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Gibson Named Defensive Coordinator for Aggie Football

Released by Panhandle State Sports Information on 01/05/2018

Goodwell, Okla.—Oklahoma Panhandle State University and Aggie Athletics are pleased to announce Coach Le'Marcus Gibson as the new defensive coordinator for Aggie Football.

Gibson has been on staff since 2015 and served as the team's Defensive Backs Coach and Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the past two seasons. His promotion came in December as Coach Eric Daniels announced his intention to depart from the team. Daniels took over the Aggie defense in the spring of 2015 and hired Gibson as an assistant coach responsible for the defensive backs positions. During their tenure together, Daniels and Gibson collectively comprised one of the top-ranked defenses in the nation, finishing the 2017 season as the No. 6-ranked team for Total Defense among all NAIA Division I programs.

Head Coach Russell Gaskamp is excited to have Gibson at the defensive helm stating, "When the defensive coordinator position came open, I did not hesitate at all in promoting Coach Gib [Gibson] into the position. He is an outstanding young coach."

Originally from Starkville, Miss., Gibson started his coaching career while earning his Master's Degree from Grambling University. He served as Grambling's Defensive Graduate Assistant and Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach from 2014-2015. He then was hired on as the Safeties Coach at Nicholl's State University, where he coached through the fall of 2015. His playing portfolio includes one year at the University of Hawaii (2007), two years at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (2008-2009) and two years at the University of Louisiana Lafayette where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in 2011.

Coach Gibson will hit the ground running and is eager to get to work with the next defensive crew. When asked about his coaching philosophies and how he intends to raise the bar for his returners Gibson comments, "Raising the bar shouldn't be an issue, especially for the guys that are still here from that No. 6 defense because we never really reached the bar that was set last season of being a Top 5 team. Just that one spot can make a difference in whether or not you compete for a conference championship." He continues, "We will still be a disciplined, hard-nosed defense that wants to get after the opposing offense from the time we step off the bus. We want to be a defense that, every time you turn on the tape you say, "They play hard."

Focused on a championship-caliber team, Gibson feels the off-season is where true champions are created. "I will expect a higher level of commitment and dedication put into the off-season programs that the seniors from last season started, as well as players continuing to hold each other accountable. Two things that we will have to focus on as a defensive unit are: creating more turnovers to give our offense more opportunities to score, and eliminating costly penalties. Too many times last season teams were able to drive on us because of penalties and not because of scheme or talent."

Gibson intends to build on being a defense that plays every play, all four quarters recalling some highlights from 2017, "We blocked a field goal in just about every game and were a really good fourth-quarter defense. That showed the pride that our defense played with throughout last season." He added, "I also saw players having fun and I'd like to continue seeing that type of positive energy on the field and sidelines."

While Coach Gaskamp holds high expectations of Gibson and the Aggie Defense for 2018, he sees nothing but great things on the horizon, "I am very grateful to have Coach Gib on our staff and I think our guys will be very fired up about going to work every day under his leadership. The players on the team really respect him for his intensity, work ethic and energy and I'm hoping those qualities become contagious throughout the program."

Summing up his emotions on the next chapter in his coaching career Gibson concludes, "I'm excited for the opportunity and pray that I can continue to build on the success of the defense and foundation left by Coach Daniels."