Gibson in March 2007
|Full name||Megan Lynn Gibson|
March 25, 1986 |
Spring, Texas, USA
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|College team||Texas A&M Aggies|
Megan Lynn Gibson (born March 25, 1986 in Spring, Texas) is an American former professional softball player and the pitching coach for Penn State Nittany Lions college softball team. She was selected by the Philadelphia Force as the No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 NPF Senior Draft. After the Force folded she was picked up by the Tennessee Diamonds in 2010.
She played college softball at Texas A&M from 2004 to 2008. In the 2008 season, she was collegiate national player of the week from February 25 to March 2. Later that season, she became the first Big 12 player to be named both Big 12 Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year. She led her team to win the program's second Big 12 regular season and first tournament championship. In the postseason, she led her team to the Final Series of the 2008 Women's College World Series.
In addition to her time in the NPF, she spent a season in the Japanese Softball Association.
Along with her career in the NPF, Gibson served under Texas A&M head coach Jo Evans as a graduate assistant in Fall 2008 and again as a volunteer pitching coach during the 2011 season. She also spent time as a softball instructor at High Performance Baseball in Tomball and as a volunteer assistant coach at Spring High School in 2010.
Gibson joined the Penn State coaching staff after spending two seasons as an assistant under Coach Lehotak at University of Texas at San Antonio.
Collegiate awards and honors
- 2005 Second team National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-American
- 2005 NFCA Midwest Region All-Region first team
- 2005 All-Big 12 first team
- 2005 Big 12 All-Tournament team
- 2006 NFCA Midwest Region All-Region second team
- 2006 All-Big 12 second team
- 2006 All-Big 12 Tournament team
- 2007 First team NFCA All-American
- 2007 All-Big 12 first team
- 2007 NFCA Midwest Region All-Region first team
- 2008 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award Runner-up
- 2008 First team NFCA All-American
- 2008 NFCA Midwest Region All-Region first team
- 2008 National Strength and Conditioning Association All-American
- 2008 Big 12 Player of the Year
- 2008 Big 12 Pitcher of the Year
- 2008 Big 12 All-Tournament team (Most Outstanding Player)
- 2008 Honda Sports Award nominee
- 2008 Women's College World Series All-Tournament Team
- "2008 NPF DRAFT VIDEO" (Press release).
- "Texas A&M’s Megan Gibson Selected As The USA Softball Collegiate National Player Of The Week".
- "2008 Softball Postseason Awards Announced" (Press release).
- "Texas A&M blanks NU in Big 12 title game".
- "106 A&M student-athletes set to graduate this weekend".
- "Big 12 Softball record book" (PDF).
- "2007 Big 12 Softball Postseason Awards Announced" (Press release).
- "Going Dutch: Force start season tonight against Netherlands".
- "A&M star awaiting her due".
- "2008 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-Americans" (Press release).
- "2008 NSCA All-American Strength and Conditioning Athletes of the Year" (PDF) (Press release).
- "2008 BIG 12 SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP" (PDF) (Press release).
- "Tincher named to WCWS All-Tournament Team".