Robinson adds Gibbs and Fortenberry to his coaching staff
MEMPHIS, Tennessee. – Head coach of athletics Kevin robinson is pleased to announce the promotion of Emron Gibbs and the hiring of Nic fortenberry for the coming season.
Gibbs, a native of St. Andrews, Grenada, has spent the last two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach with the Tigers and has just been promoted to full time.
“Emron has been with us as a volunteer coach for the past two seasons and he has done a tremendous job in that capacity, so it is an honor to be able to put him in a full time role,” said the head coach. Kevin robinson. “Emron has a big vision and will help take our program to the next level.”
Prior to coming to Memphis, Gibbs spent two seasons as a graduate assistant in his alma mater, Southern Mississippi, where he helped coach several pitching events while helping to create training programs for pitchers. He was also involved in organizing trips and recruiting the Golden Eagles.
Gibbs had a successful college career with Southern Mississippi where he was named First Team C-USA at the Outdoor Championships in 2017 and was First Team All-American in 2016.
In 2017, he placed 20e at the NCAA National Outdoor Championships and was named Honorable Mention for his 219’0 “throw. In the same year he was the C-USA Conference Champion for his 245’6 javelin throw. “and posted her career best result in the shot put at 51’5” at the C-USA indoor championships.
During his junior season with the Golden Eagles, Gibbs placed fourth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a throw of 244’10. ”Before the National Championship meet, Gibbs was second in the NCAA East Preliminaries with a throw of 239’11 “.
Prior to Southern Mississippi, Gibbs was an All-American at Neosho County Community College where he recorded a best 227’7 “person in the javelin throw.
Fortenberry returns to Memphis after a six-year stint as the head coach of men’s and women’s athletics at Christian Brother University. He was the first full-time head coach in the history of the program. He was previously an assistant coach for the Tigers from 2006 to 2016.
While at CBU, Fortenberry coached three NCAA Division II national qualifiers, two All-Americans, one in long jump and one in hurdles and sprints, and made his way into the NCAA DII Top 25. . He has also coached several regional and conference athletes of the year as well as several individual and team academic awards at the conference and national levels.
Prior to Christian Brothers, Fortenberry spent 10 seasons with the Tigers where he worked with sprint, hurdles and jump athletes. While in Memphis, Fortenberry coached 21 individual event conference champions, 18 regional qualifiers and eight national qualifiers. He was also a member of the 2007 C-USA Men’s Outdoor Champion Team, the 2013 C-USA Women’s Indoor Finalist Team, and the American Men’s Outdoor Finalist Team. Athletic Conference in 2014.
“I couldn’t be happier to welcome Coach Fortenberry back to the Tiger family. Nic has been a very successful and reliable coach for me in the past and I’m delighted to report he’s back with us to finish what we started, “said the head coach Kevin robinson.
Prior to his first stint with the Tigers, Fortenberry helped coach the track and field and cross country teams at Houston High School in Germantown, Tenn, from 1999-2006. While there, they won a state title. with the track team and three with the cross country team.