MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College Department of Athletics mourns the loss of Nick Gabardina, a long-time coach, supporter and friend of Hawks athletics. Gabardina passed away on Friday, Oct. 11.
Originally selected for induction to the Saint Anselm Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007, Gabardina and his class of inductees were formally introduced and honored on Feb. 11, 2017. A legendary ambassador for Hawks athletics, Gabardina served as the Head Coach for Saint Anselm baseball from 1979-86 and once again in 1989, racking up 54 career victories. He also served as an Assistant Coach for Saint Anselm softball during his career on the Hilltop.
In 1992, Gabardina was awarded the prestigious Varsity "A", the Saint Anselm Letter of Special Merit Award in recognition of his lengthy coaching career and his support of student-athletes as part of the game-day staff at Hawks basketball contests.
A popular baseball coaching figure in the Granite State since 1958, Gabardina coached Manchester Post 79 to the American Legion World Series in 1966 and also led Manchester Memorial to the Class L state title in the late 1970's.
During his time as a coach and social studies instructor at Manchester Memorial, Gabardina coached several students that would go on to careers in Major League Baseball, including first baseman Steve Balboni and All-Star and Cy Young Award winner Mike Flanagan.
He received his bachelor's degree from Brown University.
A calling hour from 5 to 6 p.m. will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at Goodwin Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 9 a.m., also at the Goodwin Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery in Manchester.
To view Gabardina's complete obituary, click here.