PIPPA PASSES - Alice Lloyd College is saying goodbye to head men's basketball coach Gary Gibson as he decides to step down from a long career of service to the institution.
“I have been directly associated with Alice Lloyd College for a long time, first as a student and then as an employee,” Gibson confided.
Gary Gibson was an Alice Lloyd College (formerly Caney Junior College) student from 1974-1976 and then went on to earn his degree at the University of Kentucky as a Caney Scholar. In 1979, Gibson joined ALC as the women's head basketball coach, instructor, dorm director and director of community programs. Gibson led the Lady Eagles for five years until his transfer to the newly established June Buchanan School where he began the boys' basketball program from infancy. He left the Crusaders after four years to explore the head coaching job at Whitesburg High School. Gibson returned to the campus of Alice Lloyd College in 1993 to serve eight more years as coach of the JBS boys' basketball team and seven years with the ALC men's squad.
“I would like to thank the administrators who gave me the opportunity to pursue my dream of service to others through the coaching and teaching profession,” said Gibson. “I would also like to thank all of those I have worked with during my 24 years of service ALC and JBS - students and student athletes, co-workers, parents, and friends. I cherish the memories that we share together. I would also like to thank my wife Madeline and daughter, Lyn, for their continued support throughout my coaching career.”
Gibson represented the core values of Alice Lloyd College and helped to instill in each of his students and players a sense of service and character. Those are the principles that he himself valued.
“Sometimes in our lives we meet special people who truly are committed to what they do,” commented ALC Dean of Students Scott Cornett. “That is Coach Gary Gibson. He was a father figure to his players, bringing not only a wealth of knowledge about the game, but teaching them about the game of life. Even though he is leaving the coaching profession, he will remain a part of ALC history forever.”