Keeton Named Texas Tech Soccer Assistant Coach
Gibbs Keeton was promoted to the Texas Tech soccer assistant coaching position Friday.
Nov. 30, 2012
Keeton, who has served as a volunteer assistant coach within the Texas Tech soccer program for four seasons, replaces former assistant Ashley Gordon.
"Coaching at my alma mater is a dream come true." Keeton said. "I look forward to continuing to help build Texas Tech soccer into one of the top programs in the country. I am fortunate to have spent the previous four years learning from, and being mentored by Tom Stone, Aaron Gordon and Ashley Gordon - true professionals whom I greatly admire. We have a special group of players on this team and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to work with them in my new role as assistant coach. Sincere thanks to Tom Stone, Judi Henry and Kirby Hocutt for giving me this opportunity to educate, serve and grow fearless champions at Texas Tech."
A 2006 graduate of Texas Tech, Keeton will continue to bring a wealth of soccer experience as both a player and a coach to the Red Raider soccer program.
"It is a great day for the Red Raider soccer program when we can bring on one of our own to join the full-time staff," Stone said. "Coach Keeton's passion for Texas Tech University and our soccer program is evident by the level of professionalism and the quality of his work while serving four years as our volunteer coach. Gibbs has more than earned this opportunity and the team was thrilled with the announcement of his hiring."
As a volunteer assistant at Texas Tech since the 2008 season, Keeton closely trained the Red Raider goalkeepers and defenders. He was also actively involved in the Texas Tech Academy, summer camps, and assisted in developing the current Texas Tech soccer fitness program.
Within the Lubbock community, the El Paso native has served as the Director of Coaching for the Lubbock Arsenal Soccer Club while holding the head coaching duties for the 1998 boy's team and the 1997 girl's team - both of which have been successful in the highly-competitive Dallas area leagues.
Keeton was also instrumental in the development of FC Lubbock.
Keeton spent the previous year as a full-time assistant coach at Lubbock Christian where he helped guide the women's soccer program to the conference tournament for the second consecutive season. Meanwhile, Keeton also coaches in the regional Olympic Development program.
Keeton, who holds a United States Soccer Federation `B' license, earned his undergraduate degree in health, exercise and sports science from Texas Tech before receiving his master's degree in exercise physiology - also from Texas Tech.
His coaching experience also extends into several collegiate camps including Texas A&M, Colorado, Santa Clara and Alma (Michigan) College.
Keeton played soccer collegiately at Grand Canyon University, and was a member of the Arizona Sahuaros of the Professional Development League.
Texas Tech set a school record for wins in 2012 with 16 as the Red Raiders advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.