Men's Track and Field Announces 2012 Recruiting Class
Alex Gibby is in his fourth season as assistant coach for the University of Michigan men's track and field team and also serves as the men's cross country head coach for the Wolverines.
During the 2013 season, Gibby guided two 5,000-meter runners to All-America second team honors during the indoor season, including Dan Lowry and Bobby Aprill, who also clocked the top two 5,000-meter times in program history, respectively. On the outdoor track, Gibby directed redshirt freshman Mason Ferlic to All-America second team accolades in his first NCAA Championship appearance.
Under Gibby's direction, Craig Forys captured the 2012 Big Ten 3,000-meter steeplechase title and a runner-up finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Forys' conference-winning time also earned him a spot at the U.S. Olympic Trials, where he advanced to the finals.
In Gibby's first year in 2011, he made an immediate impact, guiding Forys, to All-America second team honors at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
In his three seasons at the helm of Michigan's distance program, Gibby has guided nine student-athletes to the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds, two to the NCAA Indoor Championships and three to NCAA Outdoor Championship appearances.
Prior to arriving in Ann Arbor, Gibby served as head coach of the men's cross country and track and field programs at William & Mary from 2003-2010. During his tenure, William & Mary registered four straight top-16 finishes at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, captured three NCAA Southeast Region and seven Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) cross country titles, and placed second or better at five CAA Track and Field Championships, including a win in 2004.
In the fall of 2010, Gibby was honored as Southeast Region Coach of the Year for the third time in his career (2005, '08, '09) after leading the Tribe to fifth place at the NCAA Championships (the second-best showing in William & Mary program history) and leading three individuals to All-America honors. He was a seven-time CAA Coach of the Year recipient.
Gibby guided his William & Mary student-athletes to nine NCAA All-America honors, including six in cross country, as well as six CAA Athlete of the Year accolades and 39 individual CAA titles. Seven of Gibby's runners have represented the United States in international competition; most notably Dave Mock, who captured gold at the 2007 NACAC Junior Cross Country Championships, and Ed Moran, a two-time World Cross Country Championships competitor (2008, '09), who won the 5,000-meter gold at the 2007 Pan-American Games, and, most recently, won his first-ever road title at the USA Men's 10K Championships.
Prior to his appointment at William & Mary, Gibby guided the Stephen F. Austin men's and women's cross country and track programs from 2000-03, leading the Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks to four team titles and 18 individual conference championships. In 2002, he was named the Southland Conference Men's and Women's Coach of the Year after his teams competed an unprecedented sweep of both the team and individual cross country championships. He earned his start in coaching as an assistant at William & Mary (from 1997-99), contributing to the Tribe's three straight top-13 NCAA finishes.
Gibby graduated from William & Mary in 1997 and was a four-time All-CAA honoree in cross country and track. In addition, he was a CAA champion in the 5,000-meter run, an IC4A qualifier in the 5,000 and 10,000-meter runs, an All-East selection in the 10,000-meter run and an NCAA provisional qualifier in the 10,000-meter run. He was also a member of two NCAA-qualifying cross country squads in 1994 (18th) and 1995 (17th).
Gibby was married to Kathy Newberry in the summer of 2005. Newberry served as head coach for William and Mary's women's cross country and track programs for five seasons (2005-10), guiding her teams to 10 CAA titles, including five in cross country, while garnering seven CAA Coach of the Year awards. She has represented the United States in five World Cross Country Championships, finishing a career-best 24th at the 2008 event, and a year later, serving as the U.S. team captain. On the track, Newberry competed in the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Trials at 10,000 meters; she also contested the 5,000m at the 2004 Trials.