Embarking on his second season in Columbia, Garner brought over 25 years of experience at the collegiate level to the Gamecocks last season as well as a 30-year long personal and professional relationship with head coach Curtis Frye. The addition of Garner brought together three coaches (Frye, Brown and Garner) who have all developed sprinters who have competed on the international stage.
Garner has served as head coach at Clemson and as an assistant at Virginia, James Madison, Illinois and Christopher Newport. As head coach at Clemson from 1998-99, Garner coached the Tigers to the ACC team title and earned ACC Coach of the Year honors.
Garner has coached 88 All-Americans, 189 national qualifiers, six NCAA champions and 77 conference champions in his time in the collegiate ranks. His coaching expertise has spanned all areas of the sport between field events and track events. He assisted in the development of an Olympic gold medalist (Kim Graham) and a bronze medalist (Tonja Buford-Bailey).
His coaching accomplishments include working with Buford-Bailey, Graham and Tonya Williams. During that period, Bailey posted a career-best 52.62 in the 400-meter hurdles, the fourth-fastest women's time ever recorded. Williams earned two gold, one silver and one bronze medal at the NCAA Championships in a two-year span and won 20 Big Ten championships in her collegiate career.
As recruiting coordinator at Illinois, Garner brought in three top-three nationally ranked recruiting classes, helped the Illini win six Big Ten team titles and coached Collinus Newsome to the 1995 USATF Junior National championship in the shot put. He began his career as an assistant at Christopher Newport University in 1982.
An alum of Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia, Garner was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in February 1999. He is married to former James Madison University head volleyball coach Disa Garner.