Piscataway, N.J. — Director of athletics Pat Hobbs and head coach Steve Owens announced that Rutgers baseball will retire Glen Gardner’s No. 49 on Oct. 11 at Bainton Field. It will be the third number retired in program history, joining Jeff Torborg’s No. 10 and Fred Hill’s No. 24. The announcement was made Saturday evening to close the inaugural Leadoff Banquet held at The Rutgers Club.
“To be going on the wall as a retired number with Jeff Torborg and coach Hill, it really doesn’t seem real or that I’m worthy of it,” Gardner said in a statement. “This is a great honor and it’s one that I’ll treasure for the rest of my life. But really, this is a tribute to all the players I had the chance to coach over the years. This is about them. I’ll always be grateful for their dedication to Rutgers baseball.
“I’m also thankful to coach Hill for giving me the opportunity to come back to Rutgers as a coach. I learned so much from him, on and off the field. Coach Hill always let me be me. He let me be myself and that’s the way I coached.”
A Rutgers baseball legend, Gardner was one of the most prolific hitters in school history and returned to work 29 seasons on staff. He was inducted into the Rutgers Athletics Hall of Fame in 1997.
Gardner spent 18 seasons as an assistant coach under Hill before serving as the director of baseball operations, volunteer assistant coach and senior advisor to the head coach. The Scarlet Knights secured 870 wins, eight NCAA Regional appearances, seven regular season conference championships and five conference tournament titles with Gardner on staff. That included hosting an NCAA Regional in 2000, a rarity for a Northeast school. Gardner played a key role in identifying, recruiting and developing talent.