Gibson Named Head Volleyball Coach

(Bradenton, Fla., May 22, 2007) - Manatee Community College (MCC) has named former assistant coach Lewis Gibson head coach of the women's volleyball team. Gibson has worked with MCC volleyball student-athletes since August 2006. Also media services coordinator for the college, he previously worked as a technology specialist and has been with MCC since November 2002.

Formerly a professional player/coach, Gibson and a partner won the co-ed doubles (A) division on a Pro Beach tour in 2003, and his doubles team tied for 12th place in a 36-team professional tour in 1986. Gibson has been a player/coach for numerous United States Volleyball Association teams.

Gibson was named a U.S. Navy League Outstanding Recruit and graduated first out of his class of 800. While serving in the U.S. Navy, he was named Most Valuable Player in a 1989 Northern Pacific (NORPAC) championship volleyball tournament in which his team came in second.

"Lewis Gibson enhances the depth of experience our coaches display in our athletic department. He also is committed to MCC's student-athlete concept which drives us to produce academic as well as athletic winners," said Dr. Don Bowman, vice president of student development and enrollment services.

Peter Boucher, MCC athletic director, said Gibson took the initiative to add Spring competition to the MCC volleyball schedule this past year for the first time in nearly a decade. MCC volleyball teams traditionally compete in the Fall season.

"Lewis wanted to keep our players competing all year long. He is a young man with  professional volleyball experience who is really passionate about coaching. Volleyball is a big part of his life," said Boucher.

A Bayshore High School graduate, Gibson is a Bradenton resident. While in the Navy, he earned a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from the State University of New York. He completed a program at Keiser College, Sarasota, in 2001 to become a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer.  

Gibson's goals for the MCC team are to improve players' fundamental skills and the team's win-loss record, and to ensure that his players meet high academic standards.

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