Gibney retires as Shawnee coach

Brian Gibney coached Shawnee soccer for 38 years. DAVID MWARREN / Staff
Brian Gibney coached Shawnee soccer for 38 years. DAVID MWARREN / Staff
Posted: June 14, 2012

Brian Gibney, who built Shawnee boys' soccer from a fledgling program into a perennial state power, has retired after 38 years as Renegades coach.

Gibney, 63, holds the South Jersey record for coaching victories in soccer with 665. His teams won seven state championships and 13 South Jersey titles.

“We were blessed with great kids from great families,” Gibney said. “That’s the name of it. That’s what propelled us to great heights.”

Gibney was named national coach of the year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of American (NSCAA) in 2003 and by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) in 2006.

Gibney's teams won 12 South Jersey Soccer Coaches Association tournaments, including two stretches of five titles in six seasons (1988, 1989, 1991, 1992 and 1993, and 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2006).

No other boys' team has won the coaches tournament more than three times.

Gibney, who has retired as a guidance counselor at Shawnee, also was the school's baseball coach for many years. His baseball teams won more than 400 games.


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