Christopher Kibler

Head Cross Country and Track & Field Coach; Senior Lecturer in Physical Education and Athletics
Track and Field.

Kibler came to Mount Holyoke after serving as the head cross country and track & field coach at Keystone College. He oversaw all aspects of coaching and team operations, including developing effective, individualized training plans and organizing all aspects of recruiting. Kibler also served as the strength and conditioning coach at Keystone during this time, designing functional training plans for all sports, as well as conducting assessments for athletes.

Kibler served four years as the associate head coach of cross country and track & field at his alma mater, Fitchburg State from 2012 till 2016. During that time, he created personalized training for each athlete, organized recruiting efforts, while also leading and supervising practice and strength workouts. In addition to his coaching role, Kibler has served as an adjunct professor in the exercise and sports science department at Fitchburg State since 2015.

During the 2018 campaign, Kibler helped navigate the Lyons to a number of outstanding finishes, placing top-10 in six meets, while finishing 17th in the seventh race of the season. Highlighting the schedule was a third-place finish at the James Earley Invitational at Westfield State. The Lyons went on to earn fourth at the Seven Sisters Championship, aided by a 12th-place and All-Tournament Team finish by sophomore Simone Jacob. Following a sixth-place spot at the NEWMAC Championships, MHC posted 17th overall at the NCAA New England Regional Championship. In a field of 57 teams, the Lyons recorded their best finish in over a decade as five of the team's seven runners were in the top-150 in a field that featured over 400 runners. Academically, the Lyons continued to perform strong as seven student-athletes were named to the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference Team.

In his first season at the helm, Kibler guided the cross country team to four top-10 finishes over six meets during the fall season. Highlighting the year was a seventh place finish at the Seven Sisters Championship (6k), followed by a 10th-place finish at NEWMAC's. MHC also took 39th overall at the NCAA New England Regional Championship. Academically, the Lyons shined as nine student-athletes were named to the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference Team, which was second-most among the conference schools, and just two honorees behind MIT.

In addition to being a certified strength and conditioning specialist, Kibler is also Level 1 certified by USA Track and Field. He is also a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, as well as the American College of Sports Medicine.

Kibler graduated Magna Cum Laude from Fitchburg State in 2012, earning his Bachelor's degree in Exercise and Sports Science. He was awarded his M.B.A. in management from FSU in 2015, while also earning his certificate in massage therapy from the New Hampshire Institute of Therapeutic Arts in 2013.

Coach Kibler's Personal Bests:

800m - 1:53.6
1 mile - 4:07.2
3000m - 8:28.9
5000m - 14:27.2

Recent Awards

Voted the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year (2019). The team placed second in the conference championship, its highest placement since 1992. The team went on to place seventh in the NCAA Regional Championship hosted at Bowdoin College, just missing qualification for the NCAA National Championship by five points.