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For the second time in four years, head coach Megan Gebbia has made history at the helm of the American University women’s basketball program after guiding the team to its second Patriot League title and berth into the NCAA Tournament in 2017-18. Now entering her sixth season with AU, Gebbia continues to establish herself as one of the most successful coaches in program history.
A two-time Patriot League Coach of the Year, Gebbia has mentored some of the top players in program history including two Patriot League Players of the Year, four Patriot League Scholar-Athletes of the Year, one Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, one CoSIDA Academic All-American First Team honoree, two CoSIDA Academic All-District Team honorees, two ECAC Division I All-Stars, 12 All-Patriot League selections and three NCAA Woman of the Year nominees.
Gebbia and her staff enter the 2018-19 season after a historic run into the NCAA Tournament, marked by a program-record 26-7 overall record, 16-2 in the Patriot League, and one of the top undefeated runs in Division I at 17-0. The Eagles also enter the season with one of the top home win streaks in the country at 20-0. In recognition of this success, Gebbia was awarded her second Patriot League Coach of the Year award while three of her players – Emily Kinneston (First Team), Cecily Carl (Second Team) and Maria Liddane (Third Team, All-Defensive Team) – were selected for all-league honors.
Led by Patriot League Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year Emily Kinneston, AU made a 10-week run in the CollegeInside.com Mid-Major Top 25, peaking at a No. 11 ranking. After overpowering Navy, 58-49, in the Patriot League Championship, the Eagles advanced into the First Round of the NCAA Tournament as the No. 14 seed, where they fell after a close battle against No. 3 seed UCLA, 71-60.
Gebbia took the reins of the AU women’s basketball program in 2013 and made an immediate impact on the program’s trajectory, leading the Eagles to a 22-10 record in 2013-14 to become the winningest first-year coach in program history. A finalist for the Spalding Maggie Dixon Division I Rookie Coach of the Year award, Gebbia led the Eagles to an at-large berth into the WNIT, the first postseason at-large berth for a program in Patriot League history. In just one year, Gebbia took a team that ranked fifth in the conference in scoring defense to one that ranked fifth in the nation for the same category. She also guided the development of three All-Patriot League selections in Alexis Dobbs, Jen Dumiak, and Arron Zimmerman.
Her success continued in 2014-15 as the team posted a 24-9 overall mark to set what was then a program record for single-season victories. By the end of the season, the team had won both the Patriot League regular-season and tournament titles and earned the program’s first berth into the NCAA Tournament as a No. 14 seed.
Gebbia currently holds an overall winning percentage of .594 (95-65) and is .689 (62-28) in regular-season Patriot League play.
In addition to leading the Eagles to success on the court, Gebbia mentored a long line of successful student-athletes in the classroom. AU claimed consecutive Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards during Gebbia’s first two seasons with the program with Alexis Dobbs (2014) and Jen Dumiak (2015). Lauren Crisler became the third player under Gebbia’s mentorship to earn the award in 2016, followed by Emily Kinneston in 2018. Dumiak also went on to earn the PL Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, as well as first team Academic All-America honors and recognition as the Division I-AAA ADA Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Gebbia has also coached 25 players to 45 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll selections.
Gebbia arrived at American after spending the previous 10 seasons at Marist College where she served as the associate head coach for her last seven seasons.
She aided in the development of 36 student-athletes who earned accolades in their career from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association, including 10 All-MAAC honorees and five major award winners. Gebbia was also part of eight straight and nine overall MAAC Championships. In 2006-07, Marist upset Ohio State and Middle Tennessee State on its way to the school’s first-ever Sweet Sixteen appearance. The team became just the third No. 13 seed in NCAA history to make it to the round of 16.
Prior to joining Marist, Gebbia served as an assistant at Wright State for the 2002-03 season and was in the same role at UMBC from 1996-2002. While at UMBC, she was responsible for signing two Street and Smith All-American honorable mentions, a conference Rookie of the Year and two All-Conference selections. She also served as an assistant at American under Jeff Thatcher for the 1995-96 season, during which the Eagles went 16-12.
Gebbia began her coaching career at her alma mater, Towson, where she served as team captain of the Tigers’ squad during her senior season. She is a native of Frederick, Md.
(Updated: Oct. 25, 2018)