Chris Kibler enters his sixth season as head coach of the Hiram College men's basketball program in 2019-20. Kibler also served as a Assistant Coach for the Terriers for three seasons, from 2010-13.
In 2018-19, Kibler coached the team to a 12-14 (9-9 NCAC) record. Along with a playoff run to the NCAC Tournament Quarterfinals, the team swept Denison, DePauw, Allegheny, and Kenyon in conference play, finishing with the second best conference record (9-9) in Kibler's tenure to date
In 2017-18, he led Hiram to a 15-11 record. The program made it all the way to the NCAC Tournament Quarterfinals. In addition, Hiram swept Kenyon, Ohio Wesleyan, and Alleghany (Pa.) in conference play, beating four nationally-ranked opponents.
In just his first two seasons, Kibler 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 earned their first national and regional ranking, beat No. 4 Ohio Wesleyan and 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 Baldwin Wallace, 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 Baldwin Wallace 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 he has won a league championship in 10 of his 25 seasons as a coach.