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Northwest Rankin HS - Soccer
Northwest Rankin HS - Soccer

CAMP DIRECTOR | DEAN JOSEPH


At the helm of the Lady Tigers soccer team, Joseph had a 47-39-9 record and led JSU to two Southwestern Athletic Championship game appearances, one SWAC championship title, and one NCAA regional tournament appearance.

Joseph has prior ties to the Southwestern Athletic Conference. From 2003 to 2008, Joseph led the Mississippi Valley State Devilettes to two SWAC championships and two NCAA tournament appearances. While at Valley, he accumulated a 61-51-8 record. He was also nominated as coach of the year in 2005 and 2008. His Devilettes held a cumulative team GPA of 3.25.

Prior to taking the assistant position at ULM, Joseph led Gautier High School to the playoffs twice in his last three years with the high school. In the 2010 season Joseph led the team to the first final four in seven years

In his three years at Gautier High School Joseph placed 7 of 14 graduates into college soccer programs around the country. He was the first coach to place two players in a Division 1 Program. He was also instrumental in coaching Ashley Johnson who eventually became the leading goal scorer in school history with over 100 goals. Johnson was the leading goal scorer in the nation, scoring 50 goals, according to maxpreps.com.

Academics have been a huge part of the success of Joseph's programs. In his last year, the team GPA was 3.72, the highest cumulative GPA of any team at Gautier High School. The soccer program received the MHSAA Team Scholar Athlete Award in each of his three years at Gautier.

Joseph earned his bachelor's degree in sports management with a minor in marketing at Tiffin University in 1996 after transferring from William Carey, where he was ranked fourth in the nation in goals and his team was nationally ranked. During his time at Tiffin University, he won two conference titles and was among the top goal scorers in the conference. In 2007, he was inducted into the Tiffin University Hall of Fame.

Joseph is married to LaDana Joseph and has three children, Zoe, Cristin, and Ashton.

CAMP DIRECTOR | CHRIS GARDNER


Chris has been the Head Coach of the Cougar soccer program for 20 seasons. He currently has a record of 370-91-25. He holds 14 District Titles, 6 North State Division Titles, and 4 State Titles. He received MAC Coach of the Year in 2000 and the Clarion Ledger Coach of the Year in 2000, 2008, and 2017. In each of his State Championship seasons his team ended the number 1 ranked team in Mississippi. This season also saw his team end the National Polls for MaxPreps at number 1.

Prior to coaching at Northwest Rankin, Chris graduated at MS State; where he was a 4 year letterman for the MS State football team. Chris was an All State kicker and punter while at MS State. He graduated with a degree in Secondary Education. Chris went to Brandon High School where he won a State Championship in soccer in 1989.