WASHINGTON – As the American University women's basketball team continues its path to a historic season, Head Coach Megan Gebbia is making her mark in the history books in her own right as one of seven inductees into the YMCA of Frederick County Alvin G. Quinn Sports Hall of Fame.
The 42nd annual YMCA of Frederick County Alvin G. Quinn Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on Saturday, Feb. 3, at 6 p.m. at the Downtown YMCA in Frederick, Md.
"I am incredibly honored to be a part of Frederick County history in this way," Gebbia said. "This was never anything I ever expected, and it is certainly not something I could have achieved on my own.
"I just feel so lucky to have grown up in Frederick County – the coaches I had growing up shaped me into the coach I am today, and I am so grateful to them."
This is one of many memorable moments that have already come this season for Gebbia, as she leads the Eagles in one of their most successful runs. The team is currently 13th in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 national poll, and has built one of the program's top win streaks at 11-0 overall, 10-0 in the Patriot League.
"We are tremendously excited that Coach Gebbia is being inducted into the Frederick County Sports Hall of Fame," said Dr. Billy Walker, the director of athletics and recreation. "Megan was a great player in her own right, but most important to us at American University is the impact she has on our student-athletes as a superb role model and mentor. Frederick County definitely made the right selection, and we could not be more proud."
A native of Frederick, Md., Gebbia graduated from Middletown High School as a Maryland 2A State Champion before going on to a collegiate career at Towson University (1990-94). While with the Tigers, she was the 1992-93 team Most Valuable Player and earned the Big South Conference Three-Point Shooter of the Year award her senior season. She graduated in 1994 with a degree in psychology.
Gebbia's coaching career started at her alma mater, where she was a part-time assistant coach from 1994-95 before joining the staff at American University as an assistant during the 1995-96 season. She went on to serve as an assistant coach at UMBC from 1996-97, then at Wright State during the 2002-03 season before getting hired as the associate head coach at Marist College in 2003.
She spent 10 seasons at Marist, helping guide the team to nine NCAA Tournament berths, including eight consecutive tournament runs from 2005-2013. Within that eight-year stretch was the program's first Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2007.
Gebbia returned to American as its 13th head women's basketball coach in 2013 and made an immediate impact, leading the team to a 22-10 record and an at-large berth into the WNIT. The winningest first-year coach in program history, Gebbia was also chosen as a finalist for the Spalding Maggie Dixon Division I Rookie Coach of the Year award in 2014.
Her success continued in the 2014-15 season, as she was selected as the Patriot League Coach of the Year after guiding the team to a program record for single-season victories at 24-9 overall. A 10-0 record in February launched the team to a historic run through the Patriot League Tournament which closed with the program's first Patriot League Tournament title and first berth into the NCAA Tournament.
In her four years at the helm of American's program, Gebbia has mentored 39 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll selections, 11 All-Patriot League players, one Patriot League Player of the Year, one Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, three Patriot League Scholar-Athletes of the Year and four All-Tournament Team honorees.
Two of her student-athletes, Jen Dumiak and Lauren Crisler, also earned national recognition as selections to the Division I-AAA ADA Scholar-Athlete Team. Dumiak also earned a First Team Academic All-America honor while Crisler was a CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree.
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