Chris Gibeau returns for his 18th season as assistant coach at UMBC. In his twenty four years, Gibeau has had swimmers achieve National Age Group Top 16 consideration and multiple NCAA “B” qualifying standards, and he has coached numerous Junior National, US Open and Senior National and World Championship athletes. In addition, two of his swimmers qualified for and competed at the 2008 USA Swimming Olympic Trials held in Omaha, Neb. with additional swimmers qualifying and competing at the 2012 and 2016 editions. In 2016, Emily Escobedo place 10th in the 200 Meter Breaststroke.
During his second stint on the Retrievers’ staff, UMBC has won 20 conference championships between the Men and Women in both the CCSA and America East Conference. Gibeau has also overseen over 60 Individual Conference Champions and been a part of 7 Coaching Staff of the Year awards.
In addition to the team success, Gibeau oversaw Emily Escobedo, who became the first Retriever swimmer to compete at the NCAA Championships all four years of their career. Additionally, Escobedo became the first Retriever swimmer to achieve All American status with a 2015 Honorable Mention All-American in the 200 Breaststroke, 2016 Honorable Mention All-American in the 100 Breaststroke and All-American in the 200 Breaststroke, 2017 Honorable Mention All-American in the 200 Individual Medley and 100 Breaststroke and All-American in the 200 Breaststroke. In 2016, Emily place 3rd at the NCAA Championships in the 200 Breaststroke and repeated the feat in 2017. During the summer of 2017, Gibeau guided Emily to a top 12 world ranking and top 3 national ranking in the 200 Meter Breaststroke, earning Emily a spot on the USA Swimming National team for 2017-2018 and Gibeau earning National Team Coach status for the 17’-18’ season.
Prior to his return to UMBC in 2004, Gibeau had a six-year stint with the Monocacy Aquatic Club, including two years as head age group coach and four as the team’s head coach. 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.
“UMBC is home.” Gibeau said. “This is where my coaching career began and it was nice to return to where I have spent so many years as an athlete as well.” Gibeau swam for UMBC from 1989-93.
Before his time with MAC, Gibeau spent three years as an assistant coach at UMBC and as age group coach with the Retriever Aquatic Club, where he helped lay the foundation for the future success of the men’s and women’s swimming programs.
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.