Ian Gibson, a North Florida basketball alum, rejoined Matthew Driscoll’s staff as the Director of Basketball Operations as announced by the UNF basketball program. Gibson originally served in that role for the Ospreys from 2012-14.
“Before he left for professional advancement a couple seasons ago, Ian had a hand in helping our program to some of our recent success,” said Driscoll. “His dedication and commitment to excellence coupled with him gaining some new experiences has allowed us to welcome him back to the nest. Ian is not only an alum of UNF but also brings outstanding basketball knowledge with passion for helping young people obtain their goals. With him having been with us previously, he has an extensive understanding of how we operate which makes this transition seamless and efficient. With 11 of 13 players in the freshman/sophomore class, Ian’s knowledge can help them understand our culture without disruption. We are extremely excited to have Ian and his new bride Brittany back at UNF because they represent everything that’s right and make our program’s family atmosphere even stronger.”
Following his first stint with UNF, Gibson spent three seasons as an assistant coach for the men’s basketball program at Daytona State College. During his tenure, the Falcons compiled 71 victories and claimed three Mid-Florida Conference championships. DSC finished Top 4 in the state twice during his tenure and developed players that continued their collegiate careers at UCF, Lamar, Bowling Green, North Carolina Central, Longwood, Embry Riddle and Wingate.
During the 2016-17 season, Gibson was ranked 22nd among Florida JUCO assistant coaches, He helped mentor a pair of second-team JUCO All-Americans, two Mid-Florida Players of the Year and 15 all-conference honorees during his time at Daytona State.
“Sometimes life brings you back to a place you’ve been before just to show you how much you’ve grown,” Gibson stated. “Im excited for this opportunity to be coming back to my alma mater under the leadership of Coach Driscoll and the rest of the staff. Being a former athlete, I’m looking forward to building on the strength and success of the program. I’m overwhelmed with excitement and plans for the future.There is no limit to what can be accomplish with hard work, commitment, and passion. Once an Osprey always an Osprey.”
A four-year letterwinner at North Florida from 2005-09, Gibson joined the UNF staff for the first time after working as the assistant strength coach at the University of South Carolina (2011-12). He also was a graduate assistant coach at VCU during the Rams Final Four run in during the 2011 NCAA Tournament. In his role with the Ospreys, Gibson will assist with various administrative duties with primary oversight of the team’s academic development.
A guard for the Ospreys, Gibson battled injuries throughout his UNF playing career. When healthy, he was one of the team’s top defensive performers even leading the team and ranking eighth in the Atlantic Sun for steals during his sophomore campaign with 46 (1.6 spg). Gibson also excelled in the classroom garnering A-Sun All-Academic recognition in 2007-08.
Gibson earned his degree in criminal justice from North Florida in 2009 and began his coaching career as an assistant varsity coach at Monsignor Pace High School, his prep alma mater. A native of Miami, Gibson was a standout prep player at Monsignor Pace, earning all-district honors and helping lead his squad to the 2003 3A state title (31-5) and the state semifinals in 2004 (29-6). Gibson is married to the former Brittany Burton, who was a women’s basketball player in 2007-08 for UNF.