FREDERICK, Md. - Chris Gibeau, who has coached swimmers to qualify for four consecutive Olympic Trials, has been named the head swim coach and director of aquatics at Hood College.
Gibeau, who replaces Don Feinberg, will assume his new role with the Blazers in March after the completion of the 2019-20 swim season with UMBC. Current interim head coach Ashley Gardner will guide Hood through the remainder of its season before resuming her position as the assistant coach and assistant director of aquatics.
"We are extremely excited to add Chris Gibeau to our coaching staff at Hood College," said Director of Athletics Dr. Susan Kolb. "Chris has experience and success at the highest levels of the sport on the national and international stage. We cannot wait to see what the future has in store for our swim programs under his leadership. His ties to Frederick with the Monocacy Aquatic Club earlier in his career should maintain and enhance our relationships in the local aquatics community."
In his 18th year at Division I UMBC, he has helped lead the Retrievers to 20 conference championships and 60 individual conference champions between the America East Conference and the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association. UMBC has been acknowledged with eight coaching staff of the year awards during his time on deck.
"I am humbled and honored to be named director of aquatics and women and men's head swim Coach," Gibeau said. "I would like to thank Hood President Dr. Andrea Chapdelaine and Director of Athletics Dr. Susan Kolb for entrusting me with this amazing opportunity. I look forward to beginning this new chapter in my career in early March and am excited to get to work with all the current and future Blazer swimming student-athletes along with the extremely dedicated and passionate Hood swimming and aquatic staff."
Gibeau coached three-time All-American Emily Escobedo, the Retrievers' first four-year NCAA qualifier. She and two-time qualifier Mohamed Hussein each reached the NCAA Championships under Gibeau's guidance. Escobedo was ranked as high as 12th in the world in 2017 in the 200-meter breaststroke and Hussein represented Egypt in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
A member of the 2017-18 US National Team coaching staff, Gibeau coached swimmers who have reached the 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020 Olympic Trials. He coached swimmers to FINA World Championship qualifiers in both 2010 and 2014 and Tonia Papapetrou swam for Cypress at the 2019 World University Games.
With the Retriever Aquatic Club, a USA Swim Club owned by UMBC, he served as the senior head coach for 11 years and has been the financial administrator since 2004.
After serving as an assistant at UMBC for three years, he was the head coach of the Monocacy Aquatic Club, which currently calls Hood's Huntsinger Aquatics Center home. While with MAC, Gibeau had several swimmers achieve NAG Top 16 consideration, as well as a number of Junior National and U.S. Open Qualifiers.
Gibeau spent nine years as a member of the Maryland Swimming Board of Directors, holding multiple positions during that time. He was selected as a Maryland Swimming All-Star Coach by his peers five years in a row and served as Head All-Star Coach for the team that competed in Buffalo, N.Y. in the summer of 2004.
An American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) Level 4 achievement Lifetime Member, Gibeau currently resides in Baltimore, Md.