Gibson resigns at EA

Published 2:55 pm Friday, December 16, 2011

Escambia Academy head coach Heath Gibson stepped down as athletic director and head football coach on Friday afternoon. Gibson was the head football coach for nine seasons leading the Cougars to two region titles and two semifinals appearances in his time at the school.

In a surprise turn of events, Escambia Academy head coach Heath Gibson resigned as athletic director and head football coach on Friday leaving the school after nine seasons.

Gibson most recently led the Cougars to their second AISA semifinals appearance in three years falling 44-28 to the Patrician Academy Saints.

During his time with the Cougars, Gibson – the 2009 AISA Coach of the Year– led the Cougars through seasons of success as well as misfortune.

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Gibson bounced back from the 0-11 season to lead his team to their first semifinals appearance in 2009 leading to him earning the award.

Prior to the semifinals appearances, Gibson did lead the Cougars to back-to-back region championships in 2004 and 2005.

Aside from leading his team to success, Gibson was also looked on as a coach respected by his players. Those players also had success on the field during Gibson’s time at the helm.

In eight seasons as head coach, two players Jaylen Henry and Buckie Dawson were named First-Team All-State and four more players Jace Beasley, Kevin White, Josh Johnson and Joe Drew were honorable mention on the All-State team. Numerous players were named to the AISA All-Star team as well.

Gibson leaves Escambia Academy with a career record of 45-55 in nine seasons as head coach.