Sunday, August 28, 2011

Gibbs to Coach NHTI Women's Hoops

For the second time this month, a former Bishop Guertin coach has taken a college coaching position. First it was Tony Johnson, who built the school's football team into a dynasty, then took an assistant coaching position at St. Anselm's College. And now Kevin Gibbs has taken the women's basketball head coaching job at the New Hampshire Technical Institute (NHTI) after coaching the BG girls basketball team for the last 3 years.

"I was offered and accepted the women's head coaching position at NHTI" Gibbs told the NH Notebook. "I'm looking forward to working with Paul Hogan (the men's basketball coach at NHTI). He's been a NH basketball fixture for ages."

The BG girls went 3-15 in 2007-2008, the year before Gibbs took over. He then turned them into a playoff team, as they advanced to the Division I (Class L) quarterfinals each of the past 2 years. Before coaching the girls team, Gibbs was an assistant coach for the Guertin boys basketball team for 2 years, from 2006-2008. He has also coached on the AAU circuit since 1999, with the New England Crusaders (girls), New Hampshire Shooting Stars (girls) and New Hampshire Knicks (boys). With the Crusaders, Gibbs has coached alongside Kara Leary, who is a former captain at Notre Dame and is one of the area's most respected figures in girls/women's basketball.

The Cardinals are expected to be a top 5 team in D-I this winter. They return the majority the roster from last year's tournament team, including Gibbs' daughter Madison who is a junior wing player. But shortly after this past season ended Gibbs stepped down as coach, saying that his work responsibilities wouldn't allow him to coach the team any longer.

"I decided I didn't want to stay away from coaching" said Gibbs. "And this will be a great opportunity for me."

Earlier this summer Bishop Guertin hired former McDonald's All-American and current NH Rivals AAU coach Scott Hazelton to replace Gibbs.

Gibbs is focused on his future though, and that's at NHTI. The Concord school is a two-year community college, and their basketball programs compete in the Yankee Small College Conference.

"Our best returning player is Jess Hardiman (Merrimack Valley HS), who is the reigning conference Player of the Year" Gibbs explained. For incoming freshmen I know that Angela Pritzker (Plymouth HS), Sara Romano (Lebanon HS) and Kelley Collins (Groveton HS) are coming in."

The Lynx have won 4 conference titles in the last 8 years, including an undefeated conference season in 2007. Their first game of the 2011-2012 season, with new head coach Kevin Gibbs, is scheduled for November 8 vs. Nashua Community College.

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