Do You Want to Wrestle For A Championship Program and Coach?
If your answer is yes, then Baldwin Wallace University is the place for you and Jamie Gibbs is the coach who can hewlp you to realize your dreams and win championships!
In his nine seasons as the head wrestling coach at Baldwin Wallace University, Jamie Gibbs has elevated the Yellow Jacket program among the elite in Division III. At the same time, Gibbs' team is among the top academic squads in the country. Those are the facts.
Here is another.... Gibbs' sixth-ranked Yellow Jacket (14-3 in dual meets) won the 2020 NCAA Division III Central Region Championship Tournament and has qualified six of its wrestlers to the national tournament on March 13-14 at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
The Positive Facts and Figures Are Everywhere
In his first nine seasons, Gibbs has rebuilt the program from the inside out with the last six teams and seasons being among the best in school history. His eight-year mark is 117-37 overall with a 760 winning percentage, including a 35-12 Ohio Athletic Conference mark and four OAC titles in the past five seasons. In the last seven seasons, including 2019-2020, Gibbs has a 117-26 dual match record and an outstanding .818 winning percentage. His last six teams have been ranked in the Top-20 by the NWCA (National Wrestling Coaches Association). In the past five seasons, his team has a 27-2 OAC mark with four OAC titles. Overall, Gibbs owns a 168-76 career mark (.689 winning percentage).
This Season: The 2019-2020 Championship Season
Great Season -- Great Results: The Yellow Jackets head into the 2020 NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament on March 13-14 at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Raids, Iowa as the highest rankeds Ohio Athletic Conference team and ranked No.6 in the latest (February 24th) NWCA (National Wrestling Coaches Association) Division III national rankings.
Great Coaching and Staff: On February 28-29, BW captured its second NCAA Division III Central Region Championship and qualified a regional-best six wrestlers to the 2020 national tourney. Veteran Head Coach Jamie Gibbs earned his second Div. III Central Region Coach of the Year honor and Head Assistant Coach Jason Zastrow, who was the Div. III National Assistant Coach of the Year three seasons ago, was tabbed as the Central Region Assiostant Coach of the Year for the second tme in the last three seasons.
Individual Success and a Family Team Culture: When BW won the Div. III Central Region title, almost the entire team, coaching staff and volunteer staff were on-hand to celebrate together and as a family. "It was important for everyone to enjoy the time, the moment the team success," said Gibbs, who led BW to a 14-3 dual match record this winter. "We work together, we play together, we study together, and generally we all hang out together!"
Leading the way to Cedar Rapids are 2020 Central Region champions Stanley Bleich '21 (149 pounds) and Zeck Lehman '20 (197 pounds), second place finishers Jack Stanley '23 (125 pounds), Charlie Nash '20 (133 pounds) and Dalton Leightner '21 (157 pounds) and third-place finisher Doug Byrne '23 (184 pounds). Lehman and Nash are each making his third trip to the national tournament and are returning Division III All-Americans. Bleich is making his second trip, Leightner his first, and Stanley and Byrne are "going dancing" as freshmen!
The 2018-2019 Season Was Special
This season, Gibbs team compiled a 14-2 dual match record, including a 5-1 slate in the OAC and its fourth straight OAC title. The Yellow Jackets placed second at the NCAA Division III Central Region Tournament and 14th at the Division III National Championship Tournament. BW qualified six grapplers to the national tourney, including two who earned Division III All-America honors. Gibbs was rewarded by being named as the OAC Coach of the Year again. BW also was ranked as high as a school-record fifth in the final NWCA Div. III national poll.
Just as important is BW's team 3.31 grade point average which ranked second in Division III. The Jackets received their sixth straight NWCA Team Award.
You Can Be A Part of This Success
In the 2017-2018 season, BW compiled a 19-2 dual match record, including a 6-0 slate in the OAC and its third straight title. The Yellow Jackets won their first-ever NCAA Division III Regional title (Central Region) and Gibbs was named as the Central Region Coach of the Year. His main assistant coach, Jason Zastrow, was tabbed as the Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year. A record nine of 10 wrestlers qualified for the 2018 NCAA Division III National Tournament in Cleveland (at Public Auditorium), includimng two who earned All-America accolades. BW ended the regular season ranked sixth in the NWCA Div. III national poll. BW defeated five teams ranked in the Top-25 and its only two losses have come at the hands of teams ranked even higher! Academically, a NWCA and BW-record thirteen wrestlers were named as scholar all-americans.
In 2016-2017, Gibbs' team compiled a school-record 22 wins and a 22-3 record, including an undefeated, 5-0 mark in the OAC. BW placed fifth at the NCAA Division III National Duals, second at the Div. III Mideast Regional and 25th at the 2017 NCAA Division III National Tournament. His team was ranked eighth in the final NWCA Div. III national poll. And, he is the two-time OAC Coach of the Year. Four of his wrestlers competed at the national tourney with one earning All-American accolades.
In 2015-2016, Gibbs was the 2OAC Coach of the Year and led his team to its first OAC title since 1973. His squad had a then school-record 18 victories, an 18-8 overall and 5-0 OAC record, placed second at the Mideast Regional and 31st at the 2016 national tournament. Three BW wrestlers advanced to the national tournament with one earning Div. III All-America accolades. In addition, his team received a NWCA National Team Academic Award for its fine 3.14 overall team grade point average. A BW-record seven grapplers were named to the NWCA Scholar All-America team.
In 2014-2015, Gibbs led his team to a then record 17 wins, a 17-5 overall and 4-1 OAC record, a sixth place finish at the Mideast Regional and a 20th-place finish at the Div. III National Tournament. Three wrestlers advanced to the national tourney and two earned Div. III All-America accolades. In addition, four student-athletes were named to the NWCA Scholar All-America team. BW finished 20th in the final NWCA poll.
In 2013-2014, Gibbs and his program took a major step forward with an an 8-3 dual match record. He also had three of his wrestlers qualify for the 2014 Div. III national tourney, and two earned Div. III All-American status. In addition, three grapplers were named to the NWCA Scholar All-America team. BW also was ranked 22nd in the final NWCA Division III poll. It was BW's first Top-25 ranking since 2007.
Our Wrestlers Love Coach Gibbs and His Staff and Come Back to Contribute to Our Future Success
If you've ever been to a BW home wrestling match and you look at the bench and in the bleachers to the right of the Yellow Jacket bench, you won't see a seat available. In addition to the wrestlers who are competing that evening, Gibbs' bench is filled with numerous volunteer assistant coaches who are in addition to he and Jason Zastrow. They love their alma mater and the success in wrestling that Gibbs has built here. They are a family, simple and plain.
Gibbs Came to BW from UNC-Pembrook in 2011
Gibbs came to BW after serving as the head wrestling coach at NCAA Division II the University of North Carolina at Pembroke for five seasons. While at UNC-Pembrooke, he rebuilt the wrestling program into one of the most respected in Division II.
He mentored seven NCAA Division II All-Americans and eight student-athletes to the Division II Scholar All-America team. Overall, sixteen of his student-athletes made appearances at the NCAA Division II National Championship Tournament. Gibbs' teams compiled a 51-40 dual meet record and was ranked as high as sixth in the nation and placed sixth at the prestigious Division II Duals. In addition, his team tied for 17th at the 2011 NCAA Division II National Championship tourney.
Prior to UNC-Pembrooke, Gibbs served as an assistant coach at Coe College in Iowa for four years and as a graduate assistant coach at the UW-Lacrosse. Both of the teams are traditional powerhouses in NCAA Division III.
In two seasons as a collegiate competitor at Coe, Gibbs was a an All-Iowa Conference wrestler and a two-year starter and captain. Prior to Coe, he attended Iowa Central Community College and was a national qualifier and a NWCA Scholar All-American. Gibbs received an associate degree from Iowa Central C.C., a Bachelor of Arts degree from Coe and a Master of Science degree in exercise sports science from the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse.
The Gibbs Family Tree
Jamie and his wife, Jana, have two sons, Bodey and Kaden, and reside in North Ridgeville.