by Ed Beach
Drury University Vice President & Director of Athletics Corey Bray announced Kyle Gibson as the next head coach for Drury’s track & field and cross country programs. Gibson will guide both the men’s and women’s teams for each sport.
“After an extensive search I am excited to announce Kyle Gibson as our new head coach for the men’s and women’s cross country and track & field programs,” said Bray. “During his career as an assistant coach, he proved himself to be a good recruiter, most recently here in the Midwest, and an effective distance coach at three different institutions. Now he is ready to lead his own program, and we are confident that our student-athletes will thrive academically and athletically under his leadership. Drury fans, please join me in welcoming Kyle to the Panthers family!”
Gibson completed his third season as the assistant track & field and cross country coach at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas in 2018-19. On the cross country staff, he served as a coach for two All-Americans, four national qualifiers, five all-region selections, and one conference champion. Gibson helped the men’s cross country program to an NCAA Regional appearance and a 10th place finish in only their third year of existence. With the track & field program, he mentored two All-Americans, eight provisional NCAA qualifiers, four MIAA champions, 21 conference scorers, a pair of Academic All-Americans, and one USATF Junior National qualifier.
Before he arrived at Washburn, Gibson was as an assistant coach at Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina and was the interim head coach throughout one summer. During his time at the NCAA-II program, Belmont Abbey experienced their largest recruiting class in five years, and he helped coach four individual conference champions including the Conference Carolinas Track & Field Most Valuable Performer in the 2015 Indoor championships.
Gibson also spent two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at Saint Francis (Pa.) where he was part of the 2013 Northeast Conference Outdoor Track & Field Coaching Staff of the Year for the NCAA-I program. Gibson helped the women’s outdoor squad to a second-place finish in the conference and assisted the men’s cross country team to their third-place in the NEC, an improvement of six spots from the previous year.
“I want to thank Corey Bray for giving me this exciting opportunity to join the Drury University family!” said Gibson. “There’s a tremendous amount of potential in this track & field and cross country program. I’m eager to build a winning culture focused on being great as teammates, athletes, students, and people.”
A student-athlete at Saint Francis, Gibson’s indoor distance medley relay team won a conference championship in 2011. He was also part of a school-record performance in the outdoor 4×1500 meter relay, and he had a third-place finish in the mile run during the indoor conference championships in 2010.