Marvin Gibson, the assistant men’s sprints and hurdles coach with the LSU track and field program for the past six seasons, has accepted a position as an assistant coach for the sprints, hurdles and relays at Oklahoma on Monday.

While serving as one of LSU’s lead recruiters throughout his tenure in Baton Rouge, Gibson joined a staff under coach Dennis Shaver in 2005 as a volunteer assistant coach.

“It has been my pleasure and a great learning experience to have worked as an assistant coach with the LSU track and field program for the last seven seasons,” Gibson said. “However, with much gratitude for my opportunity here, I’ve been presented with a wonderful career opportunity at the University of Oklahoma. As an alumnus of this great university, I wish LSU track & field, and the LSU athletic family the very best in the future.”

“Over the past seven years, Marvin has been a tremendous asset to the LSU program. We wish him all the best in his new position,” Shaver said.

Basketball

PIPER RECEIVES CONTRACT EXTENSION: In Thibodaux, Nicholls State announced today that men’s basketball coach J.P. Piper has signed to a three-year contract extension.

The three-year deal is the first multi-year deal at Nicholls and will keep Piper in Thibodaux through the 2013-14 seasons.

“We want stability, consistency and competitiveness from our head coaches,” Nicholls Athletics Director Rob Bernardi said.

“Clearly J.P. has demonstrated those qualities in his coaching style and the play of his teams. We are confident that our basketball program will continue to progress under his leadership.”

“It is a privilege and an honor to represent Nicholls as its basketball coach,” Piper said. “My staff and I will continue to work hard to make our university and the local community proud of this basketball program.”

The extension comes on the heels of one of the more successful stretches in the program’s history. In the 2010-11 season Piper, a Baton Rouge native, led the Colonels to their third consecutive Southland Conference Tournament appearance, tying a school record.

The Colonels finished three games out of first place in a close Southland Conference regular-season race. The Colonels also defeated LSU and Tulane for the first time.

Piper also oversaw the development of Anatoly Bose into one of the top scoring threats in the nation. Bose finished his senior season by leading the Southland and ranking eighth among Division I players with a 22.1 point scoring average.

Piper took over the program before the 2004-05 season after serving as a Nicholls assistant. At time the program was under sanctions from an NCAA infractions case and had compiled 11 wins against 71 losses in the three previous seasons.