NORTH ANDOVER – Merrimack College announced on Monday afternoon that Director of Athletics Jeremy Gibson has signed a five-year contract extension.
“I said at my inauguration that joining Division I was a vital strategic goal for Merrimack, and Jeremy has been a key driver of that,” Merrimack President Christopher E. Hopey said in a statement. “Under Jeremy, Merrimack Athletics has achieved great things, and his leadership will keep that momentum unabated as we fully enter the Northeast Conference.”
Gibson has led Merrimack’s athletic programs for the past six years, overseeing Merrimack’s 24-sport, NCAA Division I and II varsity athletic department that has competed in the highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference (Division II) and Hockey East Association (Division I). He will continue to lead the department as it begins a four-year NCAA Division I Northeast Conference (NEC) reclassification this summer.
“I am deeply appreciative of President Hopey and Executive Vice President Jeff Doggett for this opportunity,” said Gibson, who joined Merrimack in 2013 after serving as the senior associate AD at Harvard. “I’m proud to continue my work with the fantastic student-athletes, coaches and athletic staff at Merrimack College as we charge forward into the NEC.”
Since Gibson’s arrival, Merrimack programs have combined to qualify for 29 NCAA Championships, and three of those appearances included trips to those sports’ respective national championship games. The highlight came last May when the men’s lacrosse team won the third national championship in school history in dominant fashion at Gillette Stadium, becoming the first team to do so in 24 years.
Merrimack has also won five NE10 regular season titles and 13 NE10 tournaments with Gibson at the helm — four of them in the 2018-19 academic year alone and seven in the past two years.
Rounding out athletics leadership, Merrimack has promoted Diane Metcalf to deputy athletic director, and hired Ciaran Cullen as associate director of athletics for external relations.