Chris Gibeau returns for his 18th season as assistant coach at UMBC and senior coach of the Retriever Aquatic Club (RAC). In his past 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. In addition, two of his swimmers qualified for and competed at the 2008 USA Swimming Olympic Trials held in Omaha, Neb. with another swimmer qualifying and competing at the 2012 edition.
During his second stint on the Retrievers’ staff, UMBC has won 15 conference championships with the latest coming this past season, when the men rejoined the America East and captured their 10th conference title.
In 2012-13, the men scored a meet record 1,075 points for their ninth America East title in ten years. Prior to the championships, the Retriever men recorded just the second-ever undefeated dual meet season in school history.
In addition to the team success, Gibeau oversaw Mohamed Hussein become just the third Retriever, and first male to advance to the NCAA Championships.
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. Under his guidance, MAC placed third in the inaugural Maryland Swimming LSC Championships in March of 2003. In addition, Gibeau helped the MAC double in size during his tenure.
“Its good to be back at UMBC”, Gibeau said. “This is where my coaching career began and it was nice to return to where I have spent so many years.” 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.