The University of Regina announced Monday that Mike Gibson, a coach with extensive experience at both the professional and collegiate levels, has been named the head coach of the Rams football program.
Gibson has been an assistant coach in the Canadian Football League for the past 10 seasons, including last year as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for the expansion Ottawa REDBLACKS. Prior to that, he was with the Calgary Stampeders for three seasons - as a running backs coach during the 2011 campaign and as an offensive line coach in both 2012 and 2013.
“Our entire club is extremely proud to have Mike Gibson as our head coach," Rams president Dean Picton said. "Mike is an impressive and energetic person who is passionate about coaching football and has great coaching experiences both in the NCAA and the CFL. We all feel very fortunate that Mike has come to the University of Regina Rams to lead our young men. His hiring shows that our entire program is committed to excellence in the classroom, on the football field, and in our community.”
Gibson is already familiar with Regina, having been an offensive line coach with the Saskatchewan Roughriders for two seasons including their Grey Cup-winning 2007 campaign. He also had two-season stints with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2005-2006) and Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2009-2010), serving as the offensive line coach and offensive coordinator at both stops. His first coaching position in the CFL came during the 2001 season with the Blue Bombers.
He also has over two decades of NCAA experience at the Div. I level, most recently at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he was an offensive line coach for the Ragin' Cajuns during the 2002, 2003, and 2004 seasons. Gibson has also coached at Boston University, Rice, Temple, Colgate, and Rutgers.
Gibson earned his Bachelor of Arts in political science from Western Maryland College - now known as McDaniel College - where he was a three-year starter at centre for the Green Terror.
The search committee was chaired by Kinesiology & Health Studies dean Harold Riemer and also included Chris Briltz, Kim Dorsch, Brian Eltom, Aadon Fieger, and Sarah Hodges. The selection of Gibson as head coach was unanimously approved by the Regina Rams Board of Directors on Saturday.
Gibson officially assumes his duties as head coach on Jan. 1. He becomes just the second head coach of the Rams since the program made the jump to the CIS level prior to the 1999 season.