May 5, 2010

Gibson takes over as head track coach

GROVE CITY, Pa. ' Grove City College assistant football/assistant track and field coach Todd Gibson will take over as the College's head men's and women's track and field coach, effective July 1, 2010.

Gibson will also join the Department of Physical Education and Athletics as a full-time assistant professor of physical education and exercise science. He will remain as an assistant football coach at Grove City.

He replaces head track and field coach Dr. Allison Williams, who will continue in her role of assistant chair for the Department of Physical Education and Athletics. She will focus on academic matters within the department, including the continued development of the College's new exercise science major.

A native of Champion, Ohio, Gibson recently completed his second season as an assistant men's and women's track and field coach at the College. He has worked primarily with Grove City's distance runners and has guided eight athletes to Presidents' Athletic Conference titles in that span.

Four distance runners have set new school records over the past two seasons.

A 2002 Grove City graduate, Gibson will be entering his seventh season as an assistant football coach at the College this fall. He works specifically with the outside linebackers while also working as the program's strength and conditioning coordinator.

As a student-athlete at Grove City, he started for two seasons at split end in football from 1998 to 2001 and led the team in receiving as a senior.

Gibson graduated from Grove City with a bachelor's degree in political science. He also owns a bachelor's degree in integrated social studies/secondary education from Youngstown State. In 2006, he completed his master's degree in exercise science from California University of Pennsylvania.

Gibson completed his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist credential through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He also earned his Performance Enhancement Specialist credential through the National Association of Sports Medicine.

Williams spent 10 seasons as Grove City's head women's track and field coach. She also coached the men's team in 2009 and 2010.

Grove City's men's track and field team placed second at this year's PAC Championships while the women earned fourth place. Overall, the men's program has won 17 conference titles in 26 years while the women have captured seven of the last 12 league crowns.

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