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Head Coach Megan Gebbia returns for her fifth season at the helm of the American University women’s basketball team after continuing to establish the Eagles as one of the top contenders in the Patriot League during the 2016-17 season.
Gebbia led the Eagles to a 15-16 overall record 11-7 in the conference, and a qualification into the Patriot League Tournament semifinal round last season, where the Eagles fell to the eventual champion, Bucknell. Individually, Gebbia mentored two All-Patriot League selections in junior Emily Kinneston (Second Team, All-Defensive Team) and sophomore Cecily Carl (Third Team). The 2016-17 season also saw the program’s fourth Patriot League Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year in senior Lauren Crisler.
Gebbia took the reins of the AU women’s basketball program in 2013 and immediately made an 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.
American finished tied for second in the Patriot League regular season, registering a 14-4 mark in conference play and advancing to the conference semifinals. 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 in 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 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 that laid the foundation for the Eagles’ historical tournament performance.
For her team’s success, Gebbia was voted the 2015 Patriot League Coach of the Year while two of her players – Dumiak and Shaquilla Curtis – were tabbed as the PL Player of the Year and PL Defensive Player of the Year, respectively. Dumiak was also a first team all-league selection while Zimmerman and Michelle Holmes each earned third team all-league honors.
Gebbia currently holds an overall winning percentage of .543 (69-58) and .638 (46-26) in regular-season Patriot League play.
In addition to leading the Eagles to success on the court, Gebbia has also guided players who have excelled in the classroom. AU claimed consecutive Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards during Gebbia’s first two seasons with the program as Dobbs claimed the award in 2014 and Dumiak in 2015. Crisler became the third player under Gebbia’s mentorship to earn the award in 2016. Dumiak 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 23 players to 39 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 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.