Crystal Gibson has been hired as the Associate Director of Athletics at Susquehanna University. The announcement was made by Director of Athletics Pam Samuelson after a national search to fill the newly created position at the University.
Gibson will be directly in charge of NCAA Compliance, Home Event Management and sport oversight for selected varsity sports. She begins her new position July 17.
"We are very excited to have Crystal join the Susquehanna Athletics family," said Samuelson. "In her most recent experience at St. Mary's College, she took on additional administrative duties and was seen as an outstanding collaborator and team player. I am confident her skills and experience will benefit the Athletic department and University as a whole."
The newly created position was made possible through an NCAA Division III Strategic Alliance Matching Grant. The grant helps colleges and universities with funding for the recipients' proposed salaries and benefits for the first three years of a new full-time senior-level administrative position or the enhancement of current positions. The grant also provides selected institutions with professional development and technology funding for those first three years.
Gibson spent the last six years at St. Mary's College of Maryland as the head women's basketball coach. She was named the Senior Woman Administrator in 2012 and also served as the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Women's Basketball Chair since 2014.
Prior to St. Mary's, Gibson was the head women's basketball coach and assistant sports information director at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pa.
Gibson is also taking part in the NCAA Pathways Program. The Pathway Program is designed to elevate those currently in senior-level positions within athletics administration to the next step as a director of athletics. This year-long program is an intensive, experiential learning opportunity for selected participants representing NCAA Divisions I, II and III.
Since its inception in 1997, the Pathway Program (formerly the Fellows Program) has produced more than 100 alumni. Nearly 25 percent of the participants have gone on to become directors of athletics, while more than 60 percent have received promotions in their careers.
The 2005 graduate of Lebanon Valley College earned a degree in Biology and is expected to earn her Master's degree from Frostburg State in the Fall.