Gilbride has led the Polar Bears to several postseason appearances, including four NCAA Tournament berths and has the best winning percentage of any men's basketball coach at Bowdoin and is the school's career wins leader.
Gilbride began his time at Bowdoin in the 1985-86 season, after serving as assistant men's basketball coach at American International College and head women's coach at his alma mater, Providence College. In his five years with Division II AIC, Gilbride was part of a team that had a cumulative record of 104-45. In 1985, AIC finished as NCAA New England Regional Champions with a 29-4 record and finished the season ranked third in the nation. As the head coach of the Providence College women, Gilbride had a career record of 82-27 and finished the 1980 season with a 22-7 record and a No. 16 national ranking.
Gilbride also served as the head men' soccer coach for the Polar Bears. In 1997 and 1998, Gilbride led the Polar Bear soccer squad to two straight trips to the NCAA tournament. In '98, Gilbride became the only coach in any division of the NCAA to lead both a men's soccer and a men's basketball team to the NCAA tournament.