Crusaders Men's Basketball Camps
A fixture on the Evangel sideline, Steve Gause enters his 10th season as Evangel’s assistant men’s basketball coach.
During his tenure with the Crusaders, Gause has been a part of six trips to the NAIA-I national tournament and helped continue a string of 20-win seasons that reached 10 consecutive. Evangel has won two regular season and three conference tournament titles while collecting a record of 146-86 overall.
Gause started his coaching career with the Crusaders during the 2001-02 seasons as a graduate assistant. During that season Evangel posted a remarkable 35-1 recorded en route to claiming the NAIA-II National Championship. He returned to the Crusader sidelines full-time prior to the 2009-10 season helping Evangel post a 92-42 conference mark and finishing lower than third in the Heart standings only once.
After two seasons as a graduate assistant, Gause spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Frostproof High School in Frostproof, Florida. He went on to spend two seasons as the head coach at George Jenkins High School in Lakeland, Florida, before returning to his alma mater in 2008 to work in student development.
As head coach at George Jenkins High School, Gause turned around a program that won just four games in his first season into a district runner-up and Florida state playoff squad the following season. He also helped rebuild a program at Frostproof High School as they made their first state playoff appearance in 18 years during Gause's third season there as an assistant. As the JV coach at Frostproof, Gause went from a four-win team in his first year, to a 14-4 record and 8-0 district mark by his third season.
A two-sport athlete at Evangel, Gause won four varsity letters in baseball (1997-2001) and two letters in basketball (1997-99). He received the Discipleship Award and President's Award for the basketball program and was awarded baseball's Golden Arm Award during his junior season in baseball. He was also a two-time NAIA Scholar-Athlete All-American.
He graduated from Evangel in 2001 with a degree in missions and earned his master's degree in school counseling from Evangel in 2003. He also currently teaches at Evangel in the psychology department after having served as a Resident Director for five years.
He and his wife Janet, reside in Springfield with their son Lucas daughter Olivia.
Capel rejoined the Evangel family after serving as an assistant coach at Stetson University from 2013-2019. Prior to joining the Hatters, Capel was the assistant coach at Jacksonville College in Texas (2012-13), the recruiting assistant at Florida State University, including two years prior as a graduate assistant (2009-2012), and an assistant coach at Evangel University (2005-2009).
Working for Corey Williams and the Hatters, Capel’s responsibilities included recruiting, scouting, scheduling, academics, and on-court coaching. He was also part of the first-ever A-Sun championship showing in school history as the Hatters lost 78-80 to Florida Gulf Coast in overtime.
During Capel’s time at Florida State, he played a role in everything from scouting reports to individual workouts. During his time at FSU, Capel was a part of the school’s first ACC Championship and three straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the 2011 Sweet 16.
Capel began his coaching career at his alma mater, Evangel University in Springfield, Mo. From 2006-09 the team posted three-straight 20-win seasons, two NAIA national tournament appearances, and was consistently ranked in the Top 25.
As a player at Evangel, Capel was a member of the Crusaders’ national championship team that finished 35-1 and was ranked No. 1 throughout the entire year.
A graduate of Heritage Academy in Florence, Ky., Capel was inducted into the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame in 2012 for his accomplishments in both basketball and baseball. He earned his Bachelor of Science from Evangel in 2005, a Master of Arts at Evangel in 2008, and a Master of Science at Florida State in 2011.
Capel and his wife, Stacy, are the parents of daughters Myla (8) and Kinzli (6), and son Dru (3).
Garard rejoins the Evangel basketball program after a sixteen-year stint with the U.S. Army. During this time, he went on two combat deployments and earned the rank of Sergeant. He most recently spent six years as a bodyguard with the U.S. State Department on their Diplomatic Security Teams at the Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, where he planned and executed hundreds of successful missions for both American and foreign diplomats.
He has spent the majority of his career training small teams and brings a strong emphasis on leadership to the program. He believes the virtues of hard work and discipline will bring great success to anyone who masters them. Garard is excited to teach these young men the lessons he has learned throughout his career in the military and help them prepare for life after basketball.
Back in his prep days, Garard was a varsity player for Hillcrest High School in Springfield. He led them to a conference championship, a district championship, and run in the state playoffs his senior year, where they eventually lost in overtime at the Elite Eight game in 2001. He earned the First Team All-City Award that year as well.
After graduation, he enrolled at Evangel and was a member of the basketball team. However, following the 9/11 attacks, he enlisted in the army and was deployed to Afghanistan.
Girard and his wife Lauren are excited to be a part of the Evangel family and reside in Springfield.