Neathan Gibson

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Neathan Gibson
Personal information
Full name Neathan Gibson
Date of birth (1970-05-14) 14 May 1970 (age 47)
Place of birth Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Michigan Fire Juniors
Youth career
1991–1994 Lynn Fighting Knights
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994 San Jose Grizzlies (indoor)
1995–1996 Sarawak FA (19)
1997 IFK Norrköping (12)
1997–1998 Albirex Niigata (16)
1998–2000 MYPA (19)
2001 Colorado Rapids 8 (3)
2001 Rochester Raging Rhinos 12 (5)
2002 Des Moines Menace (11)
2004 West Michigan Edge 14 (3)
2010– Des Moines Menace 1 (0)
Teams managed
2002 Des Moines Menace (Assistant/player)
2003–2004 West Michigan Edge
2006– Ferris State University
2008 West Michigan Fire
2010– Des Moines Menace (Assistant/Boys DOC)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 June 2010.

Neathan Gibson (born 14 May 1970 in Bulawayo) is a Zimbabwen soccer player currently Coaching and Executive Director for Michigan Fire Juniors in Georgetown, Michigan.



Gibson played four years of college soccer at Lynn University, where he was a first team NAIA All-American and claimed Most Valuable Player Award laurels in the 1994 National Collegiate Senior Bowl. He also helped lead Lynn to the NAIA National Championship in 1991.


Gibson signed his first professional contract in 1994 when he signed with the San Jose Grizzlies of the Continental Indoor Soccer League. He later spent time playing in Malaysia with the Sarawak FA and in Japan with Albirex Niigata, before moving to Sweden where he played in the Allsvenskan for IFK Norrköping.

Gibson moved to Finland in 1998 and played two years in the Veikkausliiga for MYPA. MYPA finished third in the league in both years Gibson played, qualifying for the 2000 InterToto Cup, with Gibson setting a new club single-season goal scoring record with 20 goals.

Gibson played in Major League Soccer for the Colorado Rapids in 2001,[1] and also played for the Rochester Raging Rhinos winning the Championship title in the A-League before retiring from the Professional game.[2]

Gibson briefly came out of retirement in 2010 at the age of 40 when, having already been hired as head coach Laurie Calloway's assistant,[3] he agreed to join the playing roster of Des Moines Menace in the USL Premier Development League; he played his first game for the team on 18 June 2010 as a substitute in a game against Thunder Bay Chill, in which he tallied an assist and came close to scoring on several occasions.[4]

Coaching career[edit]

Gibson has extensive coaching experience, having coached youth boys and girls squads overseas in both Finland and Japan during his playing career. Gibson worked with the Des Moines Menace in the early 2000s prior to him being hired as the head coach for the West Michigan Edge of the USL Premier Development League from November 2003 to November 2004.

In 2006, Gibson accepted a head coaching job with Ferris State University in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in Big Rapids, Michigan. In his first year, Gibson directed the Bulldogs to a 7–11 overall mark along with a fifth-place GLIAC finish.


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