LEXINGTON, Va. – Jim Gibson accepted the head wrestling coach position at the Virginia Military Institute, the school announced Friday afternoon.
Gibson, who has served as an assistant coach at Bucknell since the summer of 2012, will take the reins of a Keydet program that finished seventh at the 2018 Southern Conference Championship and placed two grapplers on the podium.
"I'm so happy for Coach Gibson," said Bucknell head coach Dan Wirnsberger. "This is a great opportunity for him, and there is no doubt he will put a positive stamp on the VMI program. He has been a fantastic mentor and coach to our Bison wrestlers for the past six years, and we will miss him. I wish him and his family the best as he takes the next step in his professional career."
During Gibson's time in Lewisburg, a total of eight Bison combined to earn 19 NCAA bids and 15 combined to place on the EIWA podium 29 times. Bucknell finished as high as third at the EIWA Championships, earning that spot in both 2015 and 2016.
The Bison also posted a 58-53 dual record, stringing together three-straight winning seasons from 2014-15 to 2016-2017. In 2014-15, they went 15-4 and earned their highest national ranking, checking in at No. 22.
A 2007 graduate of Edinboro with a degree in health and physical education, Gibson was a member of two teams that finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships. He captured a 2007 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference title, earned a silver medal in 2005 and finished in the top five in the Eastern Wrestling League twice, including a runner-up showing as a senior.
Following his collegiate career, Gibson wrestled at the senior and international levels. In addition to qualifying for the World Team Trials in 2009, he was champion of the 2009 Northeast Regional Qualifier and a fourth-place finisher at the same event in 2008. He also finished in the top eight at the 2008 U.S. National Championships Challenge Tournament, qualifying for the 16-man U.S. National Championships.
Gibson began his coaching career at Clarion as a graduate assistant coach and also served as a volunteer assistant. During his time with the Golden Eagles, which began in July 2007, the program produced two All-Americans, 11 NCAA qualifiers, six PSAC champions, three EWL gold medal winners and four Academic All-Americans.
The full release from VMI can be read here.