Honor from basketball coaches
Niberts Earn Guardians of the Game Award by NABC
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Presbyterian College head coach Gregg Nibert and his wife Peggy will receive the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Guardians of the Game award on Sunday, April 3, at the AT&T NABC Guardians of the Game Awards Show at the Cullen Theater at Wortham Center in Houston. The Niberts will accept the award for service, and are among four other recipients.
The recipients of this year’s Guardians of the Game Awards are Springfield College coach Charlie Brock, who will receive the Guardians of the Game Award for Advocacy presented by Marriott Rewards; Cal Tech coach Oliver “Doc” Eslinger, who will receive the Guardians of the Game Award for Education presented by Champion; former California and Rice coach Ben Braun, the recipient of the Guardians of the Game Award for Leadership, presented by Connor Sports; and the Niberts, who will receive the Guardians of the Game Award for Service, presented by Dove Men+Care.
Nibert just completed his 27th season as head coach at PC, one of the smallest schools in NCAA Division I. A two-time conference coach of the year, Nibert’s teams have enjoyed six 20-win seasons. This past season the Blue Hose won their last three of five games, including a 65-64 decision against Radford in the first round of the Big South Tournament, marking the first time PC has earned a postseason win in its brief Division I history.
The Niberts have accomplished much more over the last 10 years as foster parents for children suffering from the effects of abuse, neglect and substance abuse. In 2006, Peggy called Gregg and their sons, Shaun and Van, together to discuss her vision of taking children into their home to nurture and love until permanent homes could be found. Marcus was the first child cared for by the Nibert family and he lived with them from infancy until being placed for adoption two and a half years later. As difficult as it was to let go, Gregg and Peggy got a call two weeks later to care for another child, just the second of more than 35 children who have benefitted from the love, faith and generosity of the Nibert family.
More information about the Niberts and their work with foster children can be found at the link below:
About the National Association of Basketball Coaches
Located in Kansas City, MO, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest “Phog” Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today’s student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.org.