Hey, Coach!: This week we meet Charlemagne Gibbons, head coach of the Morgan Co. High School boys basketball team

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Gibbons speaks to his team. File photo

Gibbons speaks to his team. File photo

By Nick Nunn

Staff Writer

Charlemagne Gibbons was born in Montgomery, Ala. on Sept. 23, 1977. After graduating from Robert E. Lee High School in Montgomery, Coach Gibbons attended Auburn University at Montgomery, where he played for the basketball team and eventually returned for a Master’s Degree in Health and Physical Education.

On Dec. 17, 2008, Coach Gibbons was married to Tanya Jones Gibbons, and they have two daughters, Christa and Brea, who are 6 and 4, respectively.

Coach Gibbons has taught health and physical education at the Morgan County High School for seven years. During that time he has also coached basketball, and is the head coach of the MCHS boys’ basketball team.

What were some of the moments in your college basketball career that you are most proud of? CG: My senior year we won our conference and went to the national tournament.

Are your children interested in playing basketball? CG: They love to play as long as I’m not watching them. They play a lot with their mother. Do you ever play games of one-on-one with some of your athletes? CG: I still play every now and again. We have a lot of shooting competitions for old guys like who want shoot but no play defense.

What expectations do you have for the upcoming basketball season? CG: I expect us to keep building on our success. This year’s team will play faster than last years, and we won’t be as deep as last year. I feel we will probably be better with some of the young guys really growing up in addition to the very talented returnees.

What is something that your students and athletes would be surprised to know about you? CG: I started off as a business major and wanted to work on Wall Street before I decided to coaching. It was hard to imagine not having basketball in my life.

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