Austin Peay hires former player and assistant Corey Gipson as new head coach

Corey Gipson, who spent this past season as the head coach at Northwestern State, has been hired as the new head coach at his alma mater, Austin Peay. Gipson went 22-11 with the Demons this year, a 13-win increase over the year before his arrival.

“We are so excited to welcome an Austin Peay champion back home to Clarksville as our men’s basketball coach!” AD Gerald Harrison said in a statement. “Not only is Corey an alumnus and a winner; he is a man that believes in the principles of the ‘Total Gov Concept.’ His life and career represent each of its tenets. I can’t wait for Coach ‘Gip’ and his staff to get to work energizing this community and adding the first banner to the new F&M Bank Arena!”

Gipson played for two seasons at APSU under Dave Loos and was part of two OVC titles, one NIT and one NCAA Tournament. He later worked under Loos as an assistant for three seasons (2012-15) before moving on to Missouri State (2015-22) and then eventually getting his first head coaching job at the Southland program last year.

“The cycle of life is such a dynamic process,” Gipson said in the release. “Sometimes, in life, you have to go back to where it all started. My family and I are very grateful to have the opportunity to return home. I would like to thank Dr. Licari and Gerald for their commitment and vision of reawakening the competitive pulse of the men’s basketball program.”


credit to Austin Peay Athletics for the image