HIGH POINT, N.C. – Former High Point University Athletic Director and men’s soccer coach Woody Gibson will be inducted into the North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame on Jan. 27, it was announced this week.
Gibson was an assistant coach for the men’s soccer program from 1975-77 before taking over head coaching duties in 1978. He held the position until resigning in 1998 to become the school’s athletic director. Through 22 seasons, Gibson was 211-138-27 and won seven conference championships. His team was ranked in the top 20 of the NAIA poll on nine different occasions. He was named conference coach of the year six times, district coach of the year four times, and was once named the area coach of the year.
HPU won North State Conference/CVAC regular season men’s soccer championships in 1976, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1987 and 1992. When the conference began holding a postseason tournament in 1989, HPU won the first championship and was tournament runner-up in 1991 and 1992.
In addition to his tenure with the men’s soccer program, Gibson was the school’s athletic director from 1998-2008. During that time, he guided HPU in its transition from NCAA Div. II to Div. I and was instrumental in the creation, renovation, and expansion of numerous current athletic facilities including Vert Stadium, Belk Track, and Williard Stadium.
Gibson was also High Point’s head men’s golf coach from 1974-92 and founded the women’s soccer program and was its head coach from 1992-94. He also served as sports information director from 1975-91. Gibson earned his bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in English from HPU in 1975 and earned his master’s degree in Physical Education in 1980. Gibson earned his doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Nova Southeastern University in 1995.
This is the third hall of fame enshrinement for Gibson, who was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in 2011 and the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame in 2012. The induction ceremony is set to take place on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at 6:15 p.m. at the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown Hotel. A limited number of tickets are available at www.ncsoccerhalloffame.com.