St. Mary's City, Md. – St. Mary's College of Maryland Director of Athletics and Recreation Scott Devine announced Friday morning the resignation of Crystal Gibson as the St. Mary's head women's basketball coach and the athletic department's Senior Woman Administrator. Gibson's departure ends a six-year run at the helm of the Seahawks.
The Owings Mills, Maryland native is leaving the coaching ranks to become the Associate Director of Athletics at Susquehanna University (Selinsgrove, Pa.) of the Landmark Conference. Gibson will begin her new position on July 17.
"Speaking on behalf of our department, Crystal will be greatly missed by our staff and student-athletes. Her contributions went well beyond serving as head women's basketball coach," expressed Devine. "In her roles as Senior Woman Administrator (SWA), Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Advisor, and Athletic Department Management Team Member, Crystal's impact was felt throughout our entire operation.
"She was involved with coordinating numerous student-athlete community service initiatives, as well as assisting with our in-game athletic communications efforts. Crystal also left her mark on Capital Athletic Conference business, attending every league meeting in her SWA capacity."
During her tenure at St. Mary's, Gibson guided the Seahawks to five consecutive appearances in the highly competitive Capital Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Championship Tournament while mentoring five players to eight conference honors. Kerri Kline '18 gained CAC Rookie of the Year honors in 2015 while Nina Haller '17 garnered a First Team All-CAC award, the first such selection for the program since 2002-03.
Devine added, "While I am sad to see Crystal leave St. Mary's College, I am happy for her landing the associate athletic director position at Susquehanna. This is a positive step in her career path, and will help prepare Crystal for leadership and management opportunities within college athletics. I thank Crystal for the many positive contributions that she has made to our women's basketball program, to our athletic department, and to St. Mary's College. I wish her nothing but the best in her new position."
She just completed a two-year term as the chair of the CAC Women's Basketball Committee and currently holds professional memberships in the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).
Gibson stated, "St. Mary's has been and will always be a very special place for me personally and professionally. My time here as the head of the women's basketball program has been remarkable; the student-athletes I have had the opportunity to coach and mentor, the coaching staff I've been able to learn and grow along side of, and the support staff who have always shown great pride in everything will be the toughest to leave."
Gibson served as the senior woman administrator since the 2012-13 academic year and joined the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee as an advisor in 2015, helping to revamp current community service initiatives and implementing new ones such as Hot Dog Days. She also brought programming which featured women in leadership roles to provide positive role models to our female student-athletes.
"St. Mary's offered the opportunity to grow as a leader, bringing me to this opportunity to become the Associate Athletic Director at Susquehanna University. While it is going to be hard to leave the St. Mary's community, I know I will always have their support as I venture into the next chapter of my professional plan," continued Gibson.
Gibson was just selected to participate in the 2017 NCAA Pathway Program, a yearlong program which provides an unprecedented opportunity to gain insight into every facet of an athletics department, preparing them to become well-rounded leaders who are equipped with the tools an effective athletics director needs.
A national search for the Seahawk women's basketball program's 14th head coach will begin shortly with the goal of having someone named by mid- to late-August.