Coach Gary Tanner is a Cherokee from Jay, Oklahoma who came to Haskell Indian Nations University when it was a Junior College. Coach Tanner played, started and lettered in the Sports of Football and Wrestling while at Haskell during the 1976 & 1977 school years. After moving from Haskell, Coach Tanner played Football for Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma where they finished as the National Runner-Up Team in 1980. His two year stay at NSU was successful as they finished with a 20-4 record. After he graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Education, Coach Tanner gained experience in high School for four years before returning to Haskell Junior College as an Assistant Football Coach for the Fightin' Indians.
In 1986 Coach Tanner became the Head Football Coach at Haskell and remained there until 2000 when he retired from coaching Football. During his years as Head Football Coach he helped with the transition to the university level of competition and the entrance into the NAIA. During his years as Head Football Coach, he earned his Master Degree in Education from the University of Kansas. Coach Tanner started the program and served as the Head Women's Fast pitch Softball Coach for 11 years until his move to the position of Head Men's Golf Coach where he is today. Coach Tanner has been at Haskell in the Athletic Department for 30 years.
Gary Tanner is an Instructor and the present Chair for the Health, Sport and Exercise Science Department.
He is married to Jane Walkinshaw and have three children: Brady who has been the ball boy for the Fightin' Indians football team for 26 years and is still on the sideline today: Jamie, who played softball for four years at Haskell and earned 1st team All-Conference while starting in the outfield for the Fightin' Indians: Jennifer who attended Haskell before getting married, she now supports Haskell from the stands. Janie and Gary have 1 Grandchild who is the light of the world for the whole family, she is 11 years old and her name is Chilali Masey Tanner.
Brady Tanner has been a staple for the Haskell Athletic Department for the past 23 years. He has been the Ball boy for the Football Team since 1986, or since since he was 6 years old. He has the most tenure of anyone connected to Haskell Football and is still in love with his duties on the sidelines. He enjoys the connection to the coaches and players (past and present) and coming to practice every day. He has made Haskell and the Athletic Department a big part of his life, and looks forward to each and every sports season.
Along with his duties in Football, Brady has been the batboy for the Softball Team and is currently in his second year as the Manager for the Varsity Golf Team.
Brady is the son of Janie and Gary Tanner (current Golf Coach). He was born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. He has lived in Lawrence, Kansas since the Fall of 1985 when he moved with his family.
Brady has Rubinstein Taybies Syndrome which is a rare disability that has affected his mental development. He is very sociable and loves everyone he meets.
Brady competes with the Special Olympics and has become one of the most elite lifters in the organization. in 2011, Brady was a member of the USA National Team and competed in Athens, Greece during the Special Olympic World Games. Brady won Four Medals with three being Gold Medals. He also won the Gold Medal for having the heaviest Combination lift in the competition. Brady has won many state, national, and world championships in other organizations. Brady is considered one of the strongest Special Olympians in the world today.
Brady is a special non degree seeking Student at Haskell and is a part of the fabric that makes up our Pride and Heritage. He is an inspiration to other students and always has a smile and hello to meet them.
|Haskell at||3rd of 3|
|Triangular - Bethel/Friends Spring Break Competition|
|Day 1 - Graceland Tournament|
|Day 2 - Graceland Tournament|
|Day 1 - Baker University Tournament|
|Day 2 - Baker University Tournament|
|Day 1 - MCAC Conference Tournament|
|Day 2 - MCAC Conference Tournament|