by Pat Clifton

KANSAS CITY (Oct. 29, 2019) – The all-time leading scorer for the Comets has a new role – head coach. In his 10th year with the franchise, Leo Gibson will serve as both a player and the head coach. Gibson signed a three-year deal to lead the Comets through 2022. Per league and team policy, no more details of the agreement are available.

Gibson has served as a stalwart of the franchise since its rebirth in 2010. In that time, he’s scored more goals, accrued more points, bagged more assists and played more games than anyone to pull on a Comets uniform.

“When you think of who you want to represent your organization to the community in which you live, Leo Gibson personifies every quality imaginable,” said Comets managing partner Brian Budzinski.

“After numerous interviews with multiple candidates, I kept coming back to Leo. He understands the modern indoor game, he has a tireless work ethic, he is a man of faith, and he is respected beyond reproach by his peers. I can’t tell you how excited I am to officially announce Leo as the leader of the Kansas City Comets moving forward.”

“I feel honored. It’s something that I’ve dreamt of, so I was excited for the opportunity and the challenge,” said Gibson. “I’ve been around this team since they got back into the league in 2010, and I’ve worked with every coach that has been a part of this organization, and I feel like I’ve learned from them, and I’m looking to bring a little bit of different things I felt like were a success, and just my own experience.”

Gibson won’t be a one-man band, as he’ll be joined by an assistant coach, goalkeeper coach and strength and conditioning coach.  

“The challenge of a player/coach is something that’s not going to be easy, but it’s just something that I look forward to and figuring out how to balance it,” added Gibson.

“My goal is to prepare the team and make sure they’re ready to compete, to win, and to be a good representation of the organization on the field and off the field. Nothing short of that. Building a team that will have good chemistry and that will understand that our No. 1 goal is to represent this organization in the best possible way.”

The first chance to catch Gibson’s Comets on home turf is the Nov. 30 home opener against the St. Louis Ambush at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. For tickets and information call 888-9-COMETS (266387)