Ross Gibson

Head of Coaching/Technical Director/

  • Date Joined: 22nd July 2021
I am a dedicated and driven UEFA and USSF qualified Coach who has accumulated a wealth of experience and amassed a portfolio of achievements within elite academy coaching through roles in England and the United States of America. I have also cultivated a portfolio of achievements and experience in NCAA Collegiate level through roles with Northwood University and Saginaw Valley State University.

Throughout my coaching career I have demonstrated a proven capacity in the development of young players and played a significant role in the progression of numerous players from professional academies to the first team environment. I have also contributed to tangible on-field success at NCAA Collegiate level and I possess the proven capacity to lead across all areas of training; first team and youth, player development, recruitment, and analysis.

I am meticulous in the planning and delivery of age-appropriate coaching sessions for academy players and I have utilized the advice and guidance of elite coaches to shape my own forward-thinking and innovative coaching philosophy.
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Continuous Professional Development:

CPD - England Men’s National Team Manager - Gareth Southgate: Selected to attend The FA’s CPD Coaching Clinic with England’s First Team Head Coach - Gareth Southgate.
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Testimonials:

“Ross worked as my Assistant Coach during our Conference Championship winning season. He provided a number of in-depth tactical, video & scout analysis reports on opponents that contributed greatly to our success as well as leading sessions that helped to greatly improve the squad’s performance. I can most definitely recommend him to help improve any team or organization” - Doug Carter: Head Coach, Northwood University / Olivet College

“Our club is one of the largest in the State of Michigan and has produced an array of highly skilled and elite soccer players. As our Technical Director, Ross has not only coached our U18/U19s at both Young Men & Women’s levels but has also helped to develop and facilitate a full Academy Curriculum for all of our teams from U10 right through to U19s.” - Matt Solek: Club President, Michigan Wolves/Hawks North

“I worked with Ross during my time at Scunthorpe United’s Pro Academy and I can honestly say he is a professional, tactically astute and well-respected coach. He showed great leadership qualities throughout his time at the club alongside a fantastic talent for analyzing the game and getting the best out of players. He is a rare breed that any club or organization would be lucky to have. At Scunthorpe United he has helped to deliver a diverse and varied academy curriculum. Ross has shown he is a knowledgeable and successful coach at all ages and proved himself to be a dynamic, efficient and effective coach. In addition to coaching, Ross has also helped to record and provide various pieces of footage and data for match analysis and has used his knowledge of Pro-Zone Matchviewer to great effect.” - Rob Watson: Lead Youth Development Phase Head Coach, Barnsley FC

“During his time at Hull City’s Premier League Academy Ross has worked with UEFA Pro License and UEFA A License coaches throughout his time here and developed a great rapport with staff, coaches and players. He consistently proved to be an extremely organized, efficient and capable coach with a great enthusiasm for the game.” - Neil Mann: Former Head of Youth Development, Hull City AFC
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Player Development:

Brandon Fleming: Defender coached and developed in Hull City AFC’s Academy who has progressed to their first team.

Joey Dawson: Striker developed in Scunthorpe United FC’s Academy; the club’s youngest ever player to make his first team debut when he played against Derby County FC in August 2019 at 16-years-old. Now at Celtic FC.

Dan Gallimore: Coached and developed in Scunthorpe United FC Academy, signed professional contract in May 2021.

Cameron Wilson: Joined Scunthorpe United FC U11 in 2013, signed first professional contract in May 2021.

NCAA Player Development:

• 21 All-GLIAC Players • 11 All-Region Honourees • 1 GLIAC Defensive Player of the Year
• 2 Daktronics All-Americans • 2 Academic All-Americans • 2 GLIAC Freshman of the Year

Tyler Channell: Coached and developed the striker who is Saginaw Valley State University’s all-time top goalscorer.

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Key Managers Worked With:

Gareth Southgate: FA CPD Select Coaching Clinic

Trevor James: Detroit City FC Head Coach

Andy Wagstaff: Flint City Bucks FC Head Coach
Ross Gibson

Qualifications/Accreditation

  • UEFA: A Licence (pending)

    UEFA
    A Licence (pending)
    2021

  • USSF: C License

    USSF
    C License
    2017

  • USSF: B Licence

    USSF
    B Licence
    2014

  • The Football Association: Professional Youth Academy License

    The Football Association
    Professional Youth Academy License
    2013

  • The Football Association: Advanced Youth Award

    The Football Association
    Advanced Youth Award
    2013

  •  Prozone : Statistical & Video Analysis  Level 1 & 2

    Prozone
    Statistical & Video Analysis Level 1 & 2
    2012

  • University of Hull: BA in Psychology, Teaching and Development

    University of Hull
    BA in Psychology, Teaching and Development
    2012

  • University of Hull: Master Post Graduate in Education

    University of Hull
    Master Post Graduate in Education
    2012

  • William Wilberforce College: BTEC Diploma in Moving Image/Video Editing

    William Wilberforce College
    BTEC Diploma in Moving Image/Video Editing
    2008

Career History

  • Detroit City FC

    Detroit City FC
    U23 Assistant Coach
    2020 – Present

  • Michigan Wolves/ Hawks North

    Michigan Wolves/ Hawks North
    Head of Coaching/Technical Director
    2019 – Present

  • Northwood University

    Northwood University
    Head of Recruitment/Men’s Assistant Coach
    2017 – 2020

  • Nationals Soccer

    Nationals Soccer
    Head Coach / Director of Youth Academy
    2016 – 2017

  • Northland United Soccer Club

    Northland United Soccer Club
    Director of Soccer Operations
    2014 – 2017

  • Freeland Force Soccer Club

    Freeland Force Soccer Club
    Director of Soccer Operations
    2014 – 2017

  • Saginaw Valley State University

    Saginaw Valley State University
    Men’s Assistant Coach
    2014 – 2017

  • Scunthorpe United FC

    Scunthorpe United FC
    Academy Head Coach
    2012 – 2013

  • Hull City AFC

    Hull City AFC
    Academy Head Coach
    2009 – 2012

  • North Ferriby United FC

    North Ferriby United FC
    U18 Performance Coach
    2008 – 2009

Key Achievements

  • Detroit City FC: 2021 Midwest Premier League champions
  • Detroit City FC: Assist and support the Head Coach in the design, delivery and evaluation of coaching sessions and training drills for the U23 squad in line with the NISA Professional League outfit Detroit City FC’s philosophy, ethos and player developm
  • Michigan Wolves/ Hawks North: Oversee all elements of coaching education within the club; organize coach education events to enhance the development of coaching staff with regard to effective soccer tactics, strategy and technical skills
  • Scunthorpe United FC: Monitored, managed and drove the performance and development of various age-group squads, including U14, U16 and U18, through tailored coaching in line with Scunthorpe United philosophy and player pathway strategies
  • Hull City AFC: Provided a visible point of leadership to manage the training and match day schedule of various age-group squads within the Academy system, playing a key role in the coaching, development and performance of the squads
  • Northwood University: Utilized contact network within the professional game to enhance the recruitment process of international players from European clubs, including Swansea City AFC, Hull City AFC and Barnsley FC
  • Northwood University: Contributed to the recruitment and talent identification process for domestic players from leading youth soccer clubs within the region, including Nationals, Michigan Wolves, Michigan Jaguars and Vardar
  • Northwood University: 2018 GLIAC Tournament Finalists, 2017 GLIAC Conference Champions & 2017 GLIAC Tournament Semi Finalists
  • Saginaw Valley State University: Liaised with and worked in conjunction with the Head Coach to deliver coaching sessions and training drills
  • Saginaw Valley State University: 2015 GLIAC Conference Runners-Up, 2015 GLIAC Tournament Finalists & 2015 NACC Tournament Round Two

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