When it came time for Jim Lear to retire right after serving for 23 decades in the monitor & discipline program and with the cross nation teams at Duquesne College, acquiring a successor was a snap.

Lear’s assistant, Jeff Gibson, has been ready for this chance all his everyday living it seemed.

Seeking for another person with faculty knowledge, Gibson has it not only at Duquesne but at Robert Morris, far too.

Gibson expended about 10 decades coaching under Mark Galley, then the Canon-McMillan head observe & subject coach. He acquired essential lessons as a mentor at Canon-McMillan about handling athletes and locating out what would make them tick.

Gibson’s employ the service of swiftly paid out dividends for the Dukes as he landed two key recruits – the two community – Amy Allen, a point out winner from South Fayette, and Maura Whaley, just one of the prime 400-meters runners in the point out, from Fort Cherry.

“Honestly, I did not have aspirations of turning out to be a head coach,” stated Gibson. “I sort of required to be the head cross country coach. Being a head observe mentor and cross region coach was not one particular of my very long-term goals.”

Gibson is a graduate of Neshannock Superior School, just on the outskirts of New Castle. He was the WPIAL winner in the 800 run in 1977 and aided Neshannock win back-to-back again condition cross country championships.

Gibson and his wife, Diane, who is the pole vault mentor at Canon-McMillan, have 5 little ones and each individual just one has lower a broad swath in their favored professions. Taryn is the head women’s observe coach at Yale College Kyle is the head coach of the keep track of group and cross state groups at Drury University in Springfield, Ill., and Nick is assistant keep track of and cross county mentor at Northwest Missouri Condition in Maryville, Mo.

Justin will work for a laptop or computer business in Philadelphia, and Jonathan is associate director of admissions at St. Francis.

Gibson said he would like to keep on the accomplishment Lear experienced at Duquesne. The Dukes women’s cross country group won the Atlantic 10 championship and the men’s crew concluded in the top five.

“The 1st purpose is to try to protect that title,” mentioned Gibson. “I want to retain the ball rolling and trying to keep up with what (Coach Lear) did. We have a ton of younger runners, specially for the men’s cross state group. We have to continue to keep absent from any COVID difficulties.”

Galley believes Duquesne created a fantastic go promoting Gibson.

“He was a good runner himself,” said Galley. “He was assistant coach to Rick Bell on the basketball workforce.

“He was a really very good coach, very inspired and received the most out of the crew. He was professional about the sport and realized what he wished to get accomplished and communicated that to the children.”

Gibson joined the Duquesne personnel after 4½ several years at Robert Morris, exactly where he served as interim cross region head coach in 2015 as properly as coached the length gatherings.