Mike Gibson Named as U.S. Biathlon Senior Team Coach

by Sara Donatello

Midway, UT - To support the continued growth of U.S. Biathlon’s development programs, Mike Gibson has assumed the newly-created position of senior team coach. Gibson, a retired professional biathlete with the Craftsbury Green Racing Project, has built a highly successful career as a biathlon coach, as well as a designer and inventor.

Gibson’s role will manage U.S. Biathlon National Development Group training camps, providing support to athletes, and will be working alongside U.S. Biathlon staff internationally during the race season. He will work closely with High Performance Director Lowell Bailey, National Team Head Coach Armin Auchentaller and Assistant Coach Emil Bormetti.  

“We are thrilled to welcome Mike to U.S. Biathlon as the newest member of our coaching staff,” said U.S. Biathlon President & CEO Jack Gierhart. “He is a seasoned professional that has already made significant contributions to the organization. Mike knows our athletes, our programs and community, and is the perfect person to add depth to our coaching staff to help our athletes reach their true potential and our team achieve our goals. We are really excited to be working with him as we head to the 2026 Olympic Winter Games.” 

U.S. Biathlon’s 2030 goal of sustained competitive excellence is only possible if there is athlete depth. The newly implemented national development group, launched this summer, named 14 athletes who receive increased resources, coaching and training opportunities. The national development group provides senior athletes who did not meet national team criteria a training pathway to advance to the next level.  

As former athlete-turned-head biathlon coach of Craftsbury Outdoor Center’s Green Racing Project team, Gibson brings over a decade of biathlon experience, seven of those years coaching elite level athletes, and a deep understanding of the sport and how to train athletes to reach their full potential. In addition to his coaching experience, Gibson has a background in mechanical engineering and is an accomplished designer and inventor.

“I’m honored to take on the role of Senior Team Coach,” said Gibson. “My journey with the Craftsbury Green Racing Project has been incredibly rewarding, and I’m eager to bring that experience to the US Biathlon Team and contribute to the improvement and success of the U.S. Olympic biathlon program.”

“Mike is a great addition to our talented coaching staff,” said U.S. Biathlon Director of High Performance Lowell Bailey. “He brings a wealth of experience from his years as an elite-level coach at virtually every level of the sport. I have no doubt that our athletes will benefit tremendously from his coaching experience.”