The USTFCCCA has named Marvin Gibson the Southeast Region Women's Assistant Coach of the Year as the outdoor season winds to a close. Gibson was also named the region's assistant coach of the year following the indoor season.
Gibson helped three Clemson athletes qualify for NCAAs this week. His 4×100 relay set an ACC record with a time of 43.31. Gibson also helped Tori Robinson qualify in the 100 and Sabria Hadley qualify in the 200.
Gibson, in his 4th year with the program as coach of the sprints, hurdles and relays, took sprinter Tevin Hester to unprecedented heights in three seasons working with the talented short sprinter. Hester finished his career with nine All-America honors, eight under Gibson's coaching. He also won seven individual ACC titles, all under Gibson over his final three years. Hester was also a three-time ACC MVP and the 2015 Indoor and Outdoor Performer of the Year.
Gibson was instrumental in helping the Tiger women claim both ACC Indoor and Outdoor Championships in 2015. He personally coached the short sprints, where Sabria Hadley set the ACC Outdoor meet record in a gold medal 100-meter performance. His 4x100 relay also claimed gold at the outdoor championship. In 2016, Myasia Jacobs won the ACC 60-meter sprint title and was a second-team All-American as well.
In 2015, Gibson also had a strong influence on Justin Johnson, who won his first ACC crown and was a first-team All-American in the 110-meter hurdles, and Deja Parrish, the ACC Outdoor Freshman of the Year.
Before coming to Clemson, Gibson spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach in charge of sprints and hurdles for the men's and women's teams at the University of Oklahoma. In 2013, he coached the Big 12 Champion in the 110 hurdles, Tre' Lathan. Gibson also coached All-Big 12 athletes in the 100, 200 and 4x100. He guided the men's 4x400 to second-team All-America honors during the outdoor season.
Gibson's career took off after assisting with LSU's world-renowned sprints, hurdles and relays program from 2005-11. He helped coach some of the most decorated athletes in the school's history, including 2008 Olympic silver medalist Richard Thompson, multi-time NCAA Champions Xavier Carter and Kelly Willie, 2009 NCAA 100-meter gold medalist Trindon Holliday, and LSU hurdles record-holder Barrett Nugent.
In all, Gibson helped coach 18 athletes to 74 All-America honors at LSU. He coached 12 athletes to a total of 19 SEC titles, and 20 athletes to a whopping 66 All-SEC accolades.
Gibson earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from LSU in 1996, and coached at the high school level for seven years before later returning as a volunteer assistant in Baton Rouge.