Coach Gibbs began coaching with his best friend, Chuck Johnson, at Ridgewood High School in 1984. After coaching for a few years with Chuck, Coach became the Head Coach at Kean University for the 1987 season. Following his stint at Kean, he returned to Ridgewood where he had a myriad of different coaching responsibilities including calling the plays while Coach Johnson called the defense. In 2001, Coach Gibbs became the head coach at Ramapo High School. Coach was extremely excited because this was the school his children would eventually attend, and two of his favorite things, football and family, would be joined together. At Ramapo, Coach Gibbs won 180 games and 7 sectional titles. After being the head wrestling coach at Ridgewood for some years, Coach eclipsed 100 wins in Ramapo wrestling.
More importantly than the wins and the championships, Coach Gibbs valued the relationships he built along the way. Coach would boast of his former players, not only having success on the football field, but most importantly, what they were doing in life. He also loved his job teaching physical education and his “AP GYM” class was renowned by anyone who had him. Coach Gibbs attended at least one concert and one performing arts play a year at Ramapo. He was so proud to be a part of the Ramapo community and all he wanted was the best for every student that walked the hallways.
Coach loved everyone who crossed his path and found joy in the happiness of others, especially when it came to family, football, and food. He was a truly beloved husband, father, teacher, coach, and friend.