|James Bibbs - Lifetime Achievement Award for Retired Coaches - 2009|
Coach James E. Bibbs has been involved in instructing and coaching Track and Field nearly five decades. During his distinguished career he has coached on every level including High School, AAU Club sports, Collegiate, National and International Teams.
Coach Bibbs has coached 26 All Americans and 52 Big Ten Champions. Athletes of particular note include World Record holders Herb Washington and Marshall Dill, US Olympian Judy Brown, and US Olympic Head Women’s Coach Karen Dennis. He founded the Detroit Track Club winning five consecutive Women’s national relay championships. All Americans include Cheryl Gilliam, Pamela Sedwick ,Odessa Smalls, Elliot Tabron, Bob Castleman, and Molly Brennan.
His numerous honors include being named AAU Women’s Coach of the Year and induction into the Michigan Amateur Athlete and Eastern Michigan Halls of Fame. He was selected as a torch bearer for the 2000 Winter Olympics. The following year the James E. Bibbs high school football stadium at Ecorse High School was dedicated. Recent tributes include acceptance into the greater Lansing Sports Hall of Fame, Unsung Heroes Award and Citizen of the Year by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. The first annual Kevin Bibbs Gentleman of Distinction Award was bestowed on Coach Bibbs in 2003. The first annual James E. Bibbs Invitational Track Meet sponsored by the Lightening Lynx Track Club was held in 2006 to raise money for a Jim Bibbs scholarship.
His deep commitment to youth and passion for the sport has gained the respect and admiration of countless colleagues, athletes, parents and friends nation wide. Under his tutelage, coaching, encouragement and support, many student athletes have been empowered to excel athletically and academically.
Coach Bibbs retired as head Coach of Michigan State University in 1995. He continues coaching as a volunteer at East Lansing High School. He also serves as a volunteer instructor of Health and Physical education at the Black Child and Family Institute.
James E. Bibbs is known throughout the community as an ambassador for Spartan Sports. He is “green” through and through , a role model and mentor to children, youth and adults of all ages. He is a man of integrity and honesty who is never hesitant to share his love of Michigan State University , his talent and his considerable knowledge with others.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH - JAMES E. BIBBS
James E. Bibbs is Head Track Coach and Assistant Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University. His distinguished career as a coach extends over five decades. Coach Bibbs has experience and has excelled at the prep, club, and collegiate, national and international levels in Track and Field. During that time he has gained the respect and admiration of countless coaches, officials, colleagues, athletes, parents and friends. The affection and encouragement he gives to student athletes specifically and all young people in general reflect the depth of his contributions to his community. He continues coaching at East Lansing High School as a volunteer.
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James E. Bibbs is known throughout the community as a Spartan ambassador, role model and mentor to children, youth and adults of all ages. He is a man of integrity and honesty who is never hesitant to share his love for Michigan State University, his talent and his considerable knowledge with others all over.