Gibson, Some Other Former WVU Coaches Find New Jobs
Former WVU defensive coordinator Tony Gibson has a new gig, and it’s one that will bring him back to Mountaineer Field on Sept. 14.
Gibson, who has spent a total 13 seasons as an assistant coach at West Virginia, the past five of which he was WVU’s defensive coordinator, has been hired as the co-defensive coordinator, as well as the safeties coach, at North Carolina State.
The Wolfpack make the trip to Morgantown this fall for game three of the 2019 season. Gibson has been on the West Virginia side of the Mountaineer Field from 2001-07 and again from 2013-18. He was on the visitor’s sideline one other time, as he was the secondary coach at Pitt in 2011.
“I’m excited that Tony Gibson will now be a part of our program,” said N.C. State head coach Dave Doeren. “He brings a wealth of experience as a defensive backs coach, a defensive coordinator and as a strong recruiter and mentor. He’s known for getting his players to play hard and has a great reputation not only with his former players but with the high schools where he’s recruited.”
A 23-year coaching vet, Gibson comes to the Wolfpack after his second stint at West Virginia, where he has served as associate head coach for the past three seasons, defensive coordinator for the past five seasons and has coached linebackers (2014-18) and safeties (2013). A native of Van, W.Va., Gibson also previously coached safeties at Arizona (2012), defensive backs at Michigan (2008-10), cornerbacks at West Virginia (2001-07), defensive backs at Cumberland University (1997-98) and defensive backs at Glenville State College (1996).
“I would like to thank coach Dave Doeren and the administration at North Carolina State University for giving me the opportunity to join this great coaching staff,” said Gibson. “I have admired the accomplishments that Coach Doeren and his staff have achieved in the ACC as well as the rich tradition of NC State for years and I am truly excited to be a part of the mission of bringing a championship to Raleigh. 1Pack1Goal!”
Gibson will join an N.C. State defensive staff that has been led the past six years by Dave Huxtable, who serves as the Wolfpack’s defensive coordinator and linebacker coach. Huxtable was also the D.C. at Pitt in 2012.
The move of Gibson and his wife Kerry to Raleigh will also take them closer to their daughter, Ashton, a WVU alum who moved to Raleigh early last fall. The Gibsons also have a son, Cody, who is on the football staff at Illinois.
Tony is one of five assistant coaches from West Virginia’s 2018 squad who have now found employment. Besides former offensive coordinator Jake Spavital, who is now the head coach at Texas State, three others are following Dana Holgorsen to the University of Houston. Marquel Blackwell, who oversaw running backs for the Mountaineers, will be the quarterback coach and co-offensive coordinator for the Cougars. Doug Belk will be the cornerback coach and co-defensive coordinator at Houston, and Tyron Carrier, a UH grad and Houston native, will be the receivers coach and assistant head coach at his alma mater. In addition, former Mountaineer receiver Daikiel Short, who worked as an intern in WVU’s football program this past year, will serve as the director of player development at Houston. West Virginia’s former director of player personnel, Ryan Dorchester, will be an assistant athletic director for football operations at UH. In addition, former WVU offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson, who has spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach at Southern Miss, has been hired by Holgorsen at Houston to serve in an offensive coaching role that hasn’t yet been announced. Brandon Jones, who spent the past two seasons at Texas Tech, will be the offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator for UH.
Less than two weeks after Holgorsen’s departure from West Virginia, half of his previous Mountaineers assistant coaches have new jobs, but five others are still looking. Those who have not obtained a new coaching position yet are Joe Wickline (offensive line), Dan Gerberry (tight ends), Matt Caponi (safeties), Mark Scott (linebackers and special teams) and Bruce Tall (defensive line).