After 14 years as the head coach of the Frisco football team, Vance Gibson has accepted an assistant position to coach defensive backs at East Texas Baptist University.
Gibson, who tallied an 86-80 record during his tenure with the Raccoons, is moving on after leading them to a memorable 7-5 season and a playoff win.
“We had done what we set out to do program wise, and the morale got headed into the right direction,” he said. “It was a really neat year, and the kids said what they were going to do. Our goal was to get to the playoffs and not only did they do that, but we won a playoff game. They really overachieved and set a good foundation going forward.”
ETBU head coach Brian Mayper and Gibson share quite a history, as the two coached together during Gibson’s 13-year stint as the head coach of Howard Payne University prior to coming to Frisco.
Mayper came along with Gibson to serve as an assistant for a few years before heading back into the college coaching world.
This past summer, Mayper reached out to Gibson in regards of an opening on his staff, but he felt it wasn’t right to leave after coming off of a 0-10 campaign.
“The timing just wasn’t right,” he said. “The kids at Frisco had made a really huge commitment to turn the program around, and I wanted to be a part of that.”
Mayper told him the position would be available after the Raccoons’ season was over and once Frisco was eliminated by South Oak Cliff last week in the second round of the playoffs, Gibson knew it was time.
What he is looking forward to the most as he makes the move from head coach to an assistant is just that – being able to focus more on coaching just football and not be responsible for other administrative duties.
And although he is excited to be heading back into college coaching, he will greatly miss many people he had built relationships with over the last 14 years in Frisco.
“I have fond memories of Frisco, and what I’ll miss most is the people,” he said. “Not only the kids that we coach, but also the staff and administration. They were all so supportive through good times and the bad, and that’s a rarity in today’s world.”