|Title:||Director of Athletics|
Jeremy Gibson enters his second year as the Director of Athletics at Merrimack College.
Gibson, a member of the College’s Senior Leadership team, is charged with leading and overseeing Merrimack’s athletic programs, employees, and operations.
Under Gibson’s leadership and guidance, Merrimack continues to operate as one of the top Division II programs in the region, now offering 22 Division II varsity sports (24 overall) and an emerging club sport program entering the 2014-15 academic year. Merrimack’s Division I men’s and women’s ice hockey teams, meanwhile, continue to succeed at their respective levels, with the latter gaining traction toward its first varsity season in 2015-16.
In Gibson’s first year in North Andover, Merrimack finished fourth in the Northeast-10 President’s Cup Standings, its highest finish in over ten years. Meanwhile, Merrimack’s 535 student-athletes posted an average grade-point-average over 3.0 for the ninth straight semester, as the women’s basketball and men’s hockey programs recorded the top team GPAs in their conferences. Four Merrimack teams reached the NCAA Tournament, along with two individual qualifiers, while 10 of 14 teams which accumulate a win-loss record posted winning seasons. Merrimack also had two conference championships from men’s and women’s tennis, and program-best seasons from women’s cross country, women’s tennis, women’s track and field, men’s track and field, and women’s crew.
Off the playing field, Gibson spearheaded movements to provide increased opportunities for women’s student-athletes, added additional administrative and full-time coaching positions, and developed the Warrior Fund, aimed to improve Merrimack’s fundraising and support efforts.
The former Senior Associate Athletic Director at Harvard University and a member of the Harvard athletic department since 1997, Gibson began his duties at Merrimack on July 1, 2013.
Working in the Harvard athletic department since 1997, Gibson was formerly a senior manager for the largest and oldest Division I athletic program in the country. At Harvard, Gibson’s responsibilities spanned oversight of the department’s alumni relations and stewardship efforts, club sport, intramural and recreation programs, event management and facility operations. Additionally, Gibson had sport oversight of many varsity programs, including men’s and women’s ice hockey.
Gibson brings with him depth of experience and a unique understanding of the importance of athletics and the distinct role it plays in supporting the mission of the College and advancing its strategic plan.
Gibson served on numerous committees including the NCAA Lacrosse Championship Local Organizing Committee, ECAC Hockey Executive Committee (Chair) and has served as the Ivy League administrator for a variety of sports. He has also participated on a number of committees at Harvard beyond athletics, supporting issues ranging from campus master planning, human resources strategy, commencement and reunion planning, academic advising and community relations.
A Bowdoin College graduate with a bachelor’s in psychology, Gibson resides in Andover with his wife, Julee, and sons, Brian and Teddy.