Chuck GibsonTennis coach Charles Gibson began his association with Glendale College as a student in 1939 where he was captain of the tennis team. He came from a teaching family in Iowa. His parents went to South America in the 1920's as missionary teachers when Chuck was 2 years old. In Chile they founded schools and Chuck spent his early childhood there. His family moved to Glendale after the Depression.

Before attending Glendale College, Chuck was a student at Jefferson Elementary, Toll Junior High and Hoover High.

He earned an Associate degree at Glendale College and transferred to UC Berkeley where he earned his bachelors degree. He received his teaching and administrative credentials and Masters degree from USC.

Chuck joined the Air Force during WW II and became a radio operator on a B24 flight crew, flying 40 missions over the Central Pacific. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and six Air Medals.

Chuck GibsonWhen he returned he married Dotti Allcroft and started a family, settling in Glendale. He taught at Roosevelt High and taught and coached at Hoover High and Glendale College. During Chuck's years of coaching at GCC the team won the conference championship several times. He is credited with starting the Intramural Sports program at the college, helped develop the curriculum for studies in Ethnic Relations and served as president of the Glendale College Faculty Senate. He retired after serving the district for 38 years. All four of Chuck's children attended Glendale College.

He was coach and trainer of the Guatemalan Junior Davis Cup Team that won the South American Tournament in Bogota, Colombia. He spent nearly a decade as the head tennis pro at La Canada Country Club and was head tennis instructor for Glendale Parks and Recreation for more than 20 years. And Chuck is not just a great tennis coach he is still a great tennis player. He was winner of the National Senior Grass Court Doubles Championships; a finalist in the National Senior Indoor Doubles Championships, where he lost to Bobbie Riggs and Vic Seixas; and winner of the senior doubles championship and, with his wife Dotti, was mixed doubles champion in the World Senior Games.

Chuck GibsonHe has been the number one ranked senior doubles champion in Southern California and the number three ranked senior doubles champion in the United States. He still plays competitive senior tennis and is assistant men's tennis coach at a high school in Carlsbad, the city where he retired in 1984.
Last updated: 1/27/2009 3:38:43 PM