Former Penn Hills and University of Pittsburgh standout Demond Gibson will be among 10 honorees at the 26th annual Penn Hills Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet April 23 at Churchill Valley Country Club in Penn Hills. Other inductees include Dave Bittner, Larry Braun, Jill Catone-Vecchio, Bob Crossey, Erin Milfeit-Richmond, Janet Palmieri-Parks, Sergio Pampena, Steve Price and Kevin Romango.
Gibson was born May 25, 1977 in Pittsburgh. His parents, Lynn and James Dillingham, raised him in a very structured and religious home. Gibson was involved in the church and became fond of the drums early on resulting in him playing now for over 20 years. He has always been an athlete participating in baseball, basketball and football. However, his love for football took center stage and became his main focus.
His high school career began at Penn Hills Sr. High in 1993 under head coach Neil Gordon. As a sophomore, Gibson earned a starting position as a defensive tackle and offensive guard. As a senior, he was a captain on the 1995, 15-0 State Championship Team. He received many honors from his playing days at Penn Hills including 3-time All Conference, Fabulous 22, Street & Smith’s Top 10 Players in the country, Lions Club Player of the year, Kiwanis Club Citizen of the year, Team Captain in Big 33 Football Classic, and Runner-up Pizza Hut Pennsylvania Player of the Year.
Gibson was highly recruited by many Division I colleges and accepted a full scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh. As a freshman, he started at defensive tackle and was a four-year letterman. He played in 48 straight games as a Panther and led the Panther D-Line his junior and senior years with 70+ tackles. As a senior, Gibson was a Dapper Dan honorary, named to the 1999 All Big East team, and the Defensive Lineman of the year. He received his greatest honor by playing in the final Pitt game in Pitt Stadium in which the Panthers defeated Notre Dame. One of his greatest achievements, however, was receiving his bachelor of science in communications from the university.
Gibson went on to enjoy a five-year professional career with three major leagues: NFL (New Orleans Saints), CFL (Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Toronto Argonauts) and AFL (Orlando Predators, Buffalo Destroyers, Columbus Destroyers).
Gibson currently lives in Penn Hills with his wife, Cerise, and two children, Demond Jr., 11, and Mariah, 4. He is entering his seventh season as Penn Hills Indians defensive line coach and co-defensive coordinator.