After a run on Appalachian State assistants, Missouri continued the recent spate of retention with David Gibbs officially climbing onboard.
Over the weekend, it was confirmed that Brick Haley would continue on as Mizzou’s defensive line coach. Wednesday, Ryan Walters was retained as defensive coordinator. A day after that, the Tigers confirmed that David Gibbs will be a part of Eliah Drinkwitz‘s first coaching staff as well.
Gibbs spent the 2019 season, his first in Columbia, as the Tigers’ cornerbacks coach. Per the school, position-specific duties for Gibbs will be detailed once the staff has been finalized.
“Coach Gibbs is a great fit for our defensive staff,” said Drinkwitz in a statement. “He’s well-respected within the profession as a developer of talent, and he’s got invaluable experience at both the collegiate and NFL levels. I’m excited about his expertise and how he can help shape the philosophy within our defensive staff. I’m pleased to have he and Debbie and their family be part of our program.”
The 51-year-old Gibbs — he’ll turn 52 in January — has spent the past 29 seasons in the coaching profession.
Gibbs, who played his college football at Colorado, has been a defensive coordinator at four of his eight collegiate stops. The first came at Minnesota from 1997-2000, followed by Auburn in 2005. After a few years in the NFL as defensive backs coach, he was back as a coordinator at the collegiate level in Houston (2013-14) and Texas Tech (2015-18).
“I’m excited to be part of Coach Drink’s staff at Mizzou, it’s a great opportunity for me and my family,” Gibbs said. “I’m looking forward to continuing to work with Coach Walters, we did some good things here defensively last season, and we’ve got a great group of kids coming back who are excited to work hard to improve this program.”