Mike Gibbons is in the first season back at his alma mater as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the BSU men's hockey team.
The Beavers marked a 19-20 record with a 14-12 record in CCHA play during the 2021-22 season. Ranked or receiving votes through most of the season, the Beavers toppled fellow ranked or RV teams nine times in regular season play, including a win against then No. 6 University of North Dakota and eight wins versus teams that received votes. The Beavers, who were slated third in the CCHA leading up to playoffs, made their run to the CCHA Championship versus No. 1 Minnesota State University Mankato. The team earned nine CCHA Player of the Week honors and four Player of the Month accolades. Senior Owen Sillinger was also awarded HCA Player of the Month honors and was a nominee for the prestigious Hobey Baker Award. Elias Rosen earned All-CCHA First Team honors while Sillinger was named to the second team and Mattias Sholl to the All-CCHA Rookie Team.
Gibbons returns the BSU staff after nearly 40 years in coaching. Most recently, he retired from St. Cloud State University in March after a 14-year run as an assistant on the Huskies’ men’s hockey coaching staff.
In 14 years at SCSU, Gibbons helped lead the Huskies to four conference championships (WCHA-2013 and NCHC-2014, 2018 and 2019), the NCHC Frozen Faceoff title in 2016, 275 victories and eight NCAA tournament appearances including a trip to the 2013 NCAA Frozen Four.
He played a key role in helping to recruit numerous standout players to St. Cloud State in addition to his work with the Huskies' defensive corps. In his time at SCSU, 46 Huskies were selected for all-conference honors and 11 student-athletes earned All-America recognition. In addition, 10 SCSU student-athletes were recognized among the top 10 for the Hobey Baker Award, which includes 2013 Hobey Baker Award winner Drew LeBlanc. Beyond the college hockey ranks, 16 players, who played during Gibbons' tenure at SCSU, have gone on to play in the NHL.
Gibbons' coaching resume includes stops at all levels of the game of hockey including the professional ranks, junior hockey, college and high school.
A graduate of BSU, where he was a standout blueliner for the Beavers from 1975 to 1979, Gibbons gained All-America notice in 1978 and 1979 and helped BSU win a national title in 1979.
He began his coaching career at BSU as an assistant coach in 1981 and later served as an interim head coach during the 1982-83 campaign. That season he led the Beavers to a 30-6-1 record, a NCHA championship and a trip to the NCAA Division II championship game. For his efforts and the team’s success, Gibbons was selected the NCHA Coach of the Year and the Edward Jeremiah College Division National Coach of the Year.
Gibbons moved to Northern Michigan University in 1983 where he served as an assistant coach with the Wildcats' hockey program until 1988. He went on to serve as an assistant coach at Colorado College (1988-1990) and the University of Denver (1990-1994). After leaving Denver, Gibbons worked for one year as the head coach for the Langley Thunder in the British Columbia Junior Hockey League.
From 1995 to 1997, Gibbons moved into the professional ranks as an assistant coach with the Baltimore Bandits, the Anaheim Ducks' top affiliate in the AHL. Gibbons returned to Minnesota in 1997 to take over as head coach at Eastview High School and remained there for 10 seasons.
In 2006, Gibbons served as an assistant coach for the USA Junior National Team, which placed fourth at the World Junior Tournament in Vancouver, B.C. In 1993, he was a co-head coach with Scott Owens of the USA Select Team and he has coached numerous USA Hockey Select 17 teams during his career.
Gibbons received the American Hockey Coaches Association's Terry Flanagan Award in 2016. The award is presented annually and it honors an assistant coach's career body of work.