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Tony Gibson enters his first season as secondary coach and pass defense coordinator at Pitt.

While he is new to Pittsburgh, Gibson is very familiar with Western Pennsylvania recruiting circles and the Big East Conference. He actively recruited the region while on the staffs at Michigan (2008-10) and Big East member West Virginia (2001-07) over the past decade.

Gibson served as the assistant head coach and defensive backs coach at Michigan the past three years. He added special teams coordinator to his duties in 2010. During his time in Ann Arbor he oversaw the development of first-team All-Big Ten cornerback Donovan Warren.

As defensive backs coach at West Virginia, Gibson produced eight All-Big East performers and had six of his players selected in the NFL Draft. His secondary standouts at WVU included first team All-American Adam Jones, who played with the Cincinnati Bengals this past season.

The Mountaineers won or shared four Big East titles during Gibson's time in Morgantown, capturing BCS bowl victories following the 2005 (Sugar Bowl) and 2007 (Fiesta Bowl) seasons. In addition to coaching defensive backs, he also coordinated West Virginia's recruiting efforts in 2007.

Gibson himself played defensive back at Glenville State, where under coach Rich Rodriguez he helped the team claim two West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) championships. He would go on to serve on Rodriguez's staffs at Glenville, WVU and Michigan.

After earning his bachelor's degree from Glenville State in 1994, Gibson was the head coach and interim athletic director at Gilmer County (W.Va.) High School. He then joined Rodriguez's staff at Glenville State as the defensive backs coach and also worked with the kickoff teams for the 1996 season.

In 1997 and '98, Gibson worked at Cumberland (Tenn.) University, coordinating the program's special teams and recruitment in addition to mentoring the team's defensive backs. His career then carried him to West Virginia Tech, where he spent two seasons as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator (1999-2000).

Gibson and his wife Kerry have two children, son Cody and daughter Ashton.


Born: October 12, 1972

Hometown: Van, W.Va.

Alma Mater: Glenville State, 1994

Family: Gibson and his wife Kerry have two children: son Cody and daughter Ashton.



Glenville State (W.Va.), 1996, defensive backs.

Cumberland University (Tenn.), 1997-98, defensive backs, special teams coordinator, recruiting coordinator.

West Virginia Tech, 1999-2000, assistant head coach & defensive coordinator.

West Virginia, 2001-07, defensive backs; 2007, recruiting coordinator.

Michigan, 2008-10, assistant head coach & secondary; 2010, special teams coordinator.

Pittsburgh, 2011, secondary & pass defense coordinator.

High School

Gilmer County (W.Va.), 1995, head coach.


2002, Continental Tire Bowl (West Virginia)

2003, Gator Bowl (West Virginia)

2004, Gator Bowl (West Virginia)

2005, Sugar Bowl (West Virginia)

2006, Gator Bowl (West Virginia)

2007, Fiesta Bowl (West Virginia)

Tony Gibson

Tony  Gibson

Van, W.Va.

Pass Defense Coordinator, Secondary

Alma Mater:
Glenville State, 1994

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