Courtesy of Rhodes Athletics
Memphis, Tenn. (March 29, 2019) - Rhodes interim director of athletics, Matt Dean has announced that Taylor Gibson has been hired as Rhodes' next head volleyball coach in March 2019.
"I am excited to add Taylor Gibson to our staff," said Dean. "We had a tremendous applicant pool for our volleyball head coaching position and the committee and I felt like Taylor would be a tremendous asset to our Rhodes community."
This will be Gibson's first head coaching stint. She comes to Rhodes after six years as an assistant coach at Washington & Lee where the Generals totaled a 142-62 record. During her tenure, the Generals won three ODAC Championships, advancing to the NCAA Tournament in three of her six seasons. Gibson helped coach four honorable mention All-Americans, eight AVCA All-Region honorees, and saw 15 all-conference accolades.
"I am honored to join the Rhodes Athletic Department and incredibly grateful to Matt Dean, the search committee, and the administration for giving me this opportunity," said Gibson. "I will be proud to lead this wonderful group of young women as they strive to achieve both on the court and in the classroom. Rhodes consistently proves its commitment to student-athlete success, and I am thrilled to take on this new challenge as part of such an exceptional institution and campus community."
Prior to W&L, Gibson was the national recruiting director for volleyball at Sportsforce Online. She also coached club volleyball in California and spent four years as an account manager for HireRight, Inc.
A 2006 graduate of Washington and Lee with a bachelor of arts in English and philosophy, Gibson was a four-year member of the volleyball team while at W&L. The Generals went a combined 127-25 in her four seasons, including a perfect 42-0 in ODAC play. Along with four conference titles, the Blue and White advanced to the NCAA Tournament each year. Taylor is still third all-time at W&L in hitting percentage (.339) and sixth all-time in blocks (325).
The Lynx are coming off a 14-13 season after falling in five sets to Sewanee in the Southern Athletic Association Tournament. Rhodes will return nine to next year's squad including all-conference honoree Mary Frances Daniel. Daniel finished the regular season with 525 digs, the second-highest digs recorded among SAA players. The sophomore libero completed this past season with a career-high 556 digs.