@Gibbs_BW_JT @CoeAlumni April 24

My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.

The plan for starting my blog back in 2014 was at the urging of fellow coaching colleagues to share posts on leadership and/or motivation. Somehow that idea got derailed and turned into daily posts on one theme for an entire year.

In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and for 2017 I will focus on “Colleges and Universities”.

I have been associated with colleges since I was 18 and I love them. I have coached/worked at four different universities and in my professional and personal travels visited 100’s more. Each college has something in its history that I want to share that to me make it unique or personal.

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Name of University: Coe College

Location: Cedar Rapids Iowa

In 2006 I was the Athletic Director at UNC Pembroke and had to hire a college wresting coach. I hired a man named Jamie Gibbs who had wrestled at Coe College in Iowa. In 2011 Jamie left UNC Pembroke and went on to Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio where he is today.

Photo below is of Jamie his wife and two sons.

jamie and his family

While Jamie was at UNC Pembroke he led the Braves to top 25 finishes at the NCAA national tournament in four of his five seasons. He watched our program have enough success to earn an invitation to the prestigious NWCA National Duals. During Jamie’s five-year tenure, the Braves have had 16 national qualifiers and seven all-Americans.

Before hiring Jamie I did not know much about Coe College.

Some fast fact about Coe College

  • It claims the shortest name of any American institution of higher education, but the school has actually carried five titles through its history.
  • Rev. Williston Jones founded the college in 1851, he called it The School for the Prophets.
  • In 1853, while Jones was canvassing churches in the East for money to send three of his students to Eastern seminaries, a Catskills farmer named Daniel Coe stepped forward with a pledge of $1,500 and urged Jones to start his own college in the frontier town of Cedar Rapids.
  • Jones used Daniel Coe’s money to purchase two downtown lots for the school and 80 acres of farmland on what was then the edge of town. The farm would evolve into today’s campus.


Today Coe has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,416, and it sits in the city of Cedar Rapids Iowa, and the campus size is 65 acres.

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