Tony Gibson

Tony Gibson

Associate Head Coach (Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers)

Birthday October 12
Hometown Van, W.Va.
College Glenville State, 1994 (Bachelor's)
Family wife, Kerry
son, Cody; daughter, Ashton
Coaching History
2014 - present West Virginia -
Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
2013 West Virginia -
2012 Arizona -
Assistant Head Coach/Safeties/Defensive Special Teams
2011 Pitt -
Pass Game Coordinator/Secondary
2008-10 Michigan -
Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Backs/Special Teams
2007 West Virginia -
Recruiting Coordinator/Defensive Backs
2001-06 West Virginia -
Defensive Backs
1999-00 West Virginia Tech -
Defensive Coordinator
1997-98 Cumberland University -
Defensive Backs/Special Teams
1996 Glenville State -
Defensive Backs
1995 Gilmer County HS (W.Va.) -
Head Coach/Interim AD

Playing Career
  • Defensive Back at Glenville State from 1991-94
  • Part of two WVIAC championship teams.
Bowl Games Coached: (12)
2016: Russell Athletic (West Virginia)
2015: Cactus (West Virginia)
2014: Liberty (West Virginia)
2012: New Mexico (Arizona)
2011: BBVA Compass (Pitt)
2010: Gator (Michigan)
2007: Fiesta (West Virginia)
2006: Gator (West Virginia)
2005: Sugar (West Virginia)
2004: Gator (West Virginia)
2003: Gator (West Virginia)
2002: Continental Tire (West Virginia)
Coaching Highlights
West Virginia
  • Named Big 12 Conference Defensive Coordinator of the Year by Athlon Sports
  • In 2016, WVU's defense was ranked No. 24 nationally in fumbles recovered (11) and turnovers gained (25) and No. 35 in pass interceptions (14) and scoring defense (24.0)
  • In Big 12 games, WVU's defense was No. 1 in scoring defense, total defense and opponent first dows, No. 2 in rushing defense and No. 3 in third down defense
  • Rasul Douglas was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year by ESPN.com, unanimous All-Big 12 First Team and All-American Second Team by eight organizations
  • David Long was named to the All-Big 12 Freshman First Team by Athlon Sports
  • In 2015, WVU’s defense was ranked No. 2 nationally in interceptions, No. 5 in turnovers gained, No. 8 in most opponent three and outs, No. 11 in opponent third-down defense and No. 15 in turnover margin
  • Defense was No. 1 in the Big 12 in rushing defense, interceptions and opponent first-down defense and second in scoring defense, total defense and opponent third-down defense
  • Four defensive players were selected in 2016 NFL Draft: Karl Joseph (S, First Round), Daryl Worley (CB, Third Round), Nick Kwiatkoski (LB, Fourth Round) and KJ Dillon (S, Fifth Round)
  • Kwiatkoski was named All-American First Team (ProFootball Focus) and Joseph was a second-team selection (CBSSports)
  • Kwiatkoski and Worley were named All-Big 12 First Team and Dillon was on the second team
  • In 2014, WVU’s defense was No. 9 in third down defense, No. 12 in fourth-down defense and No. 15 in highest percentage of opponent three downs and out and No. 28 in passing efficiency defense
  • Kwiatkoski led the Mountaineer defense with 103 tackles and 11.5 tackles for loss and Wes Tonkery was third with 69 tackles and 10.5 tackles for loss
  • Kwiatkoski was No. 10 in the Big 12 in tackles and tied for No. 13 in tackles for loss
  • Tonkery was WVU’s Liberty Bowl Scholar Athlete
  • Brandon Golson finished his WVU career tied for No. 2 in forced fumbles (6)
  • In 2013, WVU’s defense was No. 4 nationally in fumbles recovered and No. 19 in turnovers gained
  • Helped the Wildcats to an 8-5 overall record in first year at Arizona and won the Gildan New Mexico Bowl
  • Helped lead the Panthers to a fourth straight bowl appearance
  • Two of Gibson’s pupils were named to Big East all-conference teams
  • Helped lead the Wolverines to a berth in the Gator Bowl in 2011
  • One of his cornerbacks, Donovan Warren, earned All-Big Ten First Team honors.
  • Responsible for recruiting Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Denard Robinson, one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation
West Virginia
  • Mountaineers enjoyed one of their most successful periods on the gridiron, posting a 58-14 record in his final six years on staff and earning a then school record six straight bowl appearances, including two BCS bowl games
  • Eight of his players earned All-Big East honors and six were selected in the NFL Draft
  • His secondary standouts included first team All-American Adam Jones, who has played with the Titans, Cowboys and Bengals during his eight-year NFL career
  • WVU won or shared four Big East titles, capturing BCS bowl victories following the 2005 (Sugar Bowl) and 2007 (Fiesta Bowl) seasons
West Virginia Tech
  • Spent two seasons as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator (1999-2000)
Cumberland University
  • In 1997 and ’98, coordinated the program’s special teams and recruitment in addition to mentoring the team’s defensive backs
Glenville State
  • Coached defensive backs and the kickoff teams.
All-Conference Players (23)
West Virginia: Darwin Cook (2013), KJ Dillon (2015), Rasul Douglas (2016), Karl Joseph (2014), Nick Kwiatkoski (2015), Daryl Worley (2015)
Arizona: Jared Tevis (2012)
Michigan: Donovan Warren (2009)
Pitt: Jarred Holley (2011); Antwuan Reed (2011)
West Virginia: Jahmile Addae (2004-05), Angel Estrada (2002), Adam Jones (2003-04), Brian King (2003), Mike Lorello (2004-05), Aaron Mims (2005), Rick Sherrod (2002), Eric Wicks (2005-06-07)
All-American Players (4)
West Virginia: Rasul Douglas (2016), Adam Jones (2004), Karl Joseph (2015), Nick Kwiatkoski (2015)
Professional Players (16)
West Virginia: KJ Dillon (S), Karl Joseph (S), Nick Kwiatkoski (LB), Shaq Riddick (DL), Daryl Worley (CB)
Pitt: Jarred Holley (DB); Antwuan Reed (DB)
Michigan: Steve Brown (DB), Morgan Trent (CB), Donovan Warren (CB)
West Virginia: Angel Estrada (DB), Lance Frazier (DB), Adam Jones (CB), Keith Tandy (CB), Ellis Lankster (CB), Dee McCann (DB)