It did not take long for new Houston Head Coach Kristin Vesely to make a splash with her first move as Cougars Head Coach. Vesely hired former Texas A&M All-American pitcher Megan Gibson-Loftin to be her asst coach.
“I am really excited to be a part of the Houston Softball program. I grew up in the area, so I am very familiar with UH and the players in the Greater Houston area,” Gibson-Loftin said via Houston Press Release. “I am excited to work with Coach Vesely and am grateful for the opportunity to work at a university while staying near to my family.”
Gibson-Loftin spent the last season with UTSA as an assistant coach under Michelle Cheatham. Gibson-Loftin spent two previous seasons as an assistant coach for the Penn State Nittany Lions from 2014-2015 serving primarily as the pitching coach.
Under her leadership in 2014, Lion hurlers amassed 14 wins to go along with 177 strikeouts, 22 complete games and a pair of shutouts. The Penn State pitching staff also accumulated four saves on the season which was tied for fourth most in the Big Ten.
Prior to Penn State, Gibson-Loftin spent two seasons as an assistant under head coach Amanda Lehotak at University of Texas-San Antonio (UTSA). Under Gibson’s guidance in 2013, UTSA garnered a formidable 2.76 earned run average while holding opponents to a .254 batting average.
Prior to UTSA, Gibson spent four seasons in the National Professional Fastpitch League (NPF). After leading Texas A&M to a runner-up finish at the 2008 Women’s College World Series (WCWS), she was selected by the Philadelphia Force with the No. 2 overall pick of the 2008 NPF Senior Draft. In addition to her time in the league, Gibson spent a season in the Japanese Softball Association.
Along with her career in the NPF, Gibson served under Texas A&M head coach Jo Evans as a graduate assistant in fall 2008 and again as a volunteer pitching coach during the 2011 season. She also spent time as a softball instructor at High Performance Baseball in Tomball and as a volunteer assistant coach at Spring High School in 2010.
Gibson led Texas A&M to the Women’s College World Series National Championship Series losing to Arizona State.
Among the accomplishmements Gibson had as a player at Texas AM include:
- 2005 Second team National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-American
- 2005 NFCA Midwest Region All-Region first team
- 2005 All-Big 12 first team
- 2005 Big 12 All-Tournament team
- 2006 NFCA Midwest Region All-Region second team
- 2006 All-Big 12 second team
- 2006 All-Big 12 Tournament team
- 2007 First team NFCA All-American
- 2007 All-Big 12 first team
- 2007 NFCA Midwest Region All-Region first team
- 2008 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award Runner-up
- 2008 First team NFCA All-American
- 2008 NFCA Midwest Region All-Region first team
- 2008 National Strength and Conditioning Association All-American
- 2008 Big 12 Player of the Year
- 2008 Big 12 Pitcher of the Year
- 2008 Big 12 All-Tournament team (Most Outstanding Player)
- 2008 Honda Sports Award nominee
- 2008 Women’s College World Series All-Tournament Team
Gibson was inducted into the Texas A&M Sports Hall of Fame in 2014 along with her former teammate Amanda Scarborough.
“I’ve known Megan since we were 9 years old. said Scarborough who played with Gibson from 05-08. In the past 20+ years I have witnessed Megan grow and thrive, first as a player and now as a pitching coach. I am excited for her that she gets to be back in her hometown surrounded by a youthful, driven, highly competitive coaching staff at UH.”
Gibson and Scarborough knock off Houston in 2007 Regionals at College Station. Now Gibson-Loftin will look to help get the Cougars program back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2014.