Track and Field Hires Asha Gibson as Assistant Coach

first_imgBefore coaching, Gibson was a standout student-athlete at Jacksonville State in Jacksonville, Ala. There, she was a school record holder in the 55meters, 60 meters and 100 meters. She earned a dozen all-conference honors and was inducted into the JSU Scholar-Athlete Hall of Fame in 2005.  DES MOINES, Iowa – Asha Gibson has been named as an assistant coach for track and field at Drake University, director of cross country and track & field Mark Carroll announced, Oct. 17. Gibson received the Ohio Valley Conference Medal of Honor twice in her collegiate career and was on the Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll throughout her academic run at JSU.  Gibson, who will work with the Bulldogs’ sprinters, jumpers, hurdlers and relay teams, brings more than a decade of progressive experience to Drake following outstanding tenures at Tennessee State and Jacksonville State for six years prior, both as an assistant coach.  At Tennessee State, Gibson helped coach student-athletes to a total of four All-America honors and 18 individual conference titles. As a team, the Tigers captured three Ohio Valley Conference titles during her time in Nashville. Before joining the staff at TSU, she coached 12 conference champions at Jacksonville State and helped re-write the program’s record book as her pupils set 14 school records in five years.  Gibson has also helped cultivate student-athlete success off the oval as four of the Tennessee State student-athletes she coaches were named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams. At Jacksonville State, she recruited and mentored student-athletes that helped the program record a team grade point average of 3.0 or better for six-consecutive years.  “I am delighted today to announce the addition of Coach Asha Gibson to the Drake track and field staff and Bulldog family,” Carroll said. “Coach Gibson brings more than a decade of experience coaching at the Division I level and her record of success in coaching more than 30 conference champions will help us continue our program’s growth and student-athlete development.” Gibson received her undergraduate degree in 2008 in health education, graduating with Magna Cum Laude honors. She later received her master’s degree in 2013 in physical education with an emphasis in human performance. She is currently working towards her Doctorate of Education in educational leadership of higher education at Tennessee State. Print Friendly Version In her eleven years of coaching – five at TSU and six at JSU – she has successfully mentored numerous All-Americans, conference champions, NCAA regional qualifiers, NCAA qualifiers and school record holders. last_img