Greg Gibbons enters his fourth season at the helm of the Pacific beach volleyball program after completing his sixth leading the indoor program.
In 2014, Gibbons was named Co-WCC Coach of the Year and became the first Tiger skipper to earn the top honor since legendary head coach John Dunning was named Big West Coach of the Year after the 2000 season. Gibbons led his team to its best record since the 2001 season as Pacific posted its second 20+ win season under the fifth-year head coach. Picked to finish seventh in the WCC, the Tigers went on a tear through the conference, losing just five matches to take home a second place finish just behind BYU who captured the title. Gibbons' 2014 squad proved to be one of the best defensive teams in the country as Pacific finished the year ranked No. 10 in the nation in opponent hitting percentage by allowing a measly .145 average against. Of 31 opponents on the year, the Tigers held 11 to sub-.100 hitting and five to .000 or worse. Guided by Gibbons, the Tigers put five players on the All-WCC teams, marking the most postseason honors for the Tigers since placing six on the All-Big West team in 2007. In addition, Gibbons coached senior Gillian Howard to the Tigers' first All-American honor in over a decade.
The ascent into the upper-echelon of the WCC came just a year after Gibbons led the Tigers to a 7-11 mark in their new home after nearly 30 years as members of the Big West. In the first year in the WCC, Gibbons led the Tigers to a 15-15 overall record despite setbacks throughout the year. The highlight of the 2013 season for the Tigers was a record-setting win over St. Francis (PA) to open the year as well as an upset of No. 14 Michigan State and their fourth-straight Bankers Classic title. Gibbons and the Tigers picked up their first-ever WCC victory on Sept. 19, when they beat Gonzaga, 3-1, at the Alex G. Spanos Center.
After two seasons of pushing the Tigers back on track, Gibbons led Pacific to its first 20+ win season in over a decade as the Tigers went 20-11 in 2012. Among those 20 wins was a 12-1 non-conference record that marked Pacific's best non-conference record since the 1999 season, the last season the Tigers' were ranked No. 1 in the country. Throughout the year, the Tigers showed brilliance and resilience as Pacific won three of four pre-conference tournaments and also set an NCAA record for five-set matches with 14, in which the Tigers were 9-5 on the year.
Prior to the Tigers' 2012 season, Gibbons led the Tigers to a 37-23 overall record in his first two seasons of work. Overall, Gibbons has led Pacific to three straight Bankers Classic titles as the Tigers are undefeated under Gibbons at their home tournament.
Individually, Gibbons helped guide the Tigers to eight all-conference awards with Pacific placing a pair on the All-Big West postseason teams in 2012. Additionally, Gibbons guided Svenja Engelhardt to her finest collegiate season in 2010, her senior season, as the Tigers' top hitter earned all-region and all-conference honors in her final year.
Prior to Pacific, Gibbons spent four seasons at UC Santa Barbara, including his final two as associate head coach. He was the primary recruiter for the Gauchos and was involved in all facets of running the program.
With extensive experience at the collegiate, club, and USA Volleyball levels, Gibbons will bring an outstanding coaching background to the Tiger program.
In two of his four years at UC Santa Barbara, Gibbons helped lead the program to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances and 66 victories. The Gauchos were 19-12 in his first season and had a 22-win season in 2009. In his time at UCSB, he coached two All-Americans, three All-Region players, 10 All-Big West players and six All-Freshman players.
Gibbons went 41-29 as the head coach at Cal Lutheran University from 2003-05, leading the Regales to an 18-3 mark, a conference championship and a final NCAA Division III national ranking of No. 18 his final season. He guided CLU to the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title in 2005, while mentoring a First Team AVCA All-American, Mo Coverdale. In 2004, Cal Lutheran finished with a West Region ranking of 7th and was ranked as high as No. 25 in the national poll.
In 2008, Gibbons took over the Santa Barbara Volleyball Club as director and head coach. In 2009 Gibbons took the SBVC to the bronze medal at the Junior Olympics and a No. 3 national ranking. Prior to his time in Santa Barbara, Gibbons emerged as an outstanding club coach. He was the co-director and coach of the Los Angeles-based Sports Shack Volleyball Club from 2004-07. In the 2005 season he was named Club Coach of the Year while leading the under-15 team to a fifth-place finish at Nationals while his under-18 team won the Volleyball Festival National Championship. In 2006, his under-16 team captured the regional title.
From 2004-06 Gibbons also served as head coach of the Southern California Volleyball Association Youth National Team based in Anaheim, coaching the region's top girls players that placed third at the Global World Championships in Salt Lake City in 2005.
In addition, Gibbons was Coordinator of Volleyball Affairs with the Pepperdine University men's program from 2003-05, analyzing game film and handling administrative responsibilities for the perennially-powerful Waves. In his time in Malibu (2003-06) Gibbons was part of a program that won a national title (2005), was the national title runner-up (2003) and also played in a Final Four (2004).
Previously, Gibbons served as head boys and girls volleyball coach at both Westlake High School (2000-03) and was the head boys coach at Moorpark High School (1997-99) while also gaining experience with several Ventura County-based club programs.
Gibbons is a 1997 graduate of Iowa State University, where he earned a B.S. in psychology and in 2009 earned his Master's degree in adult education from the University of Phoenix. At Iowa State he played on the Cyclones' nationally ranked club volleyball team, ranking as high as third in 1997.
He married Emily Cochran in December of 2005, and the couple has two sons, Max and Ryan, and a daughter, Charlotte.