Three-time Big Sky Coach of the Year Allison Gibson enters her ninth season as the winningest head coach in Idaho State University history.
Idaho State reached the Big Sky Championship game in 2014 after upsetting top-seed and host Montana in the semi-finals. The team finished in fifth place in the regular season with a 5-4-1 record in Big Sky play. 27 of the 36 goals the team scored on the season came in the second half with 16 of those coming in the 71st minute or later. Amanda Ellsworth set the Big Sky & ISU single-season and career-goal scoring record.
The Bengals finished in fifth place, just outside of the Big Sky tournament field in 2013 with a 7-8-2 record (4-3-2 Big Sky). Despite the disappointing finish ISU set a school record for 11-straight games of scoring at least one goal. Gibson became the winningest coach in ISU history with a 2-0 victory over Southern Utah on Oct. 6.
The 2013 team had six players honored by the Big Sky. Amanda Ellsworth and Allyson Stainbrook were named to the all-conference first-team, Sheridan Hapsic was named to the all-conference second-team and Lia Margolis, Allyssa Kenney and Whitney Peterson received honorable mention nods from the conference.
During the 2012 season, Gibson led her team to a four-match winning streak late in the season to clinch a share of the regular season title and the rights to host the 2012 Big Sky Tournament. The Bengals won the tournament title after defeating both Weber State (semifinal) and Montana (final) on penalty kicks. For her performance in the goal, Sheridan Hapsic was named 2012 Big Sky Tournament MVP. The Bengals made their fifth program NCAA Tournament appearance, facing defending champion Stanford in the first round.
Over her career she has made Davis Field a huge home field advantage for the Bengals. Since 2006, Gibson has led the Bengals to an overall 59-70-19 record and an impressive 39-16-14 record at Davis Field.
During the 2011 season, Gibson had four athletes earn all-conference honors and freshman Amanda Ellsworth was named co-Newcomer of the year as well as all-conference honorable mention. Ellsworth became Gibson’s second athlete to be named Newcomer of the Year after Ashley Jones earned the honor in 2009. Jones was named all-conference second team while freshman Mikaela Carrillo and junior Rachel Strawn were named all-conference honorable mention.
During the 2009 season, Gibson led the Bengals to a 10-8-0 season record, her best overall record at Idaho State, as well as ISU’s first ever season without a tie. Idaho State posted a 4-3-0 Big Sky record capturing a perfect 4-0-0 record in league play at home at Davis Field. The Bengals held its opponents to eight shots on goal at home and scored 13 goals at Davis Field including a 4-2 victory over Northern Arizona and a 4-0 victory over Weber State.
Gibson made her second Big Sky Tournament appearance in 2009, Idaho State’s sixth appearance in history, where three Bengals were named to the all-tournament team: Annamarie Hofstetter, Kacey Ball and Karissa Henage-Fisher. In 2009, Idaho State had three players named to all-conference teams, including freshman Ashley Jones who was named Big Sky Newcomer of the Year. Senior Hofstetter and junior Henage-Fisher earned first team honors while Jones earned second team. Four Bengals earned honorable mentions.
In her first season with the Bengals in 2006, Gibson reestablished the soccer tradition at Idaho State, leading the Bengals to both a Big Sky Conference regular season title and a tournament championship. The tournament title earned the Bengals an automatic bid to the NCAA College Cup, where the team nearly upset 11th-ranked Utah on its home field, falling 3-2 in double overtime. Gibson earned her first Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year for her accomplishments during the 2006 season and had one of her players, Lyndsay Gensler, earn Big Sky Tournament MVP.
Under Gibson’s direction, 23 Bengals have landed spots on the Big Sky All-Conference First and Second teams in addition to 23 earning honorable mention accolades. Thirteen Bengals have earned places on the Big Sky All-Tournament team. She places emphasis on academic achievement and on her watch, 67 Bengals also received Big Sky All-Academic honors with a program record 15 athletes earning all-academic honors during the 2013 season.
During the 2007 season Gibson posted a 7-5-6 record. Gibson tied the record for the fewest losses in a season. Unfortunately a string of ties, that set the record for most tied games in a season, kept the Bengals from the Big Sky Conference tournament by one point. Gibson is the only coach in Idaho State history to have an undefeated home season which she achieved in both 2012 and 2007. She also posts the longest home undefeated streak in ISU history with 13 games from 2006-08.
Gibson also serves the soccer community in numerous roles outside of college athletics. She served as the head coach of the U-17 Olympic Development Program team marking the eighth year that the coach has been involved in the program. Gibson came to Idaho State after a five-year stint as the top assistant at the University of San Francisco of the West Coast Conference, considered one of the nation’s best soccer conferences. While serving as an assistant for the Dons, Gibson also served as a head coach in the Region IV Olympic Development Program, for seven years. At USF, Gibson handled all matters of coaching, including practice planning, travel, scouting, recruiting and USF summer camps. She also developed a leadership workshop for student-athletes.
USF’s best season was the 2004 campaign, when the Dons went 10-7-3 despite a schedule that included regional and national powerhouses such as the University of Portland and Utah. Gibson has definitely seen the best the nation has to offer, as in her last year San Francisco her team played the nation’s toughest schedule, facing 10 teams that qualified for the NCAA College Cup in 2005, including national champion Portland and North Carolina.
Gibson is highly decorated as a player, leading Sonoma State University to a pair of NCAA College Cup appearances, including the Final Four in 1992 and a Final Eight appearance in 1993. She led the Cossacks to a pair of Northern California Athletic Conference championships, earning NCAC Player of the Year both in 1992 and 1993, while leading SSU to a 31-9 composite record. She also earned All-America honors both years from the National Soccer Coaches Association of American. In 2000, Gibson was inducted into Sonoma State’s Hall of Fame.
Gibson then became an assistant coach at SSU, helping the Cossacks to a 29-6-1 record over the next two seasons and two more postseason trips.
Gibson graduated from Sonoma State in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, and she earned her master’s in 2004 from the University of San Francisco in organization and leadership. She holds a United States Soccer Federation “A” coaching license. She also holds a NSCAA “Premier” Diploma.
Coach Gibson's Career Profile
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2006 Big Sky Coach of the Year
2009 Big Sky Coach of the Year
2012 Big Sky Coach of the Year
2006 Big Sky Tournament Champion
2009 Big Sky Tournament Runner-up
2012 Big Sky Tournament Champion
2014 Big Sky Tournament Runner-up
69-79-29 (.470) Overall Record
30-31-9 (.493) Big Sky Record
39-19-12 (.643) Davis Field Record
Undefeated Home Seasons (2): 2007, 2012
80-Big Sky All-Academic honorees
24-Big Sky First and Second Team All-Conference selections
29-Big Sky All-Conference Honorable Mention selections
16-Big Sky All-Tournament selections
2006 Big Sky Tournament MVP: Lyndsay Gensler
2009 Newcomer of the Year: Ashley Jones
2011 Newcomer of the Year: Amanda Ellsworth
2012 Offensive MVP: Amanda Ellsworth
2012 Big Sky Tournament MVP: Sheridan Hapsic
2014 Big Sky Offensive MVP & Golden Boot: Amanda Ellsworth
2007 ESPN The Magazine Third Team Academic All-America District VIII: Annamarie Hofstetter
2008 ESPN The Magazine Third Team Academic All-America District VIII: Annamarie Hofstetter
2009 ESPN The Magazine First Team Academic All-America District VIII: Annamarie Hofstetter
2006 Academic All-District: Tia Peterson-Burns, Chantel Kim
2014 NSCA All-Region Team: Amanda Ellsworth