VB: Lubbock Christian names Giboney head coach

Courtesy: LCUChaps.com

Keith Giboney, the Gulf South Conference Coach of the Decade (2010), has been named the head volleyball coach at Lubbock Christian University director of athletics, Scott Larson announced. Giboney, who has 16 years of NCAA head coaching experience, becomes the seventh head coach in program history.

“We are very excited to welcome Keith and his family back to Lubbock and LCU,” said Larson. “He is clearly committed to the university’s transformational mission, and brings with him a wealth of experience and demonstrated success at the NCAA Division II level.”

Giboney’s volleyball roots in Lubbock date back to 1993, as he coached four seasons at Lubbock Christian High School and claimed three TAPPS state titles and posted a coaching record of 110-25. He made the move to Dallas, Texas in 1997 and won a fourth TAPPS title over a two-year stint at Dallas Christian High School before transitioning to the NCAA Division II coaching ranks at Harding University in Searcy, Ark.

He spent 13 seasons at Harding and claimed seven Gulf South Conference titles and was a five-time GSC West Division Coach of the Year. Giboney had a 337-122 (.734) overall record at Harding and posted a conference record of 136-24 (.850), which included two undefeated seasons and 11 consecutive seasons of losing three matches or less. In 2010, Giboney was named the GSC Coach of the Decade. He led the Bison to four NCAA Division II Tournament appearances.

Giboney spent his previous three coaching seasons at University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH), where he compiled a 47-49 record. The Chargers qualified for the GSC tournament in each of his three seasons. In 2016, Giboney left coaching and returned to Searcy, where he made the move to work in athletic sales.

“Thank you to Dr. Scott McDowell (LCU President) and Scott Larson for this opportunity,” said Giboney. “I am honored and humbled to be the next head volleyball coach at Lubbock Christian University. LCU is a very special place to my wife and I, and we are excited to be coming back. We have family and many dear friends in Lubbock and at Lubbock Christian, so this is truly a homecoming. We look forward to this endeavor and are optimistic about the future of LCU Volleyball.”

In 16 seasons coaching NCAA Division II volleyball, Giboney has a career coaching record of 384-171 (.692). He completed his Bachelor’s Degree at LCU (1993), where he met his wife Michal Warren. Michal played volleyball at LCU from 1990-93 and was the program’s career digs leader when she graduated (1,677, which currently ranks eighth in program history). She was a teammate of former LCU volleyball head coach Jennifer Lawrence. Keith and Michal have two daughters: Emily and Abbey.

The Lady Chaps are coming off a 3-10 2020 season, which was played in the spring of 2021. They are preparing for their 43rd season and their third in the Lone Star Conference, which is set to begin in the fall of 2021.