Chris Gibeau is back for his seventh season as assistant coach. Prior to returning for his second stint with the Retrievers, Gibeau coached at the Monocacy Aquatic Club (MAC), where he served for two years as head age group coach and four years as head coach.
"It's exciting to be back," said Gibeau, who swam at UMBC from 1989-93. "People always talk about coming home because they are comfortable where they grew up. UMBC is where I'm comfortable."
While at MAC, Gibeau had several swimmers achieve National Age Group Top 16 consideration, as well as a number of Junior National and U.S. Open qualifiers. Under his guidance, MAC placed third in the inaugural Maryland LSC Swimming Championships in March 2003. In addition, Gibeau helped MAC double in size during his six-year tenure.
Prior to coaching with MAC, Gibeau spent three years as an assistant coach at UMBC and as age group coach with the Retriever Aquatic Club (RAC), where he helped lay the foundation for the future success of the men's and women's swimming programs. Since returning to UMBC, Gibeau has also picked up where he left off with RAC, serving as senior coach and guiding swimmers to the sectional and junior national levels.
“Chris has been a part of the program for so long,” UMBC head coach Chad Cradock said. “The athletes absolutely respect him. He relates extremely well to the athletes, and we couldn’t do it without him.”
Gibeau has been on the Maryland Swimming Board of Directors for the past nine years. He was selected as a Maryland All-Star Coach by his peers five years in a row, and he 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 3 lifetime member, Gibeau currently resides in Baltimore, Md.