For more than a decade Clive Gibson has been working hard to establish Concordia rugby as a serious developmental program for elite athletes who aspire to play at the next level.
He joined the Concordia Stingers men's rugby program as an assistant coach in 1995 and took over the head coaching duties the following season. Since then Gibson has coached and/or managed both the men's and women's programs, successfully integrating the two and maximizing resources.
Concordia's five men's rugby provincial championships (1996, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2005) have all come under his leadership. Gibson has spear-headed several impressive projects, including bringing the Pacific Pride to Concordia for an exhibition game versus the Quebec university all-stars, organizing Eastern Canadian championships for men's university rugby and acquiring a scrum machine for the Stingers. He is also committed to developing rugby in the local community, offering clinics for and building links with local high school and CEGEP programs.
Gibson's rugby background includes a long-time association with the Beaconsfield Rugby Club, which he helped set up. He played as well as coached at Beaconsfield, and currently serves at secretary-treasurer on its board. He also served as a manager and coach of the Quebec junior team, participating in two Canada Summer Games. His latest project is the Rockhill Mini Rugby Club, a program for children aged three to 12 in Montreal's West Island, which he helped organize.
Gibson is a Level 3 NCCP certified coach in both rugby and wrestling.