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Welcome to the Team: LBCC hires new head women’s basketball coach

Jerod Gibson will be LBCC’s next Head Women’s Basketball Coach.

Gibson spent the last five years with Pacific University’s men’s basketball and was the interim head men’s basketball coach this past season. At LBCC, he succeeds Debbie Herrold, who coached the team the past two seasons.

LBCC’s Athletics Department announced Gibson’s appointment on May 1.

“We are excited to welcome Jerod to the Athletic Team. He’s from this area and knows it well. We think he is going to do a great job serving our students and in being a good role model for our athletes. Jerod is great, he’s been awesome and we’re looking forward to having him,” said Leslie Hammond, dean of Student Engagement at LBCC.

As an assistant coach, Gibson also spent eight seasons at Western Oregon University. His duties included running the defense and guard development while also serving as the Wolve’s recruiting coordinator. His work, specializing on the floor working with post players, helped keep the Wolves competitive within the NCAA Division II men’s national basketball conference.

“I have fond memories of my time as a student here at LBCC and having the opportunity to return home and lead the women’s basketball program is exciting for me and my family,” said Gibson. “I would like to thank the search committee, especially Leslie Hammond, dean of Student Engagement and Randy Falk, athletics director, for the opportunity to be part of the continued success of the Roadrunner Athletics Department.”

Gibson earned his bachelor of arts degree in Psychology in 2004 from Portland State University. Gibson is a Corvallis native who graduated from Corvallis High School in 1997 and is an LBCC alumnus.

Five immediate goals Gibson has for the program are:
1. To create a culture within our group where open and honest communication is the standard. And commitment, hard work and good attitudes are respected.
2. For faculty, the student body and administration to respect our players through their behavior and attitudes that are demonstrated on a daily basis.
3. To finish over .500
4. To make the NWAC Playoffs.
5. For every player to graduate.

“Jerod is a great hire for Linn-Benton,” Falk said. “Jerod brings with him great coaching experience. In addition, his Oregon ties will be a tremendous recruiting asset.”

Gibson is still working on finalizing the team’s schedule, but they will have their first league game on Jan. 3.

At a Glance:

Other positions held:
Beaverton High School Assistant Coach
Portland State University Assistant Coach
Portland’s Roosevelt High School Assistant Coach
Corvallis High School Assistant Coach
Larry Steele’s and Cascade Basketball Camp Director and Coach

Family: Sabrina Gibson (wife), Riley Gibson (son, 5), Presley Gibson (daughter, 1)
Favorite Movie: “Band of Brothers” or just about anything with Denzel Washington in it.
Favorite Sound: Ocean waves
Desire: Travel the world and experience different cultures and lifestyles.
Hero: “I have several mentors that I look up to and hold both of my parents in high esteem.”
Favorite quote: “The best thing a father can do for his children, is to love their mother.”

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