09/19/2018 9:34 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 18, 2018
Contact: Zach Hibdon
Owner/Director of Scouting
Phone: (913) 387-7410
AthELITE expands its reach to the NAL with new partnership
Kansas City, MO – AthELITE Scouting has announced a new partner in the Columbus Lions out of the National Arena League for the 2019 season. The Lions have reached the championship game in each of the NAL’s first two seasons and have agreed to terms with AthELITE Scouting to expand their reach to talent in the Midwest and beyond. The Lions are currently the only team out of the NAL to partner with AthELITE Scouting.
The Lions out of Columbus, GA and Head Coach Jason Gibson have had tremendous success over the past 13 years, winning three division championships (2009, 2011, and 2016) and making five championship appearances while winning the championship in 2010, 2015, and 2016. Coach Gibson attributes his team’s success to honesty with his players, hard work, integrity, and the Lions’ fan base in Columbus as he is the second-longest tenured coach in indoor football. Gibson preaches the player first, team second mentality, drawing on his experience as a player to attract the best players who love the game of football.
“We’re excited to partner with Zach (Hibdon) and AthELITE” said Coach Gibson. “Zach knows the game and his contacts allow us to expand our scouting to the Midwest. At the end of the day I know Zach wants to help players and that is what we’re about here. It’s always good to network and establish connections with a quality company.”
Coach Gibson is the only coach since the inception of the Columbus Lions in 2006 and has coached three offensive players of the year (including the 2017 NAL Offensive Player of the Year, Michael Reeve), three defensive players of the year, two offensive rookies of the year, and one league MVP in his time as a head coach. Coach Gibson emphasizes work ethic and character on his football team which mirror the values held by AthELITE Scouting.
AthELITE Scouting was formed by Hibdon in 2017 after serving as the Head Strength Coach for the Kansas City Command in the AFL in 2012. Hibdon now runs a full service Pro Scouting Agency that helps players sign with professional indoor football teams, as well as helping current players generate exposure to larger leagues. AthELITE has partnered with NA3 Sports to create an NFLPA and CFLPA certified agency and currently serves as scouting director for the Duke City Gladiators, Iowa Barnstormers, Salina Liberty, and the Green Bay Blizzard.