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Schedule

Wrestling
FINAL
Sun
Nov 03
Virginia Military Institute
VMI
Southeast Open
Roanoke, Va.
Wrestling
FINAL
Sat
Nov 09
Virginia Military Institute
VMI
American University Round Robin w/Maryland
Washington, D.C.
Wrestling
FINAL
Sat
Nov 16
Franklin & Marshall
Franklin & Marshall
19
Virginia Military Institute
VMI
Lexington, Va.
17
Wrestling
FINAL
Sat
Nov 16
Davidson
Davidson
15
Virginia Military Institute
VMI
Lexington, Va.
28
Wrestling
All Day
Sun
Nov 24
Virginia Military Institute
VMI
Keystone Classic
Philadelphia, Pa.
Wrestling
12:00 PM
Fri
Dec 06
Virginia Military Institute
VMI
George Mason
George Mason
Fairfax, Va.
Wrestling
3:00 PM
Fri
Dec 06
Virginia Military Institute
VMI
LIU
LIU
Fairfax, Va.
Wrestling
TBA
Sun
Dec 22
Virginia Military Institute
VMI
Hofstra
Hofstra
Morgantown, W. Va.
Wrestling
TBA
Sun
Dec 22
Virginia Military Institute
VMI
Edinboro
Edinboro
Morgantown, W. Va.
Wrestling
2:00 PM
Sun
Dec 22
Virginia Military Institute
VMI
West Virginia
West Virginia
Morgantown, W. Va.
Wrestling
All Day
Wed
Jan 01
Virginia Military Institute
VMI
Southern Scuffle
Chattanooga, Tenn.
Wrestling
11:00 AM
Fri
Jan 10
California Baptist
California Baptist
Virginia Military Institute
VMI
Lexington, Va.
Wrestling
1:00 PM
Fri
Jan 10
Clarion
Clarion
Virginia Military Institute
VMI
Lexington, Va.
Wrestling
3:00 PM
Fri
Jan 10
Cleveland State
Cleveland State
Virginia Military Institute
VMI
Lexington, Va.
Wrestling
2:00 PM
Sun
Jan 12
Virginia Military Institute
VMI
Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
Fairfield, Conn.
Wrestling
1:00 PM
Sat
Jan 18
Virginia Military Institute
VMI
Virginia
Virginia
Charlottesville, Va.
Wrestling
12:00 PM
Sun
Jan 19
Chattanooga
Chattanooga
Virginia Military Institute
VMI
Lexington, Va.
Wrestling
All Day
Sat
Jan 25
Virginia Military Institute
VMI
All-Academy Championships
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Wrestling
7:00 PM
Fri
Feb 07
Virginia Military Institute
VMI
Bloomsburg University
Bloomsburg University
Bloomsburg, Pa.
Wrestling
7:30 PM
Fri
Feb 14
Gardner-Webb
Gardner-Webb
Virginia Military Institute
VMI
Lexington, Va.
Wrestling
4:00 PM
Sat
Feb 15
Campbell
Campbell
Virginia Military Institute
VMI
Lexington, Va.
Wrestling Coaching Staff
Jim Gibson
Head Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Head Coach
Phone: 540-464-7059
Email: gibsonjm@vmi.edu

Jim Gibson recently completed his first season as head coach of the VMI wrestling program after taking the reins in March of 2018.

VMI finished the 2018-19 regular season in fourth place in the Southern Conference standings with a 3-3 record, the program’s best league mark since the 2006-07 campaign.  The Keydets defeated Davidson, Gardner-Webb and The Citadel in dual-meet action. Red-shirt junior Neal Richards had one of the best seasons in program history. He was a five-time Southern Conference Wrestler of the Week, and the conference’s regular-season Wrestler of the Year and tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler, earning a trip to NCAA Division I Championship competition.

Gibson came to the Institute by way of Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, where he served the past six years as the head assistant wrestling coach and recruiting coordinator for the Bison. On top of coaching, Gibson was tasked with scouting and evaluating prospective student-athletes across the country, developing a competitive schedule every year, managing team travel and accommodations, and overseeing and determining the best use of the program’s financial aid and scholarship budget.

In addition, Gibson monitored the academic standards and progress of the team’s 35 student-athletes, planned and implemented on- and off-campus recruiting activities, aided the regulation of the team’s yearly operating budget and cultivated potential donors to assist in reaching the team’s yearly fundraising goals.

Gibson helped coach the 2014-15 Bison wrestling squad that went 15-4, reaching its highest ever national ranking at No. 22 and setting Bucknell’s record for single season dual meet wins. The team placed third at the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association championship in both 2015 and 2016.

Other highlights from Gibson’s time at Bucknell include three nationally ranked All-Academic teams (2014-16), 26 EIWA place-winners and the program’s 100 percent Graduation Success Rate for three consecutive years. Since 2015 Gibson has served as the co-owner and director of the Bison System Wrestling Camp in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, overseeing its daily operations, managing funds and directing 20 camp counselors and four clinicians.

Gibson began his coaching tenure at Clarion as a graduate assistant coach from 2007 to 2012 for a program that produced two All-Americans, 11 NCAA qualifiers, six PSAC champions, three EWL gold medal winners and four Academic All-Americans. The Golden Eagles placed 18th at the 2012 NCAA Championship.

A four-year starter at Edinboro University in Edinboro, Pennsylvania, Gibson qualified for the NCAA Championships as a senior in 2007 after earning an Eastern Wrestling League runner-up finish at 197 pounds and was a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference champion. He started at the 197-pound weight class on two NCAA Top 10 teams while at Edinboro.

After college, Gibson qualified for the 2009 world team trials and was the champion of the 2009 Northeast Regional qualifier. In 2008 he placed fourth at the Northeast Regional qualifier and finished in the top eight at the 2008 U.S. National Championship’s Challenge Tournament to qualify for the 16-man U.S. National Championships.

Gibson graduated from Edinboro in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education with a concentration in health promotion. He went on to earn his master's in education with an emphasis in athletic coaching from Clarion in 2009.

He married his wife, Sarah, in May 2009. The couple has one son, James.

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