Bob Rueppel

Men's & Women's Swimming & Diving - Director of Natatorium

Phone: work802.443.5010
Alma Mater: St. Bonaventure '83
Years at Midd: 2

Rueppel is now in his second season at the helm of the men’s and women’s swimming programs as well as the director of the college’s natatorium. He came to Middlebury from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Penn., where he has served as the men’s and women’s coach since 2001.

During his 10-year run at F&M, Rueppel’s teams won 10 conference titles (seven men, three women) and broke nearly 90 school records. He coached three NCAA Champions, 37 All-Americans as well as five Academic All-Americans, while his teams earned Team Academic All-American honors for nine-straight years. His student-athletes won Centennial Conference individual titles 139 times, setting 55 Conference marks. Rueppel’s men’s team compiled a 44-10 mark in dual conference meets during his tenure, while the women were 53-10. He was named the Centennial Conference’s inaugural Coach of the Year in 2010.

Rueppel is a 1983 graduate of St. Bonaventure University, where he received a degree in business administration and management. He began his coaching career at his alma mater in 1983, taking over the reins of the women’s program until 1989. He worked as an assistant at Wright State University in Ohio from 1994-1995 before becoming the head men’s and women’s coach at Wittenberg University, also in Ohio, from 1995-2001. At Wittenberg, where he coached 33 All-Americans, his student-athletes broke 58 school records, and the team earned Academic All-American honors for six-consecutive seasons.

Diving Coach: Lisa Gibbs - sgibbsvt@aol.com
Gibbs begins her 16th season at Middlebury as head men’s and women’s diving coach. Since taking over the diving duties, Panther divers have gained national prominence. In 2001, Middlebury boasted its first NCAA diving champion in school history, Derek Chicarilli. Two years later, the women did the same as Tessa Truex captured a title. As a results, Gibbs was named the National Diving Coach of the Year in ’01, while earning NESCAC honors six times.

Gibbs competed as a collegiate diver and cheerleader for Syracuse from ’77-’81, where she earned her degree in nursing. After moving to Vermont, she began her coaching career at the University of Vermont as head coach from ’85-’96. As a competitive athlete and coach, she brings with her a wide assortment of experience to draw upon as she continues to lead the Panther divers.

As a mother of three, Gibbs balances her coaching responsibilities with her job as a neonatal intensive care nurse in Burlington, where she resides with her husband Scott.