Farewell, Dave Jardine
How long have you been at Andrews?
This is the beginning of my 15th year at Andrews. When I came in I was the athletic director and supervised the student activities as well, which I did for 4 years. Then they came up with a full time position for student activities and I moved directly into athletics and I have been here ever since.
How long were you the basketball coach for?
I served as a coach for six seasons. When I first started I was the athletic director, because there was so much involved with the intramural program as well as starting the then new Cardinal Program 13 years ago. I wasn’t able to coach because I had too many other things going on at the time. Then I was head coach for 6 years and absolutely have enjoyed every minute of it. It’s been a great thing, students here are great, which will be one for the things I miss most about leaving Andrews.
What is your most memorable Andrews experience?
As a coach it was most definitely the first championship we won in 2011 8-0 against the University of Cincinnati-Clermont. We went into that championship game as the big time underdogs. No one believed we would win that game, but fortunately our guys came together and played their hearts out against a very good team and came out on top. That’s certainly been the highlight of my career and I was very happy that those athletes had the opportunity to win a championship.
What is the most rewarding part about being the athletic director?
The most rewarding thing is working with the students. Being around a younger group like this keeps you young at heart. There are so many students from different backgrounds that come to Andrews. The nice thing is that they are all here because they are all longing to be here at Andrews because the program is Christ-centered. It is also nice because the staff have the same feelings and are here for the same reasons. The fact that we can incorporate sports into that as well has been a great fit.
I went to public schools when I grew up, and I always participated on the varsity team and fortunately my coaches let me have Sabbaths off, which could create tension at times because coaches weren’t happy, some of the players there were showing up on Sabbaths didn’t think it was fair that I was still able to get playing time even though I wasn’t showing up on Sabbaths. Nevertheless, it was such a nice opportunity for me growing up knowing how difficult it was for me not being able to play on Fridays and Saturdays. Then to have the opportunity for me to come here at Andrews and do what I love and not have to worry about any Sabbath issues. It’s been a great experience for me!
How would you define success in athletics?
To me success is taking a team at a starting point and finishing at the end of the year with a group that is no longer recognizable in comparison to the starting point. I think it’s amazing how players quickly learn and pick things up. How they start out as a “ragtag team” and come together and then get stronger and stronger and time goes by. For me even if you win or lose, as long as you are a lot better than your starting point that’s true success. Starting with 15 guys and ending with the same 15 guys is also success. I can recall watching timid freshmen coming in and sort of struggling because they are away from home, but to watch them build that relationship with their teammates, to watch the team come together knowing that it’s also Christ-centered means a lot. You have students watch out for one another, who don’t know each other and can become best friends and even lifelong friends. To me that’s success.
So what is next for you?
Actually I am moving into the field of real estate. I have a license here in Michigan to practice real estate and have signed with a broker in St. Joe, so I’ll still be in the community and will still be coming by to watch games and support the students that way.
How are you going to support Andrews since you are no longer the Athletic Director?
I hope to make a lot of money so I can give back to the program. I think of supporting Andrews; that’s the area that is near and dear to my heart. I’d love to be able to pump as much money into it as possible. I hope to have a possibility of a Jardine scholarship a few years down if finances are looking good. I have four other brothers who have graduated from Andrews so it would be something that we could potentially do together as a family.
Any other comments you want to leave with the faculty, staff, and students?
I want to publicly thank Frances Faehner for the opportunity. She has been an amazing boss through this process and it a sad farewell for me. My children have gone through Andrews and graduated from here which has led them all out in society doing well and working in the public. I am going to miss the students here. There is a lot about Andrews University that I’ll miss. I hope the school continues to grow and is blessed by God for sure.