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Craig Gibson
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamMercer
ConferenceSoCon
Record556–384
Biographical details
BornMacon, Georgia
Alma materMercer University '86
Playing career
1983–1986Mercer
Position(s)First base
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1987–1988Mercer (asst.)
1994–2003Mercer (asst.)
2004–presentMercer
Head coaching record
Overall556–384
TournamentsNCAA: 1–8
A-Sun: 12–15
SoCon: 17–7
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
A-Sun: 2013, 2017
A-Sun Tournament: 2010
SoCon: 2015, 2016, 2017
SoCon Tournament: 2015, 2019
Awards
A-Sun Coach of the Year (2013)
Georgia Dugout Club Division I Coach of the Year (2010)
SoCon Coach of the Year (2015, 2017)

Craig Gibson is an American college baseball coach and former first baseman. He is the head baseball coach at Mercer University since the start of the 2004 season. Under Gibson, Mercer has appeared in its first two NCAA Tournaments. A Macon native, Gibson is a Mercer alumnus and played baseball for the Bears from 1983–1986, winning a conference player of the year award as a junior.[1][2][3][4]

Coaching career

After he completed his playing career and undergraduate degree at Mercer in 1986, Gibson spent the next two seasons as an assistant coach at Mercer while earning his graduate degree. He left after the 1988 season and spent the next six years as a high school coach in South Florida. He returned to Mercer as an assistant for the 1994 season.[1]

After a ten-year stint as a Mercer assistant in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Gibson succeeded Barry Myers as the Bears' head coach for the start of the 2004 season. For his first two seasons, Link Jarrett, who would later coach against Gibson in the Southern Conference as UNC Greensboro, served as one of Gibson's assistants. The Bears made their first postseason appearance under Gibson in 2006, when they finished 3rd in the Atlantic Sun Conference (A-Sun) to qualify for the A-Sun Tournament. As the second seed (second-place North Florida was ineligible), Mercer went 2–2. They defeated East Tennessee State in the opening game, then lost to Stetson, 6–5 in extra innings, in their second. In the losers bracket, the Bears knocked out top-seeded Jacksonville, before being eliminated with another one-run loss to Stetson.[1][2][5][6][7]

Mercer made three more A-Sun Tournament appearances from 2007–2009 before reaching its first NCAA Tournament in 2010. At the A-Sun Tournament, Gibson's team went 4–0 to win the conference's automatic bid, defeating East Tennessee State and Jacksonville two times each. Gibson, said of the win, "It’s an unbelievable feeling to win here and to be going to the NCAA Tournament. It’s about those 27 guys that care for each other, love each other and play hard for each other. It’s the best group I’ve had, as far as chemistry goes. I’m really proud of them." As the third seed in the Atlanta Regional, Mercer went 1–2. They were shut out by Georgia Tech in the opener, then defeated Elon before being eliminated by Alabama. The Bears returned to the NCAA Tournament in 2013 and went 0–2 in the Starkville Regional. Gibson was named the 2013 A-Sun Coach of the Year, and Kendall Rogers of Perfect Game named him a rising college coach after the season.[2][5][8][9][10]

Gibson's players have received many individual honors during his tenure, including major conference awards. Third baseman Chesny Young was named A-Sun Rookie of the Year in 2012 and Player of the Year in 2013. Shortstop Michael Massi was the 2014 Defensive Player of the Year. Between 2004–2014, 14 Mercer players were taken in the Major League Baseball Draft. Cory Gearrin, taken in the fourth round in 2007 Major League Baseball Draft, played for the Atlanta Braves from 2011–2013.[6][10][11][12][13][14][15]

Head coaching record

Below is a table of Gibson's yearly records as a collegiate head baseball coach.[1][5][6][16]

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Mercer (Atlantic Sun Conference) (2004–2015)
2004 Mercer 20–35 8–22 11th
2005 Mercer 28–26 12–18 T-9th
2006 Mercer 34–26 19–11 3rd A-Sun Tournament
2007 Mercer 33–25 17–10 2nd A-Sun Tournament
2008 Mercer 24–33 17–16 T-5th A-Sun Tournament
2009 Mercer 23–23 12–15 8th A-Sun Tournament
2010 Mercer 38–24 16–11 2nd NCAA Regional
2011 Mercer 39–20 17–12 4th A-Sun Tournament
2012 Mercer 38–21 15–12 T-4th A-Sun Tournament
2013 Mercer 43–18 20–7 1st NCAA Regional
2014 Mercer 38–17 18–9 2nd A-Sun Tournament
Mercer (Southern Conference) (2015–present)
2015 Mercer 35–22 16–7 1st NCAA Regional
2016 Mercer 38–23 16–8 1st SoCon Tournament
2017 Mercer 39–17 17–6 1st SoCon Tournament
2018 Mercer 38–22 11–13 T-5th SoCon Tournament
2019 Mercer 35–29 14–10 T-3rd NCAA Regional
2020 Mercer 13–3 0–0 Season canceled due to COVID-19
Mercer: 556–384 245–187
Total: 556–384

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Craig Gibson". MercerBears.com. Mercer Athletic Media Relations. Archived from the original on July 4, 2014. Retrieved July 3, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b c Pope, Bobby (May 20, 2013). "Gibson Takes Mercer Baseball to Next Level". Macon.com. The Telegraph. Archived from the original on July 4, 2014. Retrieved July 3, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Farnum, Amy (April 28, 2011). "New Bats? No Problem for Mercer". NCAA.com. Archived from the original on July 4, 2014. Retrieved July 3, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Gibson Earns 350th Career Win". 13WMAZ.com. Mercer Athletic Media Relations. April 20, 2014. Archived from the original on July 4, 2014. Retrieved July 3, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ a b c "2014 Mercer Bears Baseball Media Guide". MercerBears.com. Mercer Athletic Media Relations. Archived from the original on July 4, 2014. Retrieved July 3, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ a b c "2013 Atlantic Sun Conference Baseball Record Book" (PDF). AtlanticSun.org. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 4, 2014. Retrieved July 3, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Link Jarrett Named Assistant Baseball Coach at East Carolina". ECUPirates.com. East Carolina Athletic Media Relations. July 27, 2005. Archived from the original on July 4, 2014. Retrieved July 4, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Sorenson, Eric (May 29, 2010). "Mercer Bearpiles!". CollegeBaseballToday.com. Archived from the original on July 4, 2014. Retrieved July 3, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Rogers, Kendall (August 6, 2013). "Rising College Coaches". PerfectGame.org. Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved July 3, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ a b "Young, Gibson, Barker Headline Mercer A-Sun Postseason Honors". MercerBears.com. Mercer Athletic Media Relations. May 21, 2013. Archived from the original on July 4, 2014. Retrieved July 3, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "NKU Baseball Trio Named All-Atlantic Sun". NKUNorse.com. Northern Kentucky Sports Information. May 20, 2014. Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved July 3, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ Ryan, Sean (February 4, 2014). "Mercer Sold on Young". CollegeBaseballInsider.com. Archived from the original on July 4, 2014. Retrieved July 3, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "MLB Amateur Draft Picks Who Came from "Mercer"". Baseball-Reference.com. Archived from the original on July 4, 2014. Retrieved July 3, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "Rhea County's Gearrin to Join Atlanta Braves Bullpen". TimesFreePress.com. April 22, 2011. Archived from the original on July 4, 2014. Retrieved July 4, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ Wiedmer, Mark (February 13, 2014). "Wiedmer: Gearrin Isn't Only One Ready for Spring ... Training". TimesFreePress.com. Archived from the original on July 4, 2014. Retrieved July 4, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ "2014 Atlantic Sun Conference Baseball Standings". D1Baseball.com. Jeremy and Cynthia Mills. Archived from the original on July 4, 2014. Retrieved July 4, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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