- Hometown: Williamston, MI
- Academic Background: BS in Education, Central Michigan University
MA in Athletic Administration, Central Michigan University
More About Me
- Coaching at MCC:
Returns as an assistant coach for the Jayhawks after 25 years as head coach. His primary duties include recruiting, academic advisor, and fundraising for the Dan Burt Memorial Wrestling Scholarship. During his tenure as head coach of the Muskegon Community College wrestling program, the Jayhawks acquired 332 dual meet victories, with Coach Gaffner placing third among NJCAA coaches in total wins. His teams placed in the top ten of the national tournament eleven times. They won 6 MCCAA championships, 13 NJCAA Region XII championships, and had 7 individual national champions and 59 All-Americans. Over 100 of his wrestlers earned Academic All-American status.
- MCCAA Coach of the Year six times
- NJCAA Region XII Coach of the Year 13 times
- NJCAA Coach of the Year
- Served as National Junior College Coaches Association secretary/treasurer, vice president, and president
- NJCAA Man of the Year in 1981
- Member of the NCAA National Wrestling Hall of Fame, NJCAA Hall of Fame, Michigan Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame, and Greater Muskegon Area Hall of Fame
- Lives in Whitehall with his wife Nadine.