Grover Gibson

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Grover Gibson
Personal information
Date of birth (1978-11-18) 18 November 1978 (age 38)
Place of birth Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Richmond Strikers
Braddock Road
VfB Stuttgart
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1999 VfB Stuttgart II 11 (0)
1999–2000 FC Augsburg 25 (0)
2000–2002 SV Elversberg 31 (5)
2002–2003 1. FSV Mainz 05 4 (0)
2003–2004 SV Elversberg 27 (1)
2004–2005 SSV Jahn Regensburg 30 (2)
2005–2006 SC Preußen Münster 11 (1)
2006 Kickers Emden 8 (1)
2007 SC Preußen Münster 12 (2)
2007–2009 Rot-Weiss Ahlen 40 (6)
National team
U-17 World Cup Team
U-20 National Team
Teams managed
2013– RVA Football Club
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Grover Gibson (born 18 November 1978) is an American soccer player who last played for Rot-Weiss Ahlen in the 2. Bundesliga until retiring due to injury in August 2009.[1]

In 2012, Gibson established the Grover Gibson Soccer Foundation, which is a non-profit corporation, where he founded RVA Football Club and is currently head coach.

Club career[edit]

Born in Fairfax, Virginia, after graduating from high school, Gibson signed with VfB Stuttgart U-18. He went on to play two years for VfB Stuttgart reserves. After that he played for third-tier sides FC Augsburg and SV Elversberg before signing with 1. FSV Mainz 05 in the 2. Bundesliga at the age of 21. Later he played again in the third tier for SSV Jahn Regensburg, SC Preußen Münster, Kickers Emden. His last club was Rot-Weiss Ahlen in the 2. Bundesliga where he played 30 matches and scored six goals.

His professional career ending after fracturing the eye socket which also damaged the retina and optic nerve.

Gibson previously played four matches in the 2. Bundesliga for 1. FSV Mainz 05.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Following the creation of the Grover Gibson Soccer Foundation, a non-profit corporation promoting soccer, Gibson founded RVA Football Club as a youth soccer organization in Richmond, Virginia, with the senior men's team to compete in the amateur National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), considered the fourth tier of the American soccer pyramid. Gibson would coach the club in its inaugural season, leading them to a first-place finish in the Mid-Atlantic Division and all the way to the NPSL Championship game against the Sonoma County Sol.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Gibson resides currently in Fredericksburg, Virginia with his wife and three children.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gibson diagnosed with serious eye injury". bundesliga.de. 11 May 2009. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Davidson, Gary; Courtney, Chris (24 April 2002). "Gibson agrees to terms with Mainz, looks forward to playing in Bundesliga". soccertimes.com. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "NPSL Seminfinals Preview". NationalPremierSoccerLeague.com. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 

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