame schools announce new athletic director

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UTICA — Notre Dame Schools announced the appointment of David Gardinier as athletic director.

Gardinier has spent 13 years coaching girls basketball, soccer, and softball at the high school level. He has coached at Rome Catholic High, Westmoreland, and most recently was coaching at Rome Free Academy and Holland Patent.

Gardinier also coached girls varsity soccer at Notre Dame from 2017-19, Notre Dame JV basketball from 2018-19 and Notre Dame modified softball from 2018-19.

Being appointed athletic director at Notre Dame has significant meaning for Gardinier, as his children, Christos (2016 graduate) and Sofia (2020 graduate), attended the school.

Gardinier said he “comes to Notre Dame to continue the tradition of academic and athletic success. Notre Dame athletic teams are known for teamwork and good sportsmanship. I come here to help them continue that success, and I look forward to having the opportunity to be a small part of that.”

Notre Dame has a new full-time athletic director after executive principal Roy Kane confirmed last October that Marty Nemecek was no longer serving as the school’s athletic director after taking the position in summer 2020.

Notre Dame officials have not elaborated how the decision was made.

The change in leadership came around the same time that it was determined there was violation of the state athletic policy with regard to student-athlete transfer eligibility and the Notre Dame football team. The team had to forfeit three wins in which the unnamed ineligible player was involved. 

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