John Gibson
John Gibson
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 413-748-3170
Email: jgibson@springfieldcollege.edu
Year: 20th Season
John Gibson, a native of London, England, enters his 20th season as head women's soccer coach and full professor of physical education at Springfield College in the fall of 2019. 

Gibson has led the Pride to the NCAA Division III Championships Tournament in six of the last nine seasons and eight times in the last 12 years, establishing the Pride as one of the top programs in the country. His clubs have registered an impressive 247-107-40 record.

Establishing itself as one of the best teams in the region, the Pride claimed its fourth-straight NEWMAC Championship in 2015, as Springfield College became the first team in conference history to emerge from the conference tournament advancing through all stages via penalty-kick shootouts. From there, the Pride has won back-to-back ECAC Division III Championships, making it six-consecutive seasons that Springfield College women's soccer has finished the season with a championship trophy.

In 2019, Springfield College had one of the best statistical seasons in program history, as the Pride returned to the NEWMAC Championship game for the 10th time in the last 11 seasons behind the play of freshman Kaleigh Dale and Sara Swetland. Dale, who was named the NEWMAC Women's Soccer Rookie of the Year, became the first student-athlete in program history to reach the 20-goal plateau in a single season, while Swetland broke the single-season record for assists with 12. 

Before coming to Springfield College, Gibson spent six years as a tenured senior lecturer in the department of physical education and sport science at the University College of St. Mark and St. John in Plymouth, England. He also has taught at Marshall University, the University of Dayton, and The Ohio State University. Gibson was the men's soccer coach at Marshall University for five seasons (1989-93) and was the Southern Conference Coach of the Year in 1990.

Gibson is a 1977 graduate of St. Luke's College in Exeter, Devon, England where he earned his degree in physical education. He received his master’s degree in physical education at Marshall in 1985 and Ph.D. in philosophy of sport at Ohio State in 1989. He is also a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and the recipient of the NSCAA Advanced National Diploma in 1986.

Coaching Highlights

  • Has led the Springfield College women’s soccer program to seven NEWMAC Championships, including five out of the last nine, to go along with eight trips to the NCAA Championship Tournament.
  • Coached six All-Americans, including the first repeat All-America selection, Vicky DiNatale, who was honored in both 2012 and 2013, and his most recent All-America selection, Bri Messier, in 2016.
  • Has been named the NEWMAC Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year six times, including three-straight years from 2010-2012.
  • Holds a career record of 280-164-52, and earned his 200th-career victory at Springfield College in 2015.
Gibson's Career Coaching Record

YEAR

WINS

LOSSES

TIES

TEAM

1989 7 10 3 Marshall
1990 9 10 2 Marshall
1991 9 9 4 Marshall
1992 3 13 2 Marshall
1993 5 15 1 Marshall
2000 13 5 2 Springfield
2001 14 6 1 Springfield
2002 8 10 0 Springfield
2003 9 8 2 Springfield
2004 6 9 3 Springfield
2005 14 5 3 Springfield
2006 14 6 0 Springfield
2007 16 3 1 Springfield
2008 16 4 2 Springfield
2009 12 5 3 Springfield
2010 15 5 0 Springfield
2011 15 4 2 Springfield
2012 13 5 2 Springfield
2013 13 5 3 Springfield
2014 13 4 4 Springfield
2015 11 6 5 Springfield
2016 14 5 4 Springfield
2017 16 6 2 Springfield
2018 15 6 1 Springfield
Totals 280 164 52 .617 Winning %