LeDawn Gibson is entering her seventh season as head coach of the FAMU Women’s Basketball Program, looking forward to her 100th career win as a collegiate coach and the elusive Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title.
In six seasons, Gibson has compiled a 97-84 record overall, while posting a 57-39 record in MEAC play. Gibson’s 97 wins are the third most wins ever by a FAMU coach in their first six years at the helm.
LEDAWN GIBSON – BY THE NUMBERS at FAMU Year Overall Conference Highlights 2013-14 17-14 10-6 #4 Tournament seed; reached quarterfinals 2012-13 11-19 8-8 2011-12 22-8 14-2 #2 Tournament seed; reached semifinals 2010-11 15-15 9-7 2009-10 18-11 9-7 2008-09 14-17 7-9 #7 seed reached MEAC Tourney semifinals CAREER 97-84 57-39
HIGHLIGHTS AND NOTES: @ Gibson in her six seasons has produced two MEAC Players of the Year: guard Jasmine Grice (2014); forward Antonia Bennett (2012), and the 2012 MEAC Defensive Player of the Year in forward Qiana Donald.
@ Grice led NCAA Division One in steals with 119 in 2013-14, becoming the third (3rd) Lady Rattler to lead the nation in that category, and the fourth all-time to finish with at least 100 steals.
@ Grice also led the MEAC in scoring (25.9 ppg), and played the 2013-14 campaign as a graduate student, having received her degree in the Spring of 2013.
@ The 2012 team, which won 22 games and compiled a 14-game win streak at one stretch (3rd longest in school history), saw all three members of the senior class: Antonia Bennett, Tameka McKelton and Qiana Donald, all graduate in four (4) years in the Spring of 2012.
@ Gibson’s teams have acquitted themselves well in non-conference play during her tenure, with road victories at the University of Florida and South Florida, and a home victory over the University of Alabama.
Scintillating success as a prep coach... The former head girls basketball coach at nationally-regarded Winter Haven (Fla.) High School,Gibson led the Blue Devils for 12 seasons, elevating the program to the level of perennial contender for state honors, and vaulting them to Top 25 status in the USA Today National HighSchool rankings.
In her stint at Winter Haven, the Blue Devils compiled a scintillating 331-48 record, highlighted by two state championships in 2005(Class 4A) and 2007 (Class 5A), seven (7) Finals appearances, eight (8) Final Four appearances overall, plus nine (9)district and eight (8) regional titles.
In March of 2008, Winter Haven finished 30-2 overall, reaching the State finals for a fifth consecutive season, dropping a hard-fought decision to Naples Barron Collier High, just a year after winning the state title.
The Blue Devils were ranked No.1 in the State of Florida for nine straight seasons (2000-08),while finishing in the USA TODAY Top 10 HighSchool National rankings her final season (2007-08).
Winter Haven’s clubs were ranked in the USATODAY Girls High School Basketball Top 15 inboth 2004-05 and 2006-07.
The 2006-07 Class 5A Coach of the Year,Gibson was a six-time Lakeland Ledger Coach ofthe Year, and was cited by the Winter Haven News Chief as its’ Girls Coach of the Year from 1999 through 2008.
Twenty-eight (28) of her players advanced to collegiate basketball careers, twelve (12) playing for NCAA Division One level programs such as Connecticut, Kentucky, Memphis, South Florida and Indiana.
Two of her players - LaQwesha Gamble (2005)and Tiffany Hayes (2008) were named Florida Miss Basketball, while another of her charges, Antonia Bennett, was four-year starter for her at FAMU, earning MEAC Player of the Year honors,before graduating in the Spring of 2012.
Gibson is a graduate of Winter Haven HighSchool and she holds a A.A. in Elementary Education from Polk Community College, a B.S.degree in Organizational Management fromWarner Southern College in Lakeland, and an M.S. in Educational Leadership from ArgosyUniversity in Tampa.