AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Augusta University men's basketball program has added Drew Gibson to the staff, as announced by head coach Dip Metress. Gibson, who was a former player and the Director of Basketball Operations at Wofford College, will serve as the top assistant coach for the Jaguars.
"When looking for an assistant there were four areas that we were looking to assess: player development, ability to scout, handling administrative details, and recruiting," Metress said. "Another important aspect was finding an assistant that played all four years at the same college and experienced success as a player and coach. This is often an anomaly in college athletics, but we have found our man with Drew Gibson. Drew brings a lot to the table and we are excited about him joining a basketball program that has advanced to the NCAA tournament in three of the last four years."
Gibson (Los Angeles, Calif.) was a four year starter for the Wofford Terriers basketball team from 2004-2008 and he joined the staff in 2014 as the Director of Basketball Operations.
"I am very excited to join the Jaguar family," Gibson said. "It is an honor to join a well-respected basketball program with a winning tradition that is second to none. I am thankful for the opportunity that coach Dip Metress and coach Clint Bryant have given me and I'm eager to learn and grow under both of them."
In his first season on staff at Wofford, Gibson was a part of the winningest season in program history. The Terriers went 28-7 and 16-2 in the Southern Conference (SoCon), winning the regular season title, the SoCon Tournament title, and earning a trip to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 12 seed. Along the way, the Terriers defeated NC State at historic Reynolds Coliseum, faced eventual national champion Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium, and faced eventual NIT champion, Stanford.
A four-year member of the Wofford men's basketball team (2004-08), Gibson returned to Spartanburg after spending the previous six years playing professionally overseas. He was most recently a member of UMF Tindastoll in Iceland, where he averaged 14.2 points, 6.9 assists and 1.6 steals through 17 games in 2012-13.
Gibson scored 1,027 points, recorded 507 assists and had 213 steals while at Wofford. His sophomore, junior and senior years, Gibson led the team in both categories. The Los Angeles native remains the program's NCAA Division I leader in both career assists and steals.
Gibson's six professional seasons included stints with UMF Tindastoll, AngraBasket in Portugal, Frankfurt Skyliners in Germany and MBK Kormano in Slovakia. His professional playing time was highlighted by the 2011-12 campaign, when he shot 60.4 percent and averaged 16.5 points, 3.6 assists and 2.0 steals in 22 games with AngraBasket. That season, he was named Second Team All-Proliga.
Gibson's collegiate career with Wofford was outstanding. He is the only Terrier to ever record 1,000-plus points, 500-plus assists and 200-plus steals. Gibson led the team in both assists and steals as a sophomore, junior and senior. His 66 steals in 2005-06 and 180 assists in 2007-08 rank top-10 in the program's single-season record books.
Gibson averaged 12.1 points, 6.0 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 steals on the way to being named First Team All-Southern Conference by the league's coaches his senior year. The season also included a SoCon Player of the Week selection after Gibson scored 17 points and hit the game-winning 3-pointer with four seconds left in a win over UNCG.
Gibson graduated from Wofford with a B.S. in finance in May of 2008. He is the son of Kevin and Floydette Gibson and his brother, Kyle, plays professional basketball in Italy.
About Augusta Men's Basketball
The Augusta University men's basketball team is led by head coach Dip Metress. On May 10, 2004, Metress was introduced as the fifth head coach in program history. He previously led the Belmont Abbey Crusaders (1996-04) and was an assistant for the Jaguars under now Director of Athletics Clint Bryant (1989-95). He has never had a losing season in his 14 seasons at the helm of the Jaguars. A two-time Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year, Metress and the Jags hosted five straight NCAA Regional Tournaments from 2007-11 and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight three seasons in a row. He was named the South Atlantic Coach of the Year in 2007, the Southeast Region Coach of the Year in 2009, and the NABC Southeast District Coach of the Year in 2011.
Augusta men's hoops has retired four numbers in its 52-year history: Ben Madgen (1), Keshun Sherrill (10), Tyrekus 'AJ' Bowman (23), and Keenan Mann (32). The Jaguars have reached the NCAA tournament 11 times and won their region three times.
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