Club Sports Staff Directory

Academics

Phone: (434) 592-5586

Fax: (434) 522-0549

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Phone: (434) 592-5586

Email: semorris2@liberty.edu

Sarah Kelly Director of Academic Advancement

Liberty University '12
08/1/2014

Sarah Kelly is a graduate and current employee of Liberty University as the Academic Coordinator of Club Sports. She graduated from Liberty in 2012 earning an Exercise Science degree. She coached for Club Sports for 2 years and in doing so found her passion for improving the academics of her students. Last year she started developing the Academics Program further, fully establishing Study Hall and tutoring for Club Sports athletes.

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Phone: (434) 592-3472

Email: dbholland@liberty.edu

Donna Holland Assistant Director of Academic Advancement

Washington Baptist Teachers College
01/2003

Donna Holland, a California native, graduated from Washington Baptist Teacher’s College with a degree in Elementary Ed and taught for 15 years in Sacramento, California. 

Her and her husband, Darren, moved to Lynchburg in 2003. She started working in the Registrar’s Office, moved after a few years into the College of Applied Studies and Academic Success, and then transitioned into Club Sports as the Assistant Director of Academic Advancement. Her husband is the pastor of Discover Church and Donna leads a weekly ladies Bible Study and works with the kid’s program. 

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Phone: (434) 582-3217

Email: erhalvorson@liberty.edu

Emily Hughes Compliance Coordinator

Liberty University '15
8/14/2017

Emily Halvorson is a graduate and current employee of Liberty University as the Compliance Coordinator for Club Sports. Emily graduated in May of 2015 with a degree in Communication: Advertising and Public Relations. Now, she is in the pursuit of her master’s degree in Strategic Communication. She is the Assistant Coach for the Women’s Synchronized Figure Skating team and loves being able to work with athletes and their coaches through Club Sports Academics.

 

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Phone: (434) 582-2096

Email: jchung3@liberty.edu

Jonathan Chung Academic Research Coordinator and Strength Coach

B.S. Exercise Science: Pre-Professional
M.A.T. Secondary Education: Health and Physical Education
Ed.S in Curriculum and Instruction
Born and raised in Ontario, Canada, Jonathan began his career at Liberty University as a student athlete for the Men’s DI Ice Hockey team. After graduation, Jonathan continued his education and received a Masters in Teaching where he was the lead Health and Physical Education teacher and coordinator for a local K-12 private school. During this time, Jonathan transitioned into the coaching realm where he has assisted with the Men’s DIII team, Women’s DI team and now serves as one of the coaches on the Men’s DI ice hockey team. After a few years of teaching, Jonathan transitioned into an academic advising role at Liberty University where he served as an advisor for both the Health Professions department as well as the Club Sports department. Recently, Jonathan has received his Educational Specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction and is now in pursuit of his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration in Educational Leadership.
 

Jessica Nelson Professional Advisor

Jessica came to Liberty in 2004, playing Outside Hitter for Liberty Women’s Volleyball from 2004-08. She led the team in kills and aces during sophomore season, and was named William & Mary Invitational MVP in 2005. 2007 Honors: Villanova Classic All-Tournament, Big South Championship All-Tournament, Big South All-Academic team, team leader in kills and digs. Five time Big South Presidential Honor Roll, two NCAA tournament appearances in 2007 and 2008 seasons. Jessica also played Liberty Women’s Basketball during the 2008-09 season.

Jessica graduated from Liberty University in 2008 with a B.S. in Family and Child Development, M.A. in Human Services: Marriage and Family in 2009, and is currently pursuing her Ed.S. in Higher Education Administration. In addition to assisting with the beach volleyball program, she works for LU’s College of Applied Studies and Academic Success (CASAS) as a professional advisor to club sport athletes.

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Drew Crilly Study Hall Coordinator Graduate Assistant

6/12/18
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Isaac Dalton Mentoring Graduate Assistant

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Rachel Kamm Mentoring Supervisor

Administration

Phone: (434) 592-3957

Fax: (434) 522-0549

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Phone: (434) 592-4193

Email: kshandy@liberty.edu

Kirk Handy Vice President & Athletic Director

Liberty University ('99)
01/15/2000

Kirk Handy                                                                       
 

Kirk is the Vice President & Athletic Director of Club Sports and is responsible for LaHaye Ice Center, Liberty University Mountain Snowflex Center, Liberty University Equestrian Center and the Club Sports athletic programs. He works closely with university administration to ensure that the program accurately represents the mission and goals of Liberty University. He was instrumental in the planning, development, and building of the LaHaye Ice Center and the hockey programs. Kirk graduated from Liberty in 1999 and played for the flames for four years. He has always had a passion and desire to see Liberty University continue to grow and develop in to the vision of Dr. Jerry Falwell. "I believe Liberty University is the greatest University in the world. My wife and I consider it a privilege to serve at Liberty and carry on the vision of Dr. Falwell to build young Champions for Christ. I am very thankful to chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. for his continual support in building the club sports programs."

 

The native of Huntsville, Ontario, Canada is married to Jannie and the couple has four sons Parker, Preston, Pryce, and Porter.

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Phone: (434) 592-3952

Email: jkboettger@liberty.edu

Jeff Boettger Senior Associate Athletic Director

Bethel University – BA Kinesiology/Exercise Science ‘97
Liberty University – MA Communication ‘07

Jeff is the Senior Athletic Director for Liberty University Club Sports. He is married to Liberty University graduate (MA) Sarah (Baker) who currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at Liberty. They have two children, daughter Ava and son Tye, and have just relocated to Bedford County.

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Phone: (434) 592-3954

Email: kamcquillan@liberty.edu

Kyle McQuillan Associate Athletic Director

Business
Masters in Business Administration

Kyle McQuillan is a graduate and current employee of Liberty University as the Associate Athletic Director of Club Sports. He graduated from Liberty in 2007 earning a business degree with a specialization in finance and earned his MBA in 2011. Kyle played three season on the men's lacrosse team and he earned all-conference recognition for 2 seasons while also holding the title of Team President and Captain. Kyle and his wife, who he also met at Liberty, have been married for 9 years and have three children, Max, Charlotte, and Quinn. 

 

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Phone: (434) 592-5435

Email: tmgomez@liberty.edu

Tatiana Payne Associate Athletic Director - Senior Women's Administrator

Liberty University
Spring ('08)

Tatiana Payne started working for Liberty University in fall of 2007 and began working with the club sports department since spring of 2008. Tatiana is the Associate Athletic Director - Senior Women's Administrator who oversees recruitment, scheduling, compliance, and the academic side of the Club Sports department. She is also the Head Coach of the Synchronized Skating Team and Associate Coach of the Figure Skating Team. 

Tatiana attended Liberty University where she met her husband Josh Payne.  She is from Plattsburgh, New York and currently resides in Lynchburg with her husband Josh and two small dogs: Cali and Sky.

Budget & Finance

Phone: (434)592-3954

Fax: (434)522-0549

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Phone: (434) 592-3954

Email: kamcquillan@liberty.edu

Kyle McQuillan Assistant Athletic Director

B.A Business
Masters in Business Administration

Coach McQuillan is a graduate and current employee of Liberty University as the assistant director of Club Sports. He graduated from Liberty in 2007 earning a business degree with a specialization in finance and earned his MBA in 2011. Coach McQuillan and his wife, who he also met at Liberty, have been married for 8 years and have two children, Max and Charlotte. 

During his freshman year at Liberty University, Coach McQuillan realized his true passion for the sport of lacrosse. He played three seasons on Liberty’s Lacrosse team before it was dismantled in 2007. While on the team, Coach McQuillan earned all-conference recognition for 2 seasons while also holding the title of Team President and Captain.

Since being named head coach in 2011, the men’s lacrosse team has a record of 54 wins and 19 losses in its first 5 seasons, including an SELC (South Eastern Lacrosse Conference) Div2 Championship in 2013.  Liberty enters the 2016 season with the national rank of #17 after just 2 years of competing within Div1 of the MCLA (Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association).

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Phone: 434-592-3957

Email: mvzumpano@liberty.edu

Mike Zumpano Associate Director of Business Operations

B.S. Kinesiology: Exercise Science, Coaching Minor
Masters in Sports Management, Sports Administration specialization

Michael Zumpano works full time in the Club Sports Department in finance and operations.  Michael is responsible for handling all financial transactions that take place within Club Sports. His primary involvement is overseeing any purchase transactions, contract management or negotiation, as well as overseeing business dealings between external vendors and the Club Sports Department. Other responsibilities include the oversight of internal revenue, as well as budget management and accounting related activities. Aside from this, Michael also serves a defensive coach for men's lacrosse while overseeing all lacrosse facilities, operations and events. Zumpano also is involved in running all lacrosse camps, tournaments and events taking place on campus throughout the summer.

Michael graduated from Liberty with a B.S. in Kinesiology: Exercise Science and a Minor in Coaching in the spring of 2013, and completed a M.S. in Sport Management: Sport Administration in the spring of 2016. He also played on the Men’s Lacrosse team for four years serving as a Captain from 2011-2014.

Michael is the second child of seven siblings; he has 1 older sister and 5 younger brothers.  Michael is from Clinton, Connecticut and currently resides in Lynchburg.

 

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Phone: (434) 597-6557

Email: rabraband@liberty.edu

Reese Braband Assistant Director of Business Operations

B.S. in Sport Management from UW-Parkside, 2008
M.S. in Sport Management from Liberty University, 2013
12/15/17
Reese Braband has worked in the Club Sports department since being hired in December 2017, and he currently serves as the Assistant Director of Business Operations. Reese’s most prominent responsibilities focus around team travel and budget planning and management for the 41 Club Sport teams. He is also responsible for managing the Purchasing Cards of all the head coaches. Reese oversees the five concession stands that Club Sports operates. The Lahaye Ice Center Pro Shop and apparel sales falls under Braband’s direction as well.


Prior to joining Liberty's Club Sports staff, Braband worked as the Olympic Sports Equipment Manager with Liberty’s Athletics department from September 2012 to December 2017. A native of Waukesha, Wis., Braband earned a Bachelor of Science in sport management from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in December 2008. He completed a master's degree in sport management from Liberty in May 2013.

Braband and his wife, Jodi, currently reside in Lynchburg with their two children, Michael and Sadie.

Facilities & Game Day Operations

Phone: (434) 592-5438

Fax: (434) 522-0549

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Phone: 434-592-5438

Email: dpyoung@liberty.edu

Derek Young Director of Internal Operations

B.S. Sport Management, Minor in Business
Masters of Science in Sport Management

Derek Young is a graduate and current employee of Liberty University and serves as the Director of Internal Operations for Club Sports. He provides leadership and oversight to all Club Sport events, facilities, marketing, promotions, and sponsorship endeavors. Derek graduated from Liberty in 2011 earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management with a Minor in Business. Then in 2013, he graduated with his Master’s Degree in Sport Management from Liberty as well. Derek has served Club Sports in a variety of capacities since 2011 and currently resides in Lynchburg, VA with his wife, Brittany. 

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Phone: 434-582-7093

Email: crlowes@liberty.edu

Chris Lowes Assistant Director of Events and Facilities

B.S in Sport Management, Minor in Business
3/2/2018
Chris Lowes serves all Club Sports Teams focusing on facility and game day operations.  Chris also assists with the planning and running of special events such as the annual Tri-athlon.
Chris graduated from Liberty University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management, and a minor in Business.
Chris has held various roles within the Lynchburg community including as a Director with the YMCA of Central Virginia, a licensed Insurance Adjuster, and as the General Manager of the LaHaye Ice Center when it first opened in 2006.
Chris has coached hockey at Liberty University for the past 10 years – including 9 as the Head Coach of the Flames’ ACHA DII Men’s team.  Lowes just completed his first season as Head Coach of the ACHA DI Women’s Team where he captured the programs second National Championship.
Chris is originally from Peterborough, Ontario and currently resides in the Lynchburg area with his wife Lisa, and two daughters – Peyton and Shayne.
Nate Olsen Graduate Assistant

7/1/19
Jeff Jacobs Graduate Assistant

Michaela Olsen Graduate Assistant

7/1/19
Josh Moore Graduate Assistant

7/1/19

Media & Video

Phone: (434)592-3957

Fax: (434)522-0549

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Phone: (434) 582-7091

Email: pwstrawn@liberty.edu

Pat Strawn Assistant Director of Video & Media

B.S. Communications in Video Broadcasting
Masters in Communications in Strategic Communication

Patrick Strawn is the Video and Media Coordinator for Club Sports.  Pat is responsible for helping with directing other workers on how to use video equipment (cameras, editing systems, etc.) and with delegating task during club sporting events.  He also oversees the creative process and approach for club sports media, creating different videos to be placed on the club sports website, club sports YouTube page, and Liberty Channel. Some other tasks include broadcasting Liberty hockey and other Liberty club sporting events as a color commentator or a member of the production staff during broadcast. As a member of the production staff, Pat’s responsibilities vary from director, technical director, camera operator, replay operator, and audio technician. 

Pat graduated with a B.S. in Communications in Video Broadcasting from Liberty University in 2007.  In 2015, Pat plans to receive a Master’s in Communications in Strategic Communications from Regent University. 

Pat is from Martinsville Virginia and currently resides in Lynchburg with his wife Adriane Strawn. 

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Olivia Becker Club Sports Video Coordinator

Recruitment & Special Events

Phone: (434)592-6962

Fax: (434)522-0549

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Phone: (434) 592-6962

Email: ketripp@liberty.edu

Kaycee Tripp Director of Recruiting & Special Events

B.S. Visual Communication Arts: Graphic Design Concentrate
Master of Science in Sport Management

Kaycee is a graduate and current employee of Liberty University as the Club Sports Recruitment & Event Coordinator. She graduated from Liberty in 2012 earning a visual communication arts degree with a specialization in graphic design and earned her M.S. degree in sport management with a specialization in sports administration in 2014. 

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Phone: (434) 592-5716

Email: bhughes1@liberty.edu

Ben Hughes Recruitment Coordinator

B.S Business Administration: Human Resource Management '16
Masters of Business Administration '18
July 1, 2016

Ben is a graduate of Liberty University’s School of Business Undergraduate program where he specialized in Human Resource Management. Ben is currently enrolled in the residential MBA program at Liberty University. As Recruitment Coordinator for Club Sports, Ben will aim to continue to help grow each sport while working closely with coaches, players and prospective student athletes.

 

Phone: 434-582-3668

Email: mjcruickshank@liberty.edu

Matt Cruickshank Special Events Coordinator Graduate Assistant

Management
5-14-2019

Sales & Concessions

Phone: (434) 592-6975

Fax: (434) 522-0549

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Phone: (434) 592-5587

Email: jmwoosley@liberty.edu

Jillian Woosley Sales Operation Coordinator

Family and Child Development
Education: Administration and Supervision
7/1/17

Jillian Woosley is the Sales Operations Coordinator for Club Sports. She graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor’s degree in Family and Child Development in May of 2017. She then graduated with her Master’s degree in Education: Administration and Supervision in May of 2019. Before being the Sales Operations Coordinator, Jillian served as a Graduate Assistant for Club Sports for two years.

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Josh Graham ProShop Graduate Assistant

1/1/2019
Kaden Knepper Concessions Coordinator Graduate Assistant

B.S. in Psychology – Sport Psychology Cognate
08/01/19

Kaden is originally from Mechanicsburg, PA but currently resides in Lynchburg, VA. He Graduated from Liberty University in 2019 with his degree in Psychology. He is pursuing his Masters Degree in Applied Industrial/Organizational Psychology. During his time as an undergraduate student, he was a part of the Men's Division 1 Vollyball team where he earned the East Coast Most Valueable Player in the 2018-2019 season. 

Scheduling & Website Management

Phone: (434)592-6391

Fax: (434)522-0549

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Phone: (434) 592-6391

Email: sniemi@liberty.edu

Sara Madero Assistant Athletic Director

B.S. Sport Management
Master of Science in Sport Administration & Outdoor Recreation
May 30th, 2010

Sara Madero is the Assistant Athletic Director here at Club Sports.  Her main responsibilities include coordinating and maintaining scheduling of events, programs, and activities for the LaHaye Ice Center and Club Sports department.  She also manages the LaHaye Ice Center Customer Service Staff and oversees Club Sports Website Maintenance. 

Sara attended Liberty University for both her Bachelor's and Mastor's degrees. In 2010, she received her Bachelor of Science in Sport Management and in 2012 received her Master’s of Science in Sport Administration and Outdoor Recreation.  Sara was also a member of the Women’s DI Hockey Team for three years where she played defense and was the assistant captain and captain of the team.  Sara also helped start the Women’s DII Hockey team while working at Liberty and is the current head coach of the team with a USA Hockey Level 4 coaching certification.

Sara is from Cambridge, Ontario, Canada and currently resides in Lynchburg with her husband Andrew Madero and their two dogs Mikko and Essi.

 

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Phone: (434) 582-7095

Email: rsleone@liberty.edu

Rena Leone Scheduling & Staffing Coordinator

8/01/17

Rena is entering her first year as a full-time employee with Club Sports and her second season as an assistant coach with the Women’s Division 2 team.  Rena is from State College, PA and played competitive hockey out of Pittsburgh, PA in High School. She has played for both the Division 1 Women’s team in her undergraduate studies and played for the Division 2 Women’s team while completely her Master’s degree.

 

Phone: (434) 582-4150

Email: dstuart@liberty.edu

David Stuart Website Coordinator & Customer Service Supervisor Graduate Assistant

B.S Sport Management
07/01/19

David graduated from Liberty with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Management in May of 2019. He was a manager for the Men's Basketball team during all four years. He started as a Graduate Assistant for Club Sports at Liberty in July of 2019 and is pursuing a Graduate Degree in Sport Management. He also serves as the Video Coordinator on Kirk Handy's Division 1 Men's Hockey staff. In his free time he enjoys watching and playing sports with friends. 

Sponsorship & Promotions

Phone: (434) 592-6188

Fax: (434) 522-0549

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Phone: 434-592-5438

Email: dpyoung@liberty.edu

Derek Young Director of Internal Operations

B.S. Sport Management, Minor in Business
Masters of Science in Sport Management

Derek Young is a graduate and current employee of Liberty University and serves as the Director of Internal Operations for Club Sports. He provides leadership and oversight to all Club Sport events, facilities, marketing, promotions, and sponsorship endeavors. Derek graduated from Liberty in 2011 earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management with a Minor in Business. Then in 2013, he graduated with his Master’s Degree in Sport Management from Liberty as well. Derek has served Club Sports in a variety of capacities since 2011 and currently resides in Lynchburg, VA with his wife, Brittany. 

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Phone: (434) 592-6188

Email: klvandeperre@liberty.edu

Kaleb VanDePerre Assistant Director Marketing and Promotions

B.S. Psychology
M.S. Sport Management
September 1st, 2015

Kaleb VanDePerre graduated from LU in 2015 with a Master’s in Sport Management – While at Liberty, Kaleb played beach volleyball for 2 seasons. He has trained under Olympic Gold Medalist – Eric Fonoimoana, and earned the team’s highest finish at nationals placing 3rd in 2015. VanDePerre currently works for Liberty Club Sports as the Assistant Director of Marketing & Promotions. He also is the director of Beach South Volleyball – Lynchburg, a year-round beach club for juniors in the Central Virginia region. Kaleb resides in Lynchburg with his wife, Piper and their son, Hudson.

 

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Megan Davis Graduate Assistant

Riley Rice Digital Content & Promotions Graduate Assistant

Sports Medicine

Phone: (434)592-6390

Fax: (434)522-0549

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Phone: (434) 592-6390

Email: awitt@liberty.edu

Angie Witt, ATC Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine

Physical Education and Athletic Training
08/2010

Angie Witt graduated from Liberty University in 1997 with a degree in Physical Education and Athletic Training. She offers 20 years’ experience as a Certified Athletic Trainer, including 3 years with the Liberty University Women’s Basketball team. She returned to Liberty 7 years ago to build the Club Sports Athletic Training program.

Angie is a member of the National Athletic Training Association and is licensed by the Virginia Board of Medicine. She is also an instructor for the American Heart Association and teaches CPR and First Aid to members of our staff and our community. Angie also serves on the local organizing board for the Virginia Commonwealth Games as the lead athletic trainer.

Angie has been married to Tim for 20 years. Tim and Angie serve at Impact Church in Forest, VA. Tim serves as the Executive Pastor and Angie serves as the Guest Services Coordinator. Tim and Angie have 2 children, Micah and Baylie.

 

 

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Phone: (434)592-6390

Email: tcampbell38@liberty.edu

Tiffany Campbell, ATC Assistant Director of Sports Medicine

Lynchburg College - Athletic Training
Liberty University - Public Health Nutrition
1/1/17

Tiffany is a lifetime local to the Lynchburg area. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training at Lynchburg College in 2015. After working at a high school in the Martinsville area for one year, she returned to Lynchburg as a graduate assistant with Liberty’s club sports. In 2019 she completed her master’s degree in Public Health Nutrition. She is looking forward to stepping into a full-time role with club sports and adding a nutritional component to our sports medicine team.

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Julianne Purves, ATC Graduate Assistant

7/1/18

Julianne graduated from William Paterson University with a Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training in 2018.  She has experience in both the high school and collegiate setting, working mainly with football, softball, and baseball. She also completed a summer internship with the New York Giants athletic training staff in 2017.  In the Spring of 2018 she accepted a Graduate Assistant position with Liberty University Club Sports and will be pursuing her Masters Degree in Human Performance - Strength and Conditioning. 

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Rachael Watkins Graduate Assistant

Rachael graduated from the University of Lynchburg in May of 2019 with a degree in Athletic Training. During her time as an undergraduate student, she worked with Men’s Lacrosse, Women’s Basketball, Field Hockey and Women’s Soccer at the collegiate level. She also has experience in the High School setting and with minor league baseball from working with the Lynchburg Hillcats during Spring 2018. During her time at Liberty, she will be pursuing a degree in Human Performance while serving as a Graduate Assistant for the Club Sports Athletic Training Department. 
 
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Jackson Lohr Graduate Assistant

Jackson earned his Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training at Messiah College in May 2019, starting work as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer with Liberty Club Sports the subsequent July. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Human Performance with a cognate in Strength and Conditioning, which will conclude in the spring of 2021. His hobbies include bouldering, hiking, and playing board games with friends. He is looking forward to the opportunities to grow and learn provided in the club sports environment.

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Ben Harris Graduate Assistant

Ben graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training in 2019. He has experience in a variety of different collegiate settings, working with Men’s Basketball, Football, Softball, Track and Field, and working for Club Sports as an undergrad student. In the spring of 2019, he accepted a Graduate Assistant Position with Liberty University Club Sports and will be pursuing his Master’s Degree in Business Administration – Healthcare management. He hopes to work in the collegiate setting after graduation with the hopes to work in a sports rehabilitation facility after more gaining more experience.

Strength & Conditioning

Phone: (434)582-7092

Fax: (434)522-0549

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Phone: 434-582-7092

Email: crkerr@liberty.edu

Chris Kerr, CSCS Coordinator of Strength & Conditioning

Liberty University
Liberty University
07/2014

Chris Kerr graduated from Liberty University in 2014 with a degree in Exercise Science. He was hired by Club Sports to build their strength and conditioning program which has grown with additional staff and multiple facilities. In his first year Chris was on staff to see the first two National Championships captured in the department's history in both Wrestling and the Women's D1 Hockey team. He has continued to coach teams that have gone deep into their respective National Tournaments, some coming away with more National Titles. Chris is a member and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NCSA. He resides in Lynchburg, VA with his wife and dog. 

Ross Garner Strength & Conditioning Coach

Dallas Johnson Strength & Conditioning Graduate Assistant

07/01/19

Dallas Johnson graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelors Degree in Sports Management and a Minor in Business Management. After graduating, He did an internship at Liberty University with the Football Strength Staff under Coach Bill Gillespie. After the internship, he was hired at Louisburg College as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach. While at Louisburg, he completed another internship with the Olympic Strength Staff at NC State University. Dallas is currently pursuing a Masters in Human Performance with an emphasis in Strength and Conditioning. He is a member and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA. He is also USAW Level 1 and CPR/AED Certified. Dallas resides in Lynchburg, Virginia. 
 

Chris Craven Strength & Conditioning Graduate Assistant

07/01/19

 

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Transportation & P-Card

Phone: (434) 592-6975

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Phone: (434) 597-6557

Email: rabraband@liberty.edu

Reese Braband Assistant Director of Business Operations

B.S. in Sport Management from UW-Parkside, 2008
M.S. in Sport Management from Liberty University, 2013
12/15/17
Reese Braband has worked in the Club Sports department since being hired in December 2017, and he currently serves as the Assistant Director of Business Operations. Reese’s most prominent responsibilities focus around team travel and budget planning and management for the 41 Club Sport teams. He is also responsible for managing the Purchasing Cards of all the head coaches. Reese oversees the five concession stands that Club Sports operates. The Lahaye Ice Center Pro Shop and apparel sales falls under Braband’s direction as well.

Prior to joining Liberty's Club Sports staff, Braband worked as the Olympic Sports Equipment Manager with Liberty’s Athletics department from September 2012 to December 2017. A native of Waukesha, Wis., Braband earned a Bachelor of Science in sport management from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in December 2008. He completed a master's degree in sport management from Liberty in May 2013.

Braband and his wife, Jodi, currently reside in Lynchburg with their two children, Michael and Sadie. 

Varsity Club

Phone: (434)592-6188

Fax: (434)522-0549

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Phone: 434-592-5716

Email: bhughes1@liberty.edu

Ben Hughes Coordinator of Varsity Club & Events

B.S. Business Administration Human Resource Management '16
M.S. Business Administration '18
9/1/2015

Ben is a graduate of Liberty University’s School of Business Undergraduate program where he specialized in Human Resource Management. Ben is currently enrolled in the residential MBA program at Liberty University.

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