One of the winningest coaches in UW-La Crosse history is retiring in August.
The university announced Monday that Barb Gibson is retiring on August 12.
Assistant head coach Kasey Crawford was named as the interim coach for Eagles gymnastics for the 2016-17 season.
Gibson has coached at UW-L for the past 31 seasons with long record of success. The gymnastics team won its second straight National Collegiate gymnastics Association (NCGA) in March. Overall, Gibson led the Eagles to 17 national titles during her tenure, an NCGA record. 12 of those came in the past 16 years.
She also was named NCGA Coach of the Year six times while at UW-L.
Gibson also coached the Eagles to the 2016 WIAC title, the 23rd championship in school history. It's the 18th conference title in the past 23 seasons, and 20th overall during her 31 year coaching career at the university.
“After 38 memorable years of teaching and coaching, including 31 incredible years at UWL, I have decided it is time for me to move on and retire,” said Gibson. “I have been so blessed to have the unconditional support and love of my husband Mark and our three children, Kelli, Kyle and Katherine throughout my coaching career. They have been amazing fans of UWL and especially UWL gymnastics. I’m looking forward to more leisure time with family, grandchildren, friends and volunteer opportunities.“
“Barb’s passion, guidance, expertise, and love for her student-athletes are evident in everything she does,” said UW-L Director of Athletics Kim Blum. “The devotion Barb has for the sport of gymnastics and for her gymnasts, has resulted in the tightest knit group of alumni I have ever witnessed in sport, a true testament to the impact she has had on her student-athletes over the last 31 years.”
Blum said Assistant head coach Kasey Crawford was named as the interim coach for Eagles gymnastics for the 2016-17 season.