Aug. 1, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. – Oklahoma head track and field coach Martin Smith has announced the hiring of Marvin Gibson as an assistant coach. Gibson comes to OU after six seasons as an assistant at LSU.
"Coach Gibson's addition to our staff will bring an extremely high level of coaching expertise to our sprints, hurdles and relays,” Smith said. “This area has always been an integral part of the success our program has experienced over the years, and Coach Gibson's abilities will not only allow us to sustain this excellence but to build upon it.
“Perhaps one of the most exciting dimensions that Marvin will bring to Oklahoma is his experience and reputation as an extraordinarily skilled recruiter,” Smith added. “This recruiting component that Coach brings to the table will add a continued boost of competitive energy and passion as our team grows to the next level.”
In six years in Baton Rouge, Gibson assisted in coaching Olympic silver medalist Richard Thompson and 18 All-American athletes who earned a combined 74 All-America honors.
He also coached 10 NCAA champions, who won a combined 11 NCAA titles. Those athletes included Kelly Ann Baptiste (2008), Trindon Holliday (2009), Thompson (2008) and Xavier Carter (2006) and four NCAA champion relay teams. Carter became the first athlete since Jesse Owens in 1935 and 1936 to capture four national titles at a single Championships during the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Gibson coached 12 Southeastern Conference champions winning a combined 19 SEC titles and 20 of his athletes were named All-SEC a total of 66 times. He also helped coach seven athletes to current LSU school records.
“I'm thankful to Coach Smith for giving me this opportunity to work with the sprinters at the University of Oklahoma,” Gibson said. “I'm extremely excited to join the Sooner family.”
Gibson returned to his track roots as a volunteer assistant at LSU in 2005 after serving five years with the LSU Officials Association. He spent six years coaching at the high school level in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System and one year in the San Antonio Independent School District. During that time, Gibson also started the Louisiana Elite and the Baton Rouge YMCA Youth Track and Field development programs where he coached numerous athletes to All-America honors at the Junior Olympics.
A native of West Palm Beach, Fla., Gibson competed for LSU under former head coach Pat Henry in 1994-95 following a two-year stint at Long Beach City College, where he ran for head coach Ron Allice in 1992-93. Gibson graduated from LSU in 1996 with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology and currently holds a USATF Level II certification in sprints/hurdles.