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Marvin Gibson

Position: Assistant Coach - Short Sprints

Gibson by the Numbers


at LSU (2005-11):
1 – Olympic medalist
1 – NCAA men’s 4×400 record (2:59.59)
4 – NCAA Champion relays
10 – NCAA Individual Champions winning 11 titles
18 – All-American athletes earning 74 All-America honors
12 – SEC Champion athletes winning 19 SEC titles
20 – All-SEC athletes earning 66 All-SEC honors

at Oklahoma (2012-13):
1 – Big 12 Champion
21 – All-Big 12 athletes

at Clemson (2013-present):
10 – ACC Champions
21 – All-Americans

Marvin Gibson is in his sixth season as an assistant coach at Clemson in 2018-19. He was hired in July of 2013 by head coach Mark Elliott and coaches the men’s and women’s sprints and relay groups.

Gibson 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 4×100 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.

Most recently, Gibson guided the Clemson women’s 4x100m relay team to its second straight All-America performance at the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Gibson was also influential in the Tiger women securing its first-ever Cup of America sprint medley relay championship at the 2018 Penn Relays. Additionally, Gibson led then-sophomore Rebekah Smith to her first national championship appearance as an individual in the 100m dash after setting the No. 2 program record at the 2018 East Prelims.

In 2017, Smith won the 2017 ACC indoor title in the 60m dash under Gibson’s direction. In her freshman season Smith represented Clemson at the NCAA Outdoor Championships alongside Hadley, Torie Robinson and Ranee Ricketts in the 4x100m. Robinson and Hadley also qualified for the 100m and 200m dashes, giving Gibson his largest group at an NCAA championship during his tenure at Clemson.

In 2015, Gibson 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.

In Gibson’s first season (2013-14), the sprint groups produced a First-Team All-American in the 60-meter dash (Hester) and a Second Team All-American in the 100 (Reggie Lewis). In addition, Clemson sprinters earned all-conference honors in the men’s 60 (Hester), women’s 60 (Whitney Fountain) and women’s 400 (Marlena Wesh) in 2014.

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 4×100. He guided the men’s 4×400 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.

Thompson was the 2008 USTFCCCA Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year and won national titles in both the 60 and 100 that year. His time of 6.51 in the 60 dash is an NCAA Indoor Championships record. Holliday, now an all-purpose standout in the NFL for the New York Giants, followed in 2009 by winning the NCAA Outdoor crown in the 100 dash. Both were members of LSU’s NCAA Championship 4×100 relay in 2008, one of the fastest in collegiate history (38.42).

Carter made history in 2006 when he became the first athlete since Jesse Owens to capture four NCAA titles at a single meet. He won the 100 and 400 meters, and helped the 4Ă—100 and 4Ă—400 relays to victory as well. Willie, the most decorated All-American in LSU history with 19 honors, won seven national titles in his career. Gibson helped coach Nugent to a pair of SEC Championships in the 110 hurdles in 2010 and 2011. He won the NCAA Outdoor crown in the event in 2011, and was runner-up in the indoor 60 hurdles the same year.

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, Louisiana.

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