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) 582-2096

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.
 

Phone: (434) 592-5586

Email: amdriggers@liberty.edu

Arielle Driggers Study Hall Coordinator Graduate Assistant

6/12/18
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Phone: (434) 582-3217

Email: erhalvorson@liberty.edu

Emily Halvorson 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.

 

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.
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Phone: (434) 592-6188

Email: dbeckman3@liberty.edu

Dominic Beckman Game Operations Graduate Assistant

Sport Management
Business Administration
7/1/17

Dominic Beckman graduated from Liberty University in 2017 with a degree in Sport Management. He started working for Club Sports in 2014, as an operations assistant, and started as an operations graduate assistant during the summer of 2017. In his spare time, Dominic enjoys playing basketball, long walks on the beach, and working on the ice.

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Phone: (434) 592-6188

Email: jkunz@liberty.edu

Jonathan Kunz Game Operations Graduate Assistant

Communications
Masters of Business Administration '17
8/21/17

Jonathan Kunz graduated from Liberty University in 2016 with a degree in Strategic Communications. After graduating he spent a year working for Club Sports gaining valuable experience to better equip him as a future graduate assistant. In his free time, Jon enjoys soccer and when given the opportunity to surf.

Media & Video

Phone: (434)592-3957

Fax: (434)522-0549

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Phone: (276)336-6307

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 Assistant 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.

 

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Phone: 734-612-0797

Email: mstafford12@liberty.edu

Michael Stafford Special Events Coordinator Graduate Assistant

Business Administration: Project Management
9-1-2017

Michael is currently working on his master’s in business administration. He played on the Liberty baseball team for four years as a pitcher. He also played one season for the United Shore professional baseball league. 

Sales & Concessions

Phone: (434) 592-6975

Fax: (434) 522-0549

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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. 
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Phone: (434) 592-6141

Email: jpforth@liberty.edu

Justin Forth Assistant Director of Business Operations

Psychology Adolescent and Child Development
Masters in Human Services
9/20/17

Justin is from Huntsville, Ontario. He was a student-athlete in Club Sports for three seasons, while obtaining his undergraduate degree in 2010.  Forth went on to earn his master’s degree in Human Services in 2012. He has served as an Assistant Coach for the Women’s DI hockey team for 5 seasons and has been integral to the success the Flames have experienced. 

Justin lives in Lynchburg with his wife of 7 years, Lynne, and their dog Phoebe.

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Phone: (910) 303-3595

Email: jmwoosley@liberty.edu

Jillian Woosley Concessions Coordinator Graduate Assistant

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

Jillian Woosley graduated from Liberty University May of 2017. She graduated with a degree in Family and Child Development. She will be getting her master’s in Education: Administration and Supervision. Jillian is excited to serve as a Graduate Assistant as the Concessions Coordinator for Club Sports. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies and hanging out with family and friends.

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Phone: (434) 592-6977

Email: ebvandeperre@liberty.edu

Ethan VanDePerre Pro-Shop Coordinator Graduate Assistant

Accounting

Ethan VanDePerre graduated from Hope College in May of 2014 with a degree in Accounting. He will be pursuing his master’s degree in Accounting with a focus in Leadership. Ethan is thrilled to serve Club Sports as a Graduate Assistant in the position of Pro Shop Coordinator. In his free time, he enjoys playing sports, running, snowboarding, and anything else that involves being active, playing music, eating delicious food and spending time with friends and family.

Scheduling & Website Management

Phone: (434)592-6391

Fax: (434)522-0549

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Phone: (434) 592-6391

Email: sniemi@liberty.edu

Sara Niemi Recreation Specialist

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

Sara Niemi is the Recreation Specialist 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.

 

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Phone: (434) 582-4150

Email: awboas@liberty.edu

Aubrey Boas Customer Service & Website Supervisor Graduate Assistant

History; Historical Documentary Filmmaking
Marketing
7/1/17

Aubrey graduated from Liberty University in 2016 with a degree in History with a Historical Documentary Filmmaking cognate. She began working for Club Sports in August of 2016 as a front desk staff member, and transitioned into a Graduate Assistant position in July of 2017. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Marketing with a focus on Digital Media and Advertising. In her free time she enjoys hiking, traveling, reading, and she films weddings on the side. 

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Ben Malay Operations Staff Graduate Assistant

9-15-2017
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Dylan Downs Operations Staff Graduate Assistant

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 is the Liberty University Varsity Club Coordinator. He graduated form Liberty in 2015 earning his M.S. degree in Sport Management with a specialization in sports administration in 2015. While attending Liberty University, Kaleb played for the men’s beach volleyball team for two seasons. He currently resides in Lynchburg with his wife, Piper.

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Jeff Jacobs Marketing Graduate Assistant

7/16/18
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Megan Davis 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: kswanson@liberty.edu

Kyle Swanson, ATC Assistant Director of Sports Medicine

Athletic Training
Masters in Business Administration
08/2013
Kyle Swanson graduated from Liberty University with a degree in Athletic Training in 2013. After graduating, Kyle began working as a graduate assistant with the sports medicine department of Club Sports. Once he completed his Masters in Business Administration with a focus in healthcare management, Kyle assumed the role of assistant director of sports medicine and has been working in that capacity since 2015.
 
Kyle is also a member of the National Athletic Training Association and a certified CPR instructor. In his free time, Kyle enjoys watching and participating in sports as well as spending time with friends and family. He is engaged to Amanda and will be married in April of 2018.
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Tariq Kelly, ATC Graduate Assistant Sports Medicine

Athletic Training
Healthcare Management
7/1/17

Tariq is a native of the Bahamas and graduated from Liberty University in 2016, earning a Bachelor's degree in Athletic Training. While at Liberty, he gained experience in a number of NCAA D1 athletics as well as outpatient settings. After grauating, he spend a year working as a certified Athletic Trainer at Houghton College in Houghton, NY, which is a member of the NCAA DIII Empire 8 conference. During the Spring of 2017, he accepted the Club Sports Graduate Assistant position, during which he is pursuing his Master's in Business Administration: Healthcare Management.

 

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Phone: 434-592-6390

Email: tcampbell38@liberty.edu

Tiffany Campbell, ATC Graduate Assistant Sports Medicine

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

Tiffany graduated from Lynchburg College in 2015 with a Bachelor's degree in Athletic Training. She gained experience in the high school, collegiate and clinical setting during her undergraduate career. She worked as an assistant Athletic Trainer with Henry County high schools before returning to the Lynchburg area as a graduate assistant Athletic Trainer for Liberty University Club Sports pursuing a Masters degree in Public Health.

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Patrick Sullivan, ATC Graduate Assistant

Athletic Training
Excercise Science & Human Performance
9/1/2017

Patrick graduated from Lynchburg College in January of 2017 with a degree in Athletic Training. He has clinical experience working at numerous high schools, as well as LC Men's Basketball and Men's and Women's Soccer. For the 8 months after he graduated, he worked as a Physical Therapist Technician for Rehab Associates in Madison Heights. At Liberty, he is pursuing his Masters in Exercise Science and Human Performance.

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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. 

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. 

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Blair Bennett, CSCS Strength and Conditioning Coach

Exercise Science
Exercise Science

Blair Bennett is in his first year as a full-time strength and conditioning coach with Liberty University Club Sports, following two years as a graduate assistant. Blair has earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in Exercise Science from LU and completed a four-month internship with Olympic Sports (NCAA) Strength and Conditioning at Liberty. Blair is also an Assistant Coach for the Men's Division 2 Hockey Team, following a successful playing career with the Men's D1 team. 

Blair is married to his wonderful wife, Rachel, and reside in Lynchburg.

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Caleb Overholser Strength & Conditioning Graduate Assistant

Exercise Science: Fitness Specialist
Exercise Science: Human Performance
7/1/17

Caleb Overholser graduated from Liberty University in the summer of 2017 with his bachelors in Exercise Science: Fitness Specialist. During his undergraduate degree, he volunteered multiple hours to the area of Strength and Conditioning with Club Sports. He found himself learning more than what he was expecting and this volunteer of hours resulted in a work study job with Club Sports Strength and Conditioning. After working hard and developing some of the skills necessary to be an assistant strength and conditioning coach, he applied for the Graduate Assistant position. Caleb is now starting graduate school with Liberty University as one of Club Sports Strength and Conditioning assistant strength coaches. He will be studying exercise science more in depth with a masters in a Human Performance cognate as it applies to sports and athletes. Caleb is extremely excited to learn all he can about this field in the upcoming years in order to be a better coach. In his spare time, he enjoys participating in CrossFit, hiking, playing soccer recreationally, and fishing at the beach. 

Ross Garner Strength & Conditioning Graduate Assistant

B.S. Business Administration
Human Performance: Strength & Conditioning
1/1/2017

Ross graduated from Longwood University in 2014 with a degree in Business Administration. During that time, he was an intern with the strength and conditioning department and worked with all teams. He served as a volunteer assistant for two seasons with the women's lacrosse team. The summer after graduating, he interned under Bill Gillespie with the Liberty University Football strength and conditioning staff. In 2016 he graduated from Liberty with a Master's degree in Sport Administration. He spent the last two years coaching footbal, wrestling, and lacrosse at Monticello High School in Charlottesville. He completed an internship with the University of Virginia Football Strength and Conditioning staff in the Spring of 2018. Ross is NSCA-CSCS Certified.


 

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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