Douglas Gibbs

2010 Greater Flint Afro-American Hall of Fame Inductee
Category: Multiple Sports/Coaching

Parents: Maudie Head (mother) and Earl Gibbs (father)
Wife: Cheryl

Doug grew up on Flint’s north side and attended Fairview Elementary, Lowell and Bryant Jr. High. He graduated from Northwestern High where he ran track, played football and was a member of the wrestling team.

In high school Doug was co-captain of Northwestern’s All-State track team and was co-captain of the football and wrestling teams his senior year.

After high school, Doug attended the University of Michigan and was a member of the track team, earning the title of the University of Michigan’s first seven-foot high jumper.

At the University of Michigan, Dogu was the most competitive athlete on the track team. In 1976 he was a member of the Big Ten Triple Crown Championship track team. He was the 1977 Pen Relay’s collegiate high jump champion.

Doug was eight times collegiate conference medal winner and a two-time central collegiate conference champion.

Doug was coordinator of Special Olympics from 1979 to 1986. He organized and coached the People’s Choice Track Club in Ann Arbor in 1978. He was a Big Ten track official from 1977-2000. Doug coached the Flint City Women’s Volleyball League in 1983-84. From 1978 to 2003 he was a NCAA indoor track official.

In 1975 Doug was a baseball and softball official in the youth and adult division of the Ann Arbor Recreation Department.

During the summers of 1970 through 1972 Doug coached the Neighborhood Youth Care track and wrestling teams for Flint area schools.

Doug and his wife reside in the Flint area.