Jeremy Gibson is entering his fourth year as the Director of Athletics at Merrimack College in 2016-17.
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. The Athletic Department has added eight varsity teams in a five-year span, and has nearly tripled its number of club sports offered over that same span.
Merrimack’s Division I men’s and women’s ice hockey teams, meanwhile, continue to succeed at their respective levels, as the latter became the most recent addition to Merrimack's burgeoning lineup of varsity sports last fall.
During the 2015-16 academic year, Merrimack's athletic programs enjoyed one of the most successful seasons in school history. While an accomplishment standpoint, Carly Muscaro became the first student-athlete ever to win an individual national championship at the College, while four teams qualified for their respective NCAA Tournaments -- the most in seven years. The Athletic Department also saw 16 of its student-athletes named All-Americans -- five more than the previous year -- while its teams combined for nearly 200 wins and an overall winning percentage of over .520.
More impressively, Merrimack finished the year ranked 37th in the Learfield Directors' Cup Standings, its highest-ever finish since the award's inception in the early 1990s. The previous best finish for the department was a 73rd-place finish in 2014-15, meaning the school jumped 46 spots in the standings in the span of one year.
The field hockey team also made a run to the NCAA Tournament Championship and was an overtime goal away from becoming the first Merrimack College team to win a national title since the 1994 national championship-winning softball. The women's golf team, meanwhile, won the conference championship for the second straight season, while the track & field teams made history after five total student-athletes qualified for the NCAA Championships over the course of the year.
From an academic standpoint, 18 varsity programs recorded GPAs over 3.0, including six that cracked the 3.50 threshold. The women's basketball team and the women's indoor and outdoor track & field teams were named NE-10 Team Excellence Award winners, while both the men's and women's ice hockey teams led Hockey East with a combined eight Top Scholar-Athletes; the former led Hockey East with 19 all-academic selections, as well.
Merrimack was also ranked 16th nationwide in Division II Academic Success Rate with a 92-percent graduation rate (compared to the four-year nationwide average of 71 percent), while six student-athletes earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors, with two of them earning CoSIDA All-America awards.
Finally, Merrimack also finished fourth in the NE-10 Presidents' Cup standings for the third straight year in 2015-16; those three straight fourth-place finishes mark the department's highest finish in the league-wide, year-long race since 2004-05.
Merrimack continues to provide increased and equitable opportunities for its student-athletes, with more than 600 represented across campus. Those student-athletes have never had more resources to succeed thanks to an increase in faculty and support staff across campus.
Off the field, Gibson has spearheaded movements to add additional full-time coaching positions, additional administrative staff, and developed the Warrior Fund, which raised over $200,000 in its first year in 2014-15.
In conjunction with the College’s Augustinian mission for service, Merrimack’s partnership with Team IMPACT continues to thrive as the Warriors boast more matches (11) than any other university/college in the country.
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.