After 3 years as the head women's basketball coach at NHTI, Kevin Gibbs is returning to coaching at the high school level. The former Bishop Guertin head coach has officially been hired on at Trinity. Gibbs takes over for Matt Courchesne, who coached the Pioneers for the past 2 years, including last year when they went 11-7 and advanced to the D-I quarterfinals.
Courchesne stepped down however, at the end of the season. Then word came out that Trinity's best player Amanda Torres was going prep, and transferring to Proctor Academy. Meanwhile Gibbs has been busy this spring / summer AAU season helping to coach the NE Crusaders, but he's found time to apply, interview for and then get hired as Trinity's new coach.
"I can say without hesitation that Paul Hogan (NHTI A.D. and men's basketball coach) is one of the best people I have ever worked for and with" Gibbs told the NH Notebook. "He runs the athletics department like an NCAA Div 3 program - everything is done top flight. His support and guidance during my time at the school was fantastic! I had the opportunity to coach some wonderful student-athletes. I was able to watch Jess Hardiman and Sara Romano score their 1000th point; saw Allura Leblanc get named Honorable Mention All American twice; enjoyed two 20 victory seasons; made the Yankee Small College Conference playoffs all three years, and advanced to the conference finals my second year. Just as importantly, I am leaving my former Assistant Coach and succession, Jen Fithian, with a great group of returning and incoming players; I wish them much success in the years ahead!"
As successful as Gibbs was at NHTI, he felt it was time to return to coaching high school ball.
"As much as I enjoyed being at NHTI it was difficult balancing work with all of the travel required as the NHTI coach" Gibbs explained. "I wasn't really looking to return to high school hoops, but when the Trinity job opened up I realized that it would be a great opportunity. The school possesses the environment, culture and student-athlete that I knew I would enjoy working with. I'm happy to say that the interviewing committee felt as I did - that it would be a good fit."
Gibbs is already looking forward to his new coaching opportunity at Trinity. Although Torres is transferring out, the Pioneers only graduate 1 senior off last year's quarterfinal squad. Players like Ashley Hill, Hope Willard, Shannon Roberge, Eireann Kolden and Elizabeth Graveline provide a strong core of returning players. Plus they have standout incoming sophomore Hannah Fabiano transferring in from Campbell.
"My new AD, Chip Polak, has been great in helping me get off the ground properly" said Gibbs, whose daughter Madison will be a sophomore for the Catholic University women's basketball team. "I've had the opportunity to meet a lot of the girls through summer league, and we'll be doing more together in the future in preparation for the winter. Although the transfer of Amanda Torres will be a big loss, we'll have a fantastic group of returning and incoming players and I'm confident we'll compete well in upcoming seasons."