HEAD COACH/ DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL OPS
Jason Gibson is entering his seventh season as the Head Coach/Director of Football Operations of the Columbus Lions. The Lions are 60-26 under Gibson and 7 straight playoffs appearances. Last season the Lions offense continued its success. Lion's QB Randy Hippeard led the league in every passing catagory. Despite starting the season with 16 rookies on the 20 man roster, the Lions still maintained their playoffs streak. In 2011, Gibson led the Lions to the SIFL Southern Division title and an 11-1 regular season record. For the second straight season the Lions lead the league in All-SIFL 1st team selections. In 2010, Gibson won the SIFL Championship. It was the first Championship for the Lion's organziation. The Lions swept the league awards as Chris McCoy won offensive player of the year, Damian Daniels won defensive player of the year, and Trey Crum won special teams player of the year. Coach Gibson's offense continued their success by leading the league in scoring (61.7 ppg), passing offense (255 ypg),and total offense (279 ypg). The Lions also yielded the fewest turnovers on offense (18). According to Gibson, the defense is the reason for their success in 2010. The Lions finished the season #1 in scoring defense (34.6), #1 in sacks (32), and most importantly #1 in turnovers with an amazing (49) takeaways. The Lions defense has had (102) takeaways in a two year span. Six players from the Lions 2010 championship team have signed contracts with the Arena Football League for 2011.
In 2009, the Lion finished 11-3 while capturing the southern division title. The Lions finished the season ranked 3rd in scoring offense, 2nd in scoring defense, and lead the league with 53 takeaways. Recruiting was a key factor in 2009 as Gibson was able to sign former AFL stars Carlos Martinez K, Troy Bergeron WR (Currently with the Atlanta Falcons), Eric Johnson LB, and Branden Hall OL.
In 2008, the Lions finished 10-4. Gibson directed an offense that finished in the top 4 in almost every offensive catagory. The Lions were #1 in Red Zone offense (87.8%), #1 in passing offense (226.6ypg), and #2 in scoring offense (54.9 ppg). Two Lion players signed AFL contracts midseason (Monreko Crittenden OL, LA Avengers and Anthony Merritt WR, Colorado Crush).
In 2007, Gibson posted a league best 10-4 record and hosted the league championship game. Under Gibson, the Lions were the only team in the league with a winning road record (4-3) while posting a (6-1) record at home. Eight Lions players earned first team selections including both co-defensive players of the year Damian Daniels and Jauron Dailey. For his efforts, Gibson was selected as the WIFL coach of the year.
In 2006, Gibson led the now defunct Chattahoochee Valley Vipers to an 8-6 record and a playoff birth. Gibson continued his winning ways at home with a 6-1 record while he also coached current L.A. Avenger (AFL) Brandon Hall. Gibson began his arena coaching career in 2004 as the offensive coordinator for the Greensboro Prowlers (AF2). His offense, lead by AFL Star and former Kansas City Chief Bobby Sippio, ranked in the top five averaging 51.6 points per game.
Gibson has seven years of high school football coaching experience. He served two years as the QB/WR coach at Calvert High School in Prince Frederick, MD. One year as the quarterback/wide receiver coach at Dudley High School in Greensboro, NC. Two years as offensive coordinator at Western Guilford High School and two years as head coach at Eastern Guilford High School. His efforts at Eastern earned him the Carolina Panthers 2004 NFL High School Football Coach of the year. He spent 1997 as the wide receiver coach for Fairmont State University.
Gibson began his football career as a quarterback at Calvert (Md.) High School in Calvert. He went on to play at Fairmont State University (W.V), as a Quarterback but moved to wide receiver for his sophomore through senior years. In his senior year, despite missing 2 games to injury, Gibson finished seventh in the nation in receiving touchdowns while garnering all-conference honors and leading the conference in scoring. His single-season touchdown receptions mark of 18 still stands in the Fairmont State record book.
His professional career includes stints with the BC Lions and Toronto Argonauts in the Canadian Football League, and the Marburg Mercenaries in the GFL Europe where he led the league with 24 receiving touchdowns. Gibson began his Arena career with the Greensboro Prowlers of AF2. He is the all-time leader in receptions, TD’s, yards, and second all-time in interceptions in Greensboro history.
Gibson received a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice/Spanish from Fairmont State University in 1996. He received his education degree from North Carolina A&T University in 2005.
A native of Huntingtown, MD, Gibson is married to the former Sarah Blanton of Phenix City, AL and now resides in Phenix City, AL. They have two sons, Gunnar and Jett.
Josh Resignalo, known to most players as Coach Res, will be the Columbus Lions 2013 defensive coordinator and brings experience of having played Indoor Football as a Quarterback for the Raleigh Rebels, Carolina Speed, and the Florence Phantoms. He's been an Indoor Football Head Coach for the Huntington Hammer and the Harrisburg Stampede. Coach Resignalo has coached Professional, college, and high school football. He has performed duties of Position Coach, Coordinator, Head Football Coach, player personnel for the AFL Tulsa Talons, and General Manager. Coach Resignalo has worked a network of contacts in the coaching world that can be used to help players to achieve their goals.
Coach Resignalo is no stranger to challenges and leading men. As a former United States Marine Corp combat veteran, he fought two tours of duty in the Iraq war. He is married, and he and his amazing wife, Angela, have a beautiful daughter, Shaelyn, and newborn son, Caleb.
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