Chris Kibler enters his third season as head coach of the Hiram College men's basketball program in 2016-17. Kibler also served as a Assistant Coach for the Terriers for three seasons, from 2010-13.
In just his first two seasons, Kibler has put Hiram on the map in one of the toughest conferences in all of Division III. He has led the Terriers to a 30-22 (.577) in his first two seasons and back-to-back season sweeps of Wittenberg.
In 2015-16, Kibler led Hiram to its best season since 1972-73, posting a 19-8 record and the program's best finish of third in the NCAC. In addition, the Terriers posted a 95-87 win over Kenyon for the program's first NCAC Tournament victory. For his efforts, Kibler was tabbed as NCAC Coach of the Year.
Kibler led the Terriers to a 11-14 overall record in his first season in 2014-15. The season included the best start for the program in 40 years and the first season sweep of Wittenberg in program history.
He spent the 2013-14 season as an assistant coach at NCAA Division II University of Charleston (W.Va.) and helped the Golden Eagles claim the inaugural Mount East Tournament Championship and make a third appearance in nine seasons in the NCAA D-II National Tournament after posting a 21-9 overall record.
In his previous stint at Hiram, Kibler was part of a coaching staff that led the Terriers to two appearances in the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament.
Prior to joining the Hiram coaching staff in 2010 as an assistant, Kibler spent a year at Lakeland Community College. He has also had coaching experience at Baldwin Wallace University for eight seasons (1996-98, 2003-09) and also spent five years at NCAA Division II Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania prior to his tenure at BW.
A 1994 graduate of BW, Coach Kibler helped the Yellow Jackets to a 123-69 record, including four Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament titles and three NCAA Division III Tournament appearances.
He also helped coach Gannon to a 107-37 record during his five years and four straight NCAA Division II Tournament appearances.
In addition to coaching at B-W and Gannon, Kibler served as an assistant coach at Centenary College in Hackettstown, New Jersey during the 1996-97 season. That season, he helped lead the Cyclones to a 16-9 record and the school's only NCAA affiliated post-season appearance. Coach Kibler also served as the Assistant Athletic Director.
Kibler is no stranger to success, as the teams he has coached have won a league championship in 10 of his 20 seasons.