Jamie Gibbs is his seventh season as the Head Wrestling Coach at Baldwin Wallace University in 2017-2018. He has elevated the Yellow Jacket program among the elite in Division III and at the same time his team is among the top academic squads in the country.
In his first six-plus seasons, Gibbs has rebuilt the program from the inside out with the last five seasons being among the best in school history. In those five seasons, he has an 84-21 record and an outstanding .800 winning percentage. His last four teams have been ranked in the Top-20 by the NWCA (National Wrestling Coaches Association), and a 21-1 OAC mark the past four years with three straight OAC titles. Gibbs has 140-71 career coaching mark.
This season, BW won its first-ever NVAA Division III Regional title (Central Region) and Gibbs was named as the Central Region Coach of the Year and his main assistant coach, Jason Zastrow, was tabbed as the Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year. Gibbs' team won the regional title by nearly 20 points and qualified nine of its 10 wrestlers for the 2018 NCAA Division III National Tournament at Cleveland's Public Auditorium on March 9-10.
In addition this season, Gibbs' team won its third straight OAC title, compiled a 19-2 overall and perfect 6-0 dual match recod and did not have a close match in conference action. The Yellow Jackets ended the regular season ranked sixth in the NWCA Div. III national poll. BW defeated five teams ranked in the Top-25 and its only two losses have come at the hands of teams ranked even higher! More history in 2017-18 awaits this outstanding group of 37 men and coaches at the regional and national tourneys.
A year ago, Gibbs' team compiled a school-record 22 wins and a 22-3 record, including a second straight undefeated mark in the OAC (5-0 in 2015-2016 and 6-0 this season), placed fifth at the NCAA Division III Duals, second at the Div. III Mideast Regional and 25th at the 2017 NCAA Division III National Tournament. His team was ranked eighth in the final NWCA Div. III national poll. And, he is the two-time OAC Coach of the Year. Four of his wrestlers competed at the national tourney with one earning All-American accolades.
In 2015-2016, Gibbs was the 2OAC Coach of the Year and led his team to its first OAC title since 1973. His squad had a then school-record 18 victories, an 18-8 overall and 5-0 OAC record, placed second at the Mideast Regional and 31st at the 2016 national tournament. Three BW wrestlers advanced to the national tournament with one earning Div. III All-America accolades. In addition, his team received a NWCA National Team Academic Award for its fine 3.14 overall team grade point average. A BW-record seven grapplers were named to the NWCA Scholar All-America team.
In 2014-2015, Gibbs led his team to a then record 17 wins, a 17-5 overall and 4-1 OAC record, a sixth place finish at the Mideast Regional and a 20th-place finish at the Div. III National Tournament. Three wrestlers advanced to the national tourney and two earned Div. III All-America accolades. In addition, four student-athletes were named to the NWCA Scholar All-America team. BW finished 20th in the final NWCA poll.
In 2013-2014, Gibbs and his program took a major step forward with an an 8-3 dual match record. He also had three of his wrestlers qualify for the 2014 Div. III national tourney, and two earned Div. III All-American status. In addition, three grapplers were named to the NWCA Scholar All-America team. BW also was ranked 22nd in the final NWCA Division III poll. It was BW's first Top-25 ranking since 2007.
The Goals of the Yellow Jacket Wrestling Program
"Our goals are to have the best record in the OAC during its dual match season and to qualify as many young men as possible to the NCAA Tournament by competing well at the NCAA Regional Tournament," said Gibbs. "We are very pleased with our progress so far.
"Along the way, we, as a coaching staff, want to work with the young men in our program to help them to excell academically and athletically," continued Gibbs. "We work hard every day to build a larger roster with a solid group of veteran leaders who are great role models for our younger team members. Our long-term goal is to win a national championship."
Gibbs Has Been a Successful Coach Throughoit His Career
Coach Gibbs came to BW after serving as the head wrestling coach at NCAA Division II the University of North Carolina at Pembroke for five seasons. While at UNC-Pembrooke, he rebuilt the wrestling program into one of the most respected in Division II.
He mentored seven NCAA Division II All-Americans and eight student-athletes to the Division II Scholar All-America team. Overall, sixteen of his student-athletes made appearances at the NCAA Division II National Championship Tournament. Gibbs' teams compiled a 51-40 dual meet record and was ranked as high as sixth in the nation and placed sixth at the prestigious Division II Duals. In addition, his team tied for 17th at the 2011 NCAA Division II National Championship tourney.
Prior to UNC-Pembrooke, Gibbs served as an assistant coach at Coe College in Iowa for four years and as a graduate assistant coach at the UW-Lacrosse. Both of the teams are traditional powerhouses in NCAA Division III.
In two seasons as a collegiate competitor at Coe, Gibbs was a an All-Iowa Conference wrestler and a two-year starter and captain. Prior to Coe, he attended Iowa Central Community College and was a national qualifier and a NWCA Scholar All-American. Gibbs received an associate degree from Iowa Central C.C., a Bachelor of Arts degree from Coe and a Master of Science degree in exercise sports science from the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse.
The Gibbs Family
Jamie and his wife, Jana, have two sons, Bodey and Kaden, and reside in North Ridgeville.