Last weekend, Clayton State men’s basketball coach Gordon Gibbons added another accolade to his standout coaching career.
Gibbons was named to the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches (FABC) “Court of Legends during a ceremony in Lakeland, Fla. He was among 10 other coaches inducted into the the FABC’s Hall of Fame, which included former NBA players Artis Gilmore and Otis Smith.
Prior to becoming the Lakers coach in 2001, Gibbons spent nearly 25 years on both the college and high school levels in Florida. He compiled a 246-65 record in 10 seasons at Florida Southern. he is the all-time winningest coach at Florida Southern, which he led to a Div. II Final Four appearance.
“It is an honor to be included into this prestigious group,” Gibbons said in a statement. “To be considered a part of Florida’s basketball tradition is the ultimate.”
Klute signs pro contract
Former soccer standout Chris Klute was promoted to the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer (MLS) after playing for the Atlanta Silverbacks of the North American Soccer League.
“This is the highest level of play a Laker (in the Major Leagues) has ever made, so we are proud to watch him on television,” Clayton State coach Pete Petersen said.
The Rapids are based in Commerce City, Colo., and Klute has been signed for the 2012-13 seasons.
Klute, a Texas native, transferred from Furman and played every minute of the Lakers 18 games at center defender. he was named to the NCAA Div. II All-Southeat Region team.
Adu Junuzovic, a transfer from Georgia Southern, is tied for 10th in the nation with a 1.17 goals per game average. He has scored seven goals in the Lakers first six matches this season. He opened his Laker career with a hat-trick against Pfeiffer.
He leads the Peach Belt Conference in goals scored and is second in the league with 17 points.
“Outstanding start out of the gates for Ado,” Petersen. “He looks great in the Orange and I think he’s going to have a wonderful next three years here! He is intense and goes north almost always. Good speed and ups and scores in big games as well.”