McGibbon steps down as DIII coach to focus on LFSN, family
March 15, 2018 | Lynchburg, Va.
Liberty University ACHA Division III men's hockey coach Rett McGibbon is stepping down after a second stint behind the Flames' bench, as his responsibilities as co-anchor and producer for the Liberty Flames Sports Network (LFSN) and its weekly "Game On" show continue to expand.
McGibbon ('08, '17) has more than 10 years of sports broadcasting experience at Liberty, starting with hockey after playing one season as goalie for the Flames' DII men's team. Besides co-anchoring "Game On" with Matt Warner, McGibbon began providing play-by-play for the Lady Flames' women's basketball and women's soccer teams and also serves as host of the pre-game, halftime, and post-game shows for football broadcasts on top of anchoring DI and DII men's hockey games.
"Trying to schedule our games in around broadcasting was insane and it was ordained by God that I only missed one women's broadcast," said McGibbon, who is traveling to Tennessee to cover the Lady Flames' NCAA Division I Tournament opener against the Volunteers, set for Friday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN2. "When I started off coaching again four years ago, I was only doing play-by-play for the men's DI hockey team and wasn't even anchoring ‘Game On' yet. It's awesome and I'm loving every minute of it, but it's a lot of additions to my plate as well."
He said the same thing about coaching, but with six young children at home that he and his wife, Diane, are raising, he realized he needed to relinquish that role to devote more time to parenting.
"I've loved every minute of it and it was a tough and emotional process to come to this decision," McGibbon said. "I got to start the DIII program nine years ago now and I love the guys, who have become an extension of our family for me and my wife. Some of the players have been like uncles to my kids growing up."
McGibbon posted a 49-45 record over the past four seasons with the Flames, an improvement over his first two campaigns after starting the program in 2009. Last season, the Flames returned to the Southeast Region tournament for the third time in four seasons and won their first game there, 2-1 in overtime over former Blue Ridge Hockey Club (BRHC) rival UNC Wilmington. They also made their first ACHA DIII National Championships appearance and earned their highest-ever ACHA DIII Southeast Regional ranking.
"The team is knocking on the door of doing great things and it will be fun to watch them," McGibbon said.