Program Coordinator Spotlight: Head Cross Country/Track & Field Coach – Gilbert Tuhabonye

Where did you go to college?
  • Abilene Christian University
What was a memorable college experience for you?
  • Chapel everyday at 11 AM. It was a way to stop everything, reflect, and connect with people
Where did you coach/work before St. Andrew's?
  • Gilberts Gazelles Running Group and Runtex
What do you enjoy most about working at St. Andrew's?
  • The people. Everyone is nice and welcoming
What is your favorite movie?
  • Ip Man series
What is your go to game day snack?
  • Water and fruit
What is a something positive that you have experienced or been able to do during the pandemic?
  • Have been to provide water to more than 100,000 people of Burundi
What is your favorite moment as a member of the SAS Athletic Staff?
  • Winning 5 consecutives SPC championships
Favorite Book?
  • One Thing by Gary Keller
Favorite Quote?
  • "It is easy to start a fire and  difficult to extinguish it." – Gilbert Tuhabonye
  • "Everyone is an athlete. The only difference is that some of us are in training, and some are not." – Dr. Georges Sheehan
Favorite sports to watch/follow outside of work?
  • track and field, basketball, Olympic handball, volleyball and football
What's your walk-up song?
  • Jerusalem (a unity song from South Africa)
Favorite vacation spot?
  • Europe (France or Italy visiting vineyards)
If you weren't working in athletics, what would you be doing?
  • Singing or music
What do you enjoy most about SPC?
  • SPC is the best conference to be in because it is small
If you could coach any sport (that you do not already coach) what would it be?
  • Anything besides football and basketball 
How many years have you been a coach/staff member at St. Andrew's?
  • 16
Do you have any unique pre or post game rituals?
  • I have a black good luck hoodie that I only wear during competition
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