Alex Gibby enters his third season as associate head coach of Harvard track and field/cross country in 2019-20.
In Gibby's second season as the primary cross country coach, he led the Crimson to unparalleled success. The men's team placed second at cross country Ivy League heps, while combining for the lowest Crimson team score since 1969. Coach Gibby mentored five student athletes to All-Ivy league honors. For their performances at Ivy League heps, Kieran Tuntivate, Hugo Milner, Lisa Tertsch and Abbe Goldstein each earned first team honors, while Will Battershill was named to the second team. The selection of two male runners (Tuntivate and Milner) to the All-Ivy First Team was a first since 1978, and helping two women to the team (Tertsch and Goldstein) happened for just the second time since 1978. Tertsch, Tunivate and Milner all qualified for the National Championships under Gibby's tutelage. Gibby has also led the distance squad to new heights on the track. During his second season, Gibby helped earn six Ivy League Heps titles from three athletes: Kieran Tuntivate captured the indoor 3000m and 5000m, Anna Juul won the outdoor 1500m and Lisa Tertsch was a three-time Ivy champion in the indoor 5000m, the outdoor 5000m and the outdoor 10,000m. Furthermore, Gibby helped three athletes to break outdoor track records: Kieran Tuntivate set the new 10,000m mark (28:45.61), Will Battershill put his name in the record books in the steeplechase (8:44.36) and Lisa Tertsch set a record of her own in the 5000m (16:03.15). Gibby also led two distance athletes to the Outdoor NCAAs Final Round, Anna Juul (1500m) and Will Battershill (steeplechase) scoring points on the national leaderboard for the Crimson.
In his first season, both the Harvard men's and women's cross country teams earned USTFCCCA Team All-Academic Awards for maintaining team GPAs above 3.0. In fact, the Harvard men (3.5) and Harvard women (3.65) had the highest team GPAs in the Ivy League. In addition, Hugo Milner also earned All-Ivy League and All-Region honors.
While with the 49ers, Gibby’s athletes combined to set school records in the 600m, 800m, 1000m, 3000m, 5000m, and 10000m with 52 appearances on the All-Time Top 10 list. Six athletes advanced to the NCAA first round in the past two years highlighted by Caroline Sang’s NCAA Finals appearance in 2017. Sang placed 8th in the Women’s 10000m earning 1st Team All-American honors and becoming the first Charlotte distance runner to score at the NCAA Final round. Sang also earned 2nd Team honors in the 5000m.
Prior to his time at Charlotte, Gibby served as head coach for the men’s cross country program at the University of Michigan for four seasons (2010-2013). Running in the competitive Big Ten Conference, the Wolverines had great success under Gibby's direction. He led the men's cross country program to a pair of Big Ten Conference runner-up finishes in 2012 and 2013 as well as the 2013 NCAA Great Lakes Region team title. He was named the 2013 Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year. The Wolverines also qualified for the NCAA Cross Country Championships as a team in each season from 2011-13, finishing in the top 25 on all three occasions. Overall, he guided teams at Michigan and William and Mary to the NCAA Cross Country Championships in 10 of 11 years from 2003-2013.
Individually at Michigan, he led ten runners to All-Big Ten accolades, including two first-team performers. Under his direction, Mason Ferlic became Michigan's first All-American in cross country since 2004, as the sophomore finished 22nd overall at the NCAA's.
In addition to cross country, Gibby also coached distance runners on the track. In his four seasons with the Wolverines, he helped guide 14 student-athletes to the NCAA East Preliminary Round, two to the NCAA Indoor Championships and five to NCAA Outdoor Championship appearances. This list included Craig Forys who would place 2nd in the 2012 NCAA Finals in the 3000m Steeplechase and Mason Ferlic who would place 4th in the 2014 NCAA Finals in the same discipline. Along with the success on the track, Michigan was strong in the classroom as twenty-one cross country student-athletes earned Academic All-Big Ten honors and one runner was named to the Capital One Academic All-District V first-team.
Prior to his arrival in Ann Arbor, Gibby spent seven years (2003-10) as the head coach of the William and Mary men's cross country and track and field programs. In his time with the Tribe, he was honored as the Southeast Region Coach of the Year three times (2005, '08 and '09) as he led his team to regional titles all three seasons. He helped guide his student-athletes to nine All-American citations, including six in cross country, as William and Mary made seven straight national cross country team appearances. The Tribe finished fifth at the 2009 NCAA Cross Country National Championships and eighth in 2006, while averaging 10th in the country over a four-year period (2006-2009).
Before his time at William & Mary, Gibby spent three years at Stephen F. Austin University in Texas where he helped guide the men's and women's cross country and track programs to four team titles along with 18 individual conference championships.
Gibby earned his start in coaching as an assistant coach at William and Mary from 1997-99, guiding W&M to three straight top-13 NCAA finishes in cross country. Gibby earned his undergraduate degree from William and Mary in 1997. He ran track and cross country for the Tribe earning four All-CAA honors, including a conference championship in the 5,000 meters, along with being a member of two NCAA-qualifying cross country squads in 1994 and 1995.
Gibby and Newberry have two children, Anson and Cora. Newberry has represented the United States in five World Cross Country Championships, at the 2011 IAAF World Track and Field Championships in the marathon, and competed in the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Trials in the 10,000m and the 5,000m at the 2004 Trials. Gibby and Newberry were inducted into the 2017 William & Mary Hall of Fame.
He will be joined by his wife, Kathy Newberry, who will serve as a volunteer coach. Gibby and Newberry come to Harvard from Charlotte, where Gibby served as head coach of the cross country program for the past three seasons. Newberry served as the head coach for William and Mary's women's cross country and track programs for five seasons (2005-10), guiding her teams to 10 CAA titles, including five in cross country.