Gibb leaving Mariner for rival Jackson | Girls basketball

By David Pan | May 09, 2018
Corey Gibb

After 11 years as the head coach of the Mariner girls basketball team, Corey Gibb is ready to take on a new challenge.

Gibb was named the new girls basketball coach at Jackson High School, which is located about two miles east of Mariner.

“It was a fun 11 years,” Gibb said of his time with the Marauders. “It was a joy to see the program grow and be very successful.”

Mariner advanced to the playoffs the last three season and posted two victories in the district tournament earlier this year, the first district wins in at least 20 years.

Gibb said that the leadership of seniors Hannah Hezekiah and Denisa Grebovic played a major role in Mariner’s playoff success this year.

“It was nice to go in and get some wins,” Gibb said.

The Marauders placed fifth in the league with a 7-7 record, and were 15-10 overall. Gibb was named the Coach of the Year.

Mariner graduates four players but will return second-team, all-league standout Taliyah Clark.

“They have a good group of girls,” Gibb said. “The kids will play hard.”

Gibb coached at Arlington High School for four years prior to taking over the Mariner program.

Gibb is replacing Duane Morris, who guided the Timberwolves to a third place finish in the league. Mariner defeated Jackson in the first round of this year’s district tournament.

“I’m leaving Mariner on good terms,” said Gibb, who will continue to teach at North Lake Middle School in Lake Stevens. “I just wanted to try something new.”

Jackson returns the core of its roster, including first-team, all-leaguer Olivia Skibiel and second-team, all-leaguer Megan Mattison, who both were on the seven-member panel that Gibb met with during the hiring process.

“They have their top two, three girls coming back,” Gibb said. “We’ll need to fill in some spots. I anticipate having another good year. They have a lot of experience. … I’m looking forward to an exciting season with them.”

One of the questions posed during the interview process was Gibb’s plans and goals for the program.

Gibb indicated that a top priority will be to buck the trend of lower overall turnout numbers in the Wesco 4A.

“With a school of over 2,000 kids it would be nice to get some more girls out and continue the rich tradition,” Gibb said.

Gibb also said he plans to reach out to parents, administrators, players and the Jackson community to see where they want the program to go in the future.

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