March 24, 2004 - South East Hockey League (SEHL)
John Gibson of the Huntsville Channel Cats has been named the South East Hockey League Coach of the Year. The thirty-three year old native of Kingston, Ontario was chosen by a vote of the leagues head coaches, team front office personnel, and media representatives from each of the four league cities.
Gibson directed the Huntsville Channel Cats to the SEHL regular season championship, posting an outstanding record of 43 wins and only 13 losses. The Cats were equally impressive both on the home Von Braun Center ice and on the road. At home, the team posted a 22-6 record and on the road the Channel Cats were 21-7. Huntsville has earned a first-round playoff bye and will play for the SEHL playoff championship beginning April 1st.
This is John Gibsons first professional head coaching position. He played six seasons of professional hockey from 1995-2001, including five seasons with the Huntsville Channel Cats of the Central Hockey League. He played in a total of 352 games with Huntsville, Topeka, and Fayetteville in the CHL. Gibson also helped to lead the Huntsville Channel Cats to the CHL league championship in the 1998-99 season, and was a two-time CHL all-star. He played college hockey at the University of Western Ontario before turning pro.