MCHENRY — Garrett College men's basketball Dennis Gibson, who earned his 600th career coaching win earlier this season and has led the Lakers to three National Tournament appearances, has been elected to the National Junior College Athletic Association Hall of Fame.
The NJCAA Men's Basketball Coaches Association announced its 2016 Hall of Fame class, which includes Gibson, former Hinds (Mississippi) forward Alonzo Bradley, and former Eastfield (Texas) coach Bob Flickner. The date of the induction ceremonies has yet to be announced.
Gibson has been a fixture at the McHenry college for five decades, first as a student-athlete who led the basketball team to a 17-9 season as a sophomore in 1974, as an assistant coach from 1978 to 1984, and as the head coach since 1985.
After his playing days at Garrett, Gibson transferred to Bridgewater (Virginia) College, where he continued his athletic career and received second-team Old Dominion Athletic Conference honors. He was a member of the first class inducted into the newly formed Garrett College Athletics Hall of Fame last year.
Under Gibson, the Lakers have set just about every record in the program's history, and the 1993-94 team became the first in any sport in Garrett College history to win Maryland JUCO and Region XX championships the same year.
In the spring of 1994, the Lakers finished sixth in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament in Danville, Illinois and set the single-season school record for wins, finishing with a 28-7 record. The 2002-03 team defeated Allegany 55-52 to win Garrett's first Region XX, Division I championship in any sport.
The Lakers won Region XX, Division II championships and reached the National Tournament the last two seasons. Last year, led by first-team All-American DeAndre Davis, they won their opening round game before dropping the next two and finished 25-8.
Garrett won 597 games, an average of 20 per season, since Gibson became head coach in 1985. Career win No. 600 came in a 110-62 win over Penn Highlands early this year. Last night's win over Anne Arundel brought Gibson's career coaching record to 614-313.
Each year the NJCAA Men's Basketball Coaches Association receives dozens of nominations for qualified players, coaches and personnel who have had great impact and success in the junior college ranks and beyond. Former Detroit Pistons player Vinnie Johnson headlined the Class of 2015.