Tae kwon do team continues to grow, set higher standards
October 6, 2017 | Lynchburg, Va.
With a record 37 men's and women's competitors on the 2017-18 roster, Liberty University's tae kwon do team has great expectations for its upcoming season.
"I've been so excited with the growth of the team," Liberty third-year Head Coach Tom Childress said. "That's just amazing and more than fulfills what I had hoped for when I started with the team a few years ago. We want to build something really special here that we can go out there and rival the big schools. When we go out and compete against West Point and Cornell and Duke and these really big schools that have a long history and tradition of very fine programs, we want to be competitive."
The fall season features three tournaments in November — at Cornell (N.Y.) University on Nov. 5; at the Atlantic Collegiate Alliance of Taekwondo (ACAT) Fall Tournament hosted by North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Nov. 11; and at Brown (R.I.) University on Nov. 19.
The Flames and Lady Flames are training out of a new facility that they share with Liberty's men's and women's wrestling teams in the former Macy's building in River Ridge Mall.
"My coach did a great job working with me and giving me the right tools in order to succeed," said sophomore Wesley Angerville, who won his yellow belt division at the National Collegiate Taekwondo Association (NCTA) national championships in San Diego. "Coming into this year, I'm hoping to be better than the national champion that I was last year and hopefully bring home another (title) for Liberty."
Sadie Newton, a senior black belt for the Lady Flames who is working with Childress as an assistant coach this season, believes Liberty has potential to improve on its team-record eight national medalists when the NCTA championships returns to the East Coast next spring.
"We had a lot of success in San Diego and I know that based on how we've picked up our training and expanded our team … I'm really excited to see who medals and know everyone can as long as they work hard," she said. "Coach (Childress) and I agree on this that you're successful as long as you try your best and that you do better than you did last time."