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Josh BookbinderOutside Linebackers Coach
College: Baylor ('09)
Start Date: 1/5/12
Josh Bookbinder joined Liberty's football season in January 2012 and experienced two job responsibility adjustments following his first season with the program.
Bookbinder was named special teams coordinator shortly after the conclusion of the 2012 season, but was shifted to outside linebackers coach in February 2013.
Bookbinder will work alongside Liberty's defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Robert Wimberly with Flames' linebackers in 2013.
Liberty finished the 2012 season ranked No. 15 nationally in total defense (314.73 yards per game allowed), No. 24 in rushing defense (126.09 yards allowed per game), No. 32 in passing defense (188.64 yards allowed per game) and No. 38 in scoring defense (22.18 points per game allowed).
Liberty's linebackers also helped the Flames rank No. 3 nationally in first down defense (14.00 first downs allowed per game) and No. 12 in third-down conversion defense (30.92 opponent conversion percent, 47-of-152).
Two of Liberty's top three tacklers in 2012 were linebackers, with both earning all-conference honors.
Scott Hyland finished second on the team with 55 tackles (19 solo, 36 assisted) and earned All-Big South second-team honors. The rising senior's career year also included five tackles for a loss, two quarterback hurries, two pass breakups and an interception return for 11 yards.
Nick Sigmon led the Flames and ranked No. 55 nationally with 11 tackles for loss en route to earning All-Big South first-team honors. He ranked third on the team with 52 tackles (32 solo, 20 assisted) and he returned an interception 21 yards for a touchdown in Liberty's upset victory over No. 6/8 Stony Brook.
During his first season at Liberty, Bookbinder served as the football program's defensive quality control staff member.
Bookbinder comes to Liberty after spending the two seasons at Carson-Newman. In 2009, Bookbinder served as the Eagles' linebackers coach before being promoted to special teams coordinator and defensive ends assistant coach for the 2010 season. He also served assistant recruiting coordinator during his time at Carson-Newman.
While at Carson-Newman, Bookbinder had the opportunity to work under NCAA Division II Football Hall of Fame coach Ken Sparks. During Sparks' three-decade tenure at Carson-Newman, the Eagles have won five national championships, 21 South Atlantic Conference titles and produced more than 100 Division II All-Americans.
In 2009, Bookbinder served as defensive quality control at Richmond, working directly under Spiders defensive coordinator Vic Shealy. He helped the Spiders finish the 2009 season with an 11-2 record, a Colonial Athletic Association title and a run to the quarterfinals of the FCS Playoffs.
Bookbinder worked as an undergraduate coach with his alma mater during the 2007 and 2008 seasons at Baylor, working specifically with the Bears' linebackers.