Asha Gibson enters her fifth year serving as the sprints and hurdles coach for the Tennessee State track and field team in 2018-19. During her tenure, Gibson has led student-athletes to a number of awards, conference records and championships, NCAA & USATF Nationals and International Junior competition.
While at TSU, Gibson has assisted a number of student athletes to Athlete of the Week, Athlete of the Year and Athlete of the Championship accolades, amongst post-season NCAA appearances. In 2018, she saw James Faison garner the OVC Athlete of the Year honors for the indoor season and captured gold in the 200m & 400m at the OVC Indoor and Outdoor Championships. Faison concluded his campaign with PRs of 21.15 and 47.12, respectfully. In addition, Isaiah Olige had a progressive campaign under her guidance. Olige, an NCAA East Preliminaries qualifier, left an impressionable mark as the 2018 OVC 100mH and 400mH runner-up. Olige concluded his tenure with a PR of 51.68 in the 400mH.
In 2017, All-American Amber Hughes concluded her stellar career as the 2017 OVC Female Athlete of the Year (All Sports). Throughout her career, Hughes amassed 26 OVC gold medals, qualified for the 2016 Olympic Trials and garnered a number of NCAA appearances and OVC team and individual titles. During her senior campaign, Hughes set the OVC Indoor Championship record in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.30 and Outdoor Championship record for the 100m hurdles (13.12).
In 2016, All-American Clairwin Dameus capped an impressive career as the first TSU student-athlete to earn the Ohio Valley Conference Female Athlete of the Year among all sports. Dameus also was Tennessee State’s first two-time Division I First Team All-American honoree. Clairwin was a three-time Conference Champion in the Pentathlon and Heptathlon and garnered a number of NCAA appearances and OVC team and individual titles.
Prior to TSU, Gibson spent six years at Jacksonville State University, in which she aided in the development of the sprint and hurdle program during her tenure. At JSU, Gibson was the former record holder in the 55-meter dash, 60-meter dash, and 100m dash. She earned twelve all-conference honors while at JSU. In 2005, she was inducted into the JSU Scholar Athlete Hall of Fame. In addition, Gibson received the Ohio Valley Conference Medal of Honor twice and was named to the Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll throughout her academic campaign.
Gibson, a USATF Level 3, IAAF Level V coach, has earned number of USTFCCCA and USATF certifications throughout her professional campaign. Gibson serves as a USATF Level 1 Instructor and Run Jump Throw Coordinator, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and has participated in the USOC/USATF Emerging Elite Coaches Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.
A native of Birmingham, Ala., Gibson graduated Magna Cum Laude from Jacksonville State University in the fall of 2008 in Health Education and received her Master’s degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Human Performance in 2013.
Gibson is currently a Human Performance and Sport Sciences Instructor at Tennessee State University and pursuing her doctoral degree in Higher Education.