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    Greg Gibbons Named Women's Volleyball Coach

    Jan 28, 2010
    University of the Pacific Director of Athletics Lynn King has announced the hiring of Greg Gibbons as women's volleyball head coach.

          Gibbons has spent the last four seasons at UC Santa Barbara, including the last two as associate head coach. He was the primary recruiter for the Gauchos, and was involved in all facets of running the program. 

          "We are very pleased to have someone with Greg's vision and talent to lead our program," said King. "He is a tireless recruiter who is excellent at training student-athletes and has the ability to bring out their competitive nature. I look forward to working with him."

          ""I want to thank Athletics Director Lynn King for the honor and privilege to lead University of the Pacific's Women's volleyball program," said Gibbons. "Pacific Volleyball has a rich history and strong athletic tradition that includes two National Titles, and I look forward to getting the program back to the top of the Big West Conference and into the NCAA Championships. I am also very impressed with the beauty of the campus and the academics standards for our student-athletes. This is a great place for my family and I look forward to our future together with the Pacific Tiger's Women's Volleyball Team. I am very excited and anxious to hit the ground running."

          With extensive experience at the collegiate, club, and USA Volleyball levels, Gibbons will bring an outstanding coaching background to the Tiger program.

          In two of his four years at UC Santa Barbara, Gibbons helped lead the program to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances and 66 victories. The Gauchos were 19-12 in his first season and a 22 win season in 2009. In his time at UCSB, he coached two All-Americans, three All-Region players, 10 All-Big West players and six All-Freshmen players.

          Gibbons went 41-29 as the head coach at Cal Lutheran University from 2003-05, leading the Regales to an 18-3 mark, a conference championship and a final NCAA Division III national ranking of No. 18 his final season. He guided CLU to the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title in 2005 while mentoring a First Team AVCA All-American, Mo Coverdale. In 2004, Cal Lutheran finished with a West Region ranking of 7th and was ranked as high as No. 25 in the national poll.

         In 2008, Gibbons took over the Santa Barbara Volleyball Club as director and head coach. In 2009 Gibbons took the SBVC to the bronze medal at the Junior Olympics and a No. 3 national ranking.

           Prior to his time in Santa Barbara, Gibbons emerged as an outstanding club coach. He was the co-director and coach of the Los Angeles-based Sports Shack Volleyball Club from 2004-07. In the 2005 season he was named Club Coach of the Year while leading the under-15 team to a fifth-place finish at Nationals while his under-18 team won the Volleyball Festival National Championship. In 2006, his under-16 team captured the regional title.

          From 2004-06 Gibbons also served as head coach of the Southern California Volleyball Association Youth National Team based in Anaheim, coaching the region's top girls players that placed third at the Global World Championships in Salt Lake City in 2005.

          In addition, Gibbons was Coordinator of Volleyball Affairs with the Pepperdine University men's program from 2003-05, analyzing game film and handling administrative responsibilities for the perennially-powerful Waves. In his time in Malibu (2003-06) Gibbons was part of a program that won a national title (2005), was the national title runner-up (2003) and also played in a Final Four (2004).

          Previously, Gibbons served as head boys and girls volleyball coach at both Westlake High School (2000-03) and was the head boys coach at Moorpark High School (1997-99) while also gaining experience with several Ventura County-based club programs.

          Gibbons is a 1997 graduate of Iowa State University where he earned a B.S. in psychology and in 2009 earned his Master's degree in adult education from the University of Phoenix. At Iowa State he played on the Cyclones' nationally ranked club volleyball team, ranking as high as third in 1997.

           He married Emily Cochran in December of 2005 and the two have a son, Max.