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It took only one year at the helm of the American University women’s basketball program for Head Coach Megan Gebbia to cement herself in the AU history books. Since her arrival in 2013, Gebbia has brought AU to new heights on the national stage, most notably in 2014 when she made history with the program’s first Patriot League Tournament title and NCAA Championships berth.
Now entering her fourth year with the Eagles, Gebbia has already established a legacy of successful student-athletes, having mentored the development of two NCAA Woman of the Year nominees, two Patriot League Players of the Year, an ECAC Division I All-Star, two All-Patriot League First Team players, a Patriot League Tournament MVP and four Patriot League All-Tournament Team selections. In recognition of these successes, Gebbia was recognized as a finalist for the 2014 Spalding Maggie Dixon Division I Rookie Coach of the Year award and earned the Patriot League Coach of the Year in 2015.
Gebbia’s student-athletes have also excelled in the classroom, earning CoSIDA Academic All-American First Team and Division I-AAA ADA Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors, two consecutive Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards, an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, an American University President’s Award honoree, and 26 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll selections.
“Coach Gebbia has clearly proven herself as an outstanding coach, but more importantly, she has demonstrated her vast ability as a leader, mentor and role model for our student-athletes,” said Dr. Billy Walker, American University Director of Athletics & Recreation. “There’s no doubt in my mind that the future is bright for AU Women’s Basketball.”
Gebbia arrived at AU for the 2013-14 campaign and quickly established herself as one of the greats in AU coaching history, becoming the winningest first-year coach in program history (22-10 overall). American finished the season tied for second in the Patriot League regular season play, registering a 14-4 record in the conference and advancing to the tournament semifinals.
In just one year, Gebbia took a team that ranked fifth in the conference in scoring defense to fifth in the nation for the 2013-14 season. She also helped develop 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 record to set a program record for single-season victories. Despite a slow start to the season, the Eagles turned things around in time for the start of their conference schedule, posting a 16-2 record in the Patriot League to claim the regular-season title. AU’s run through the league included a 10-0 record in the month of February, which laid the foundation for the Eagles’ historical tournament run.
A victory over Lehigh secured the program’s first-ever Patriot League Tournament title and advancement into the NCAA Tournament as a No. 14 seed.
Gebbia currently holds an overall winning percentage of .563 and .648 in regular-season Patriot League play.
Gebbia arrived at American after spending the previous 10 seasons at Marist College, serving as the associate head coach for her last seven seasons. While there, she aided in the development of 36 student-athletes who earned accolades throughout their careers from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and the Metropolitan Writers Association, including 10 All-MAAC honorees and five major award winners. Gebbia was also a part of eight straight, nine overall, MAAC Championships. In 2006-07, Marist upset Ohio State and Middle Tennessee State en route 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, and served as team captain of the Tigers’ squad during her senior season. She is a native of Frederick, Md.