RICHMOND – Floyd County native Chase Gibson is in his first season as a member of the Eastern Kentucky University football program’s coaching staff. Gibson joined the EKU coaching staff as the linebackers coach on Jan. 7.
A Pikeville High School graduate, Gibson had worked under Butch Jones since the 2012 season at Cincinnati. He spent that season as a graduate assistant working with the linebackers. Gibson joined Jones at Tennessee in 2013, serving the same role his first season. The last two seasons, Gibson was the quality control/assistant secondary coach. He helped Tennessee to a 9-4 record this season and a second place finish in the Southeastern Conference East Division with a 5-3 mark. It was Tennessee’s first winning record in SEC play since 2007.
Gibson also coached for two seasons (2010 and 2011) in the Ohio Valley Conference at Tennessee-Martin. He coached linebackers and oversaw strength and conditioning with the Skyhawks.
Gibson was a tight end at Marshall University before a career-ending knee injury. He earned a bachelors in secondary education in 2007.
“Chase is an outstanding coach and mentor who is from the Eastern part of Kentucky,” EKU Coach Mark Elder said. “He has tremendous experience coaching at the high school level, in the OVC, at Cincinnati and at Tennessee. He is a tough, hard-nosed coach who will have our linebackers playing physical and fast.”
Eastern Kentucky was set to open practice on Thursday evening.