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Phone: (434) 582-2100
Fax: (434) 582-2205
Jeff Barber was named the Director of Athletics at Liberty University on Jan. 23, 2006, becoming the 10th Director of Athletics in the history of the University.
The University has charged Barber with the leadership of the athletics department and the building of a strong athletic program which will guide Liberty into the ranks of the elite NCAA Division I programs in the nation at the FBS level.
Barber wasted little time making an impact at Liberty, as in seven years he has been instrumental in guiding Liberty on a path to the next level of collegiate athletics. His efforts were recognized in June 2012, when he was named the FCS Under Armour AD of the Year for the Southeast Region.
Barber has spearheaded facility improvement projects in every athletics venue, highlighted most recently by the new, 2,500-seat Liberty Baseball Stadium, which opened in February 2013. Additionally, a new basketball practice facility was constructed behind the Vines Center and the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex was completely rebuilt.
In addition to Barber’s athletics facility achievements, the Director of Athletics has spurred a dramatic record-setting increase in Flames Club memberships, giving, and season ticket sales for football and basketball. Also under Barber, marketing/sponsorship revenue has increased at 120 percent each of the past six years.
Barber has overseen a significant expansion of the Liberty Academic Affairs for Athletics office, which was granted national academic certification by the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A).
Barber has also guided the Flames to success on the athletics field of competition, highlighted by an unprecedented six consecutive Big South Sasser Cup championships.
The Flames’ success has garnered national attention on several levels, earning Barber a four-year appointment to the NCAA’s Leadership Council, beginning with the 2012-13 academic year.
Barber came to Liberty after spending 10 years at South Carolina, including his last three years as Senior Associate Athletic Director for Development/Gamecock Club Executive Director. He also worked for four years apiece in both the Furman and East Carolina athletic departments.
Barber graduated cum laude at East Carolina in 1981 with a bachelor of science degree in health, physical education and recreation. In 1997, he continued his education with a degree from the Sports Management Institute, graduating as class spokesman.
Barber, a native of Greenville, N.C., is married to the former Donna Dacus and the couple has three children – Katie (18), Lindsay (16) and Jay (15).
Erin McKeown was promoted to Associate Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator in May 2013, from her previous position as Director of Compliance. She was originally hired as Assistant Director of Compliance at Liberty in the fall of 2008.
In her current position, McKeown oversees eight of Liberty women’s athletic programs, while also serving as the department’s Title IX coordinator. She is the sport administrator for women’s basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, women’s soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis and volleyball.
McKeown currently holds national memberships with National Association of Collegiate Woman Athletics Administrators (NACWAA), National Association for Athletics Compliance (NAAC) and National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).
In addition to her duties as Associate AD/SWA, she is currently in her fifth year as a commentator for Liberty Flames Sports Network (LFSN). McKeown serves as the color commentator for Lady Flames’ volleyball broadcasts. She is also a host for women’s basketball and football broadcasts.
McKeown, a four-year letterwinner for the Liberty volleyball program form 2000-03, was part of the 2001 squad which won the Big South championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. McKeown, who ranks in the program’s top ten in career kills (8th - 1,308), digs (6th - 1,479), blocks (6th - 341), and matches played (3rd - 134), is one of 10 current members of Liberty’s 1,000/1,000 club.
She was named the 2002 Big South Championship MVP and was voted the 2003 Big South Conference Player of the Year. She was a two-time first team All-Big South Conference selection and VaSID first-team selection.
Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Science in sport management from Liberty University in 2004, McKeown joined the Lady Flames’ coaching staff as a graduate assistant under current head volleyball coach, Shane Pinder. McKeown served in that role for two years and graduated with her master’s degree in business administration in 2006. In July 2006, McKeown accepted a head coaching position at San Diego Christian College.
McKeown made the move to athletics administration and back to Liberty in the fall of 2008 when she accepted the position of Assistant Director of Compliance.
She currently resides in Lynchburg.
Field Hockey, Lacrosse and Women's Soccer
Softball, Swimming & Diving, Women's Tennis and Volleyball
Keely McMillon serves her alma mater as Women’s Olympic Sports Director of Operations, a title she has held since July 2013.
McMillon focuses her efforts on the volleyball, softball, women’s tennis and swimming & diving teams. Her responsibilities include arranging all travel for her four sports, including hotels, buses and flights. She assists her programs with the scheduling of official visits, including travel arrangements, host money requisitions, itinerary preparation and submission of official visit information via JumpForward. McMillon assists with pre-game meals for home contests, and also aids with travel arrangements pertaining to recruiting trips. She handles purchase card reconciling for her coaches and staffs.
She worked as a graduate assistant in the Liberty Department of Sports Management from 2011-13. During the 2013 season, she served as a volunteer assistant coach for the Lady Flames’ softball team.
In 2012, McMillon coached softball at Heritage High School.
McMillon was a standout catcher for the Lady Flames softball team from 2008-11. A four-year starter, primarily behind the plate, she played a key role as a senior on the Lady Flames' 2011 Big South champion team. During her senior season, McMillon was named to the Big South All-Conference first team and was also a second-team VaSID All-State selection. She also received two straight Big South Softball Player of the Week awards as a senior in 2011. For her efforts in the 2009 Big South Softball Championship, McMillon was voted to the all-tournament team.
McMillon graduated from Liberty with a bachelor's degree in sport management in 2011. She then earned her master’s degree in sport administration from Liberty in 2013.
She currently resides in Lynchburg.
Karen Goodwin serves as Athletics Department Receptionist, a title she has held since joining the department in September 2007.
Prior to joining Liberty’s athletics department, Goodwin worked part-time at the Thomas Road Baptist Church bookstore, and afterward, held part-time employment at Celebration Bridal.
She attended Liberty as an undergraduate student from 1985-88.
Goodwin and her husband, Rusty, have one son, RJ, and a daughter, Tyler. The Goodwins currently reside in Forest, Va.
Academic Affairs for Athletics
Phone: (434) 582-2105
Fax: (434) 582-2205
Football and Men's Basketball
Kristie Beitz has been a part of the Liberty Athletics Department Senior Staff team since being named Associate Athletics Director - Academic Affairs for Athletics in July 2006. She was promoted to Senior Associate Athletics Directory – Academic Affairs for Athletics in 2013.
In her role, Beitz directs the Academic Affairs for the Athletics Department, which oversees each student-athlete’s academic progress, including academic advising and tutoring, while serving as the liaison between the student-athlete and the University’s academic community.
Beitz and her team of academic coordinators work closely with each athletics program in an effort to assure every student-athlete is given the opportunity to earn a degree and secure a meaningful career after graduation.
Since Beitz joined Liberty’s Athletics Affairs for Athletics staff, the student-athletes’ grade-point averages have continued to rise. The athletics department as a whole has maintained an average GPA of 3.0 or better during each of the last seven years, culminating with a 3.1 cumulative student-athletes’ GPA in the Fall of 2013.
During Beitz’ time at Liberty, nine Liberty student-athletes have earned a total of 12 CoSIDA Academic All-America awards. Among these awardees, five (Megan Frazee – 2009, Mike Gelatt – 2007, Clendon Henderon – 2008, Pat Kelly – 2011 and 2012, and Chris Rocco – 2009) were named first team Academic All-Americans.
Since 2006, a total of five Liberty student-athletes have earned the prestigious Christenberry Award from the Big South, for maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA through their careers. These include: Jeremy Anderson (men’s basketball, 2011), Pat Kelly (football, 2013), Panashe Nhekairo (men’s soccer, 2011), Lauren Stell (women’s soccer, 2013) and Patrick Walker (wrestling, 2009).
Under Beitz’ guidance, Liberty Athletics has shown a marked growth in community outreach and professional development for student-athletes. Among the department’s many initiatives is the Keep it Moving with Character Camp and the Give a Dollar Campaign.
Additionally, Liberty’s Academic Affairs for Athletics office was granted national academic certification by the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A) in May 2011. Liberty became only the 14th NCAA Division I program in the nation to earn this prestigious recognition. Beitz and the entire Academic Affairs for Athletics staff has earned individual certification through the N4A. Additionally, Liberty AAA continues to present current trends at N4A National and Regional Conventions.
Beitz serves as a 21st Century grant partner for Heritage Elementary School and Sandusky Middle School.
Beitz came to Liberty after serving three years as a member of the Office of Academic Affairs for Athletics at Virginia where she was a study skills specialist and academic coordinator. As a member of the Cavaliers’ athletics department, Beitz assisted the student-athletes with time management, study skills and organizational techniques, while also serving as an academic advisor and in the areas of recruiting.
Beitz received her bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Radford in 1996 as she attended the Big South institution on a field hockey scholarship and served as team captain her senior year.
The native of Richmond, Va., later continued her educational pursuits, earning her master’s degree in special education from Radford in 1997 and an education specialist degree in administration and supervision from Virginia in 2003.
Swimming & Diving, Golf, Field Hockey and Baseball
Football and Men's Basketball
Women's Basketball, Women's Soccer, Women's Lacrosse, Men's and Women's Tennis and Cheerleading
Jeni Coleman has served as an Academic Coordinator with Liberty’s Academic Affairs for Athletics since joining the department in 2007. Additionally, she holds the title of Testing and Accommodations Coordinator.
Coleman is primarily responsible for serving the academic needs for six teams (women’s basketball, women’s lacrosse, women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis and cheerleading).
She, along with the rest of the Academic Affairs for Athletics Staff, is nationally certified through the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A). Coleman currently holds membership with both N4A and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).
Prior to her time with Liberty Academic Affairs for Athletics, she spent 10 years serving as a middle school health and physical education teach in Virginia public schools.
Coleman earned a bachelor’s degree in health/physical education from Longwood College in 1998. She also earned a master’s degree in 2014, completing her Master of Arts in human services: marriage and family counseling from Liberty University.
Coleman and her husband, Andy, are the parents of Landry, Reagan, Evan and Eden. The Colemans reside in Lynchburg.
Men's and Women's Track & Field
Softball, Volleyball and Men's Soccer
Phone: (434) 582-2292
Fax: (434) 582-2076
Media Contact for Football and Golf
Todd Wetmore has been a part of the Office of Athletics Communications for more than two decades and is in his 15th year as head of the department.
Wetmore oversees the distribution of information for Liberty’s 20-sport NCAA Division I athletics program, as well as serving as the athletics department’s liaison with the media. Wetmore serves as the editor of the school’s athletics publications, and specifically coordinates all media efforts for the Flames’ football and golf programs.
Wetmore manages five full-time staff members, a graduate assistant and several student workers.
After four years as a student worker, Wetmore joined the department’s staff full time in August 1997 as an Assistant Sports Information Director. He was promoted to Sports Information Director in December 1999 and Assistant Athletics Director for Communications in July 2005. His most recent promotion came in November 2012 when he was named Associate Athletics Director for Communications.
After joining the sports information staff in 1997, Wetmore was instrumental in the creation of the athletics department's first web page. In February 2004, Wetmore finished a year-long project to completely redesign the site and helped launch LibertyFlames.com, the first official site of the athletics department.
Wetmore’s work at Liberty has not gone unnoticed by his peers. During his tenure, he has played a part in 15 different publications which have received distinctive honors from College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Eight of Wetmore’s publications have received “Best in the Nation” distinctions from CoSIDA, including the 2002, 2007, 2009 and 2011 football media guide covers, 2008 football game program cover, 2009 football game program and 2010 and 2011 football media guides.
Wetmore is an active member of CoSIDA and the Virginia State Sports Information Directors (VaSID). As a member of VaSID, Wetmore has served as the coordinator for various all-state teams, including the all-state University Divisional softball team since 2000.
Wetmore joined the CoSIDA Academic All-America ® committee in 2009 and has served as district coordinator for the women’s basketball and track & field teams. He currently serves the committee as one of two publicity coordinators for Division II awards.
Wetmore has also served on various committees at Liberty and with the Big South Conference. He currently is an active member of the Liberty Athletics and Big South Conference Hall of Fame selection committees.
Wetmore received his bachelor's degree in sport management in 1998 from Liberty. The Killingworth, Conn., native resides in Goode, Va., and is married to the former Kristy Marie Henkel of Waynesboro, Va., following the couple’s December 2008 wedding.
Media Contact for Men's Soccer, Football (Secondary) and Baseball
A veteran of the Athletics Communications Office, Ryan Bomberger is in 10th year at Liberty. Bomberger joined the Athletics Communications Staff as an Assistant Sports Information Director in August 2004. In the summer of 2007, he was promoted to his current position of Associate Athletics Communications Director.
Bomberger assists with the distribution of information for Liberty’s 20-sport athletics program. He coordinates all media efforts for baseball and men’s soccer. He also assists in organizing media efforts for football. He also has served as the editor of the Flames Illustrated football and basketball game programs since 2009 and contributes regularly to LibertyFlames.com and various athletic department publications.
In addition, Bomberger has been during his time at Liberty, the primary media contact for Liberty men’s and women’s tennis, women’s soccer, women’s basketball and wrestling.
In 2007, Bomberger was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Board of Directors and during the summer of 2009, he was selected to the organization’s officer rotation. In 2013, he served as the association’s president.
Besides being one of 40 weekly voters in the NCBWA national poll, Bomberger functions as the coordinator of the NCBWA’s Freshman All-America team and leads the coordination of compiling the necessary information for the association’s online directory.
In addition, Bomberger assists in the coordination and selection of the Dick Howser Trophy (most outstanding player) winner, the Stopper of the Year and several All-America teams and Coach of the Year for the NCBWA.
Bomberger is one of 150 voters on the College Baseball Hall of Fame voting committee for the College Baseball Foundation. A member since 2009, he has participated in the selection of the Hall’s last five induction classes.
Prior to coming to Liberty, Bomberger worked in various capacities in the East Coast Hockey League’s offices. Starting at the ECHL as an intern in the Communications Department, he later served as the league’s Executive Administrative Assistant.
Bomberger also has been a member of the sports information offices at Miami (Ohio) and Indiana. While at Miami, Bomberger served one year in the Sports Information Office and was the contact for Miami’s first-ever Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) regular-season title team in 1993. He spearheaded all media efforts for the Redskins’ first-ever trip to the CCHA Championship game and also oversaw those surrounding the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament selection.
He served as a graduate assistant for two years at Indiana, while obtaining his master’s degree.
From 1985-89, Bomberger served as a news and sports reporter at WJPZ FM 89.1 Radio in Syracuse, N.Y., covering Syracuse and area high school athletics.
He is a member of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID).
In 1989, Bomberger earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University. He received a master’s degree in sports administration from Indiana University in 1992. Bomberger also obtained an associate’s degree in digital media from Full Sail University in Orlando, Fla., in 2002.
The Dillsburg, Pa., native resides in the Lynchburg area.
Phone: (434) 582-2294
Media Contact for Men's Basketball, Women's Soccer and Web Site
Eric Brown enters his fifth year as a member of the Liberty athletics communications department and serves as the primary media contact for men’s basketball, women’s soccer and the athletics website, LibertyFlames.com.
Brown’s duties as an assistant athletics communications director include coordinating media requests, issuing press releases and maintaining statistics and records for his respective teams. During the Flames’ incredible run to the NCAA Tournament, Brown facilitated interviews with national media outlets, including, CBS, Fox Sports, ESPN Radio, ESPNU, NBC, The New York Times and The Washington Post. Brown also worked alongside the trio of Marv Albert, Steve Kerr and Craig Sager during the First Four game in Dayton, Ohio, assisting the crew with its game day preparation for the Tru TV broadcast.
In addition to his sports responsibilities, Brown serves as the web manager for LibertyFlames.com, the official website of Liberty Athletics. Brown works to ensure pages are kept updated, while also coordinating with IT on major projects. In 2010, he was responsible for coordinating the website’s redesign.
Prior to joining the Office of Athletics Communications, Brown served as a promotional copywriter for Liberty’s university advancement office, producing content for Liberty Athletics, Ultimate LU club sports, the LaHaye Ice Center, the LaHaye Student Union, and the Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre, the university’s year-round synthetic ski park. He also served as the main sports news and feature writer for the university’s magazine, the Liberty Journal, and the university’s official website.
Brown is a 2008 graduate of Liberty University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in communication studies with a public relations and advertising emphasis. During his time as an undergraduate, he became familiar with Liberty Athletics while serving as the sports editor of the university’s student newspaper, the Liberty Champion, and completing his internship with athletics communications. As an intern, he was the acting sports information contact for the Liberty men’s and women’s tennis teams.
Brown completed his Master of Business Administration at Liberty in 2010, focusing primarily on the study of international business. He resides in his hometown of Rustburg, Va.
Media Contact for Women's Basketball, Men's and Women's Track & Field and Men's and Women's Cross Country
Paul Carmany joined Liberty’s athletics department in July 2006, and currently holds the title Assistant Athletics Communications Director. In this position within the athletics communications department, Carmany serves as the primary media contact for the Liberty women’s basketball, cross country and track & field programs.
Carmany also served as the contact for the Lady Flames volleyball team for the 2006-09 seasons. In January 2008, he was tabbed one of four recipients of Collegiate Volleyball Update’s RESPecting Volleyball award. Carmany earned the honor as a result of his season-long in-depth coverage of the 2007 Liberty volleyball squad, which won its first Big South Conference title since 2001.
An additional honor came in June 2009, when the 2008 Liberty cross country media guide earned second-place honors in the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Publication Contest. The publication trailed only Tennessee’s women’s cross country guide on the national listing.
Carmany assisted with Liberty’s hosting of the 2007 Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships, the 2007 Big South Volleyball Championship, the 2008 Big South Cross Country Championships and the 2013 Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships. He also served as official statistician for the 2007 NCAA Division II Softball World Series in Akron, Ohio.
Carmany has coordinated media efforts for seven Liberty teams which have competed at the NCAA Division I Tournament, including the 2007 and 2008 volleyball squads and the 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2011-12 and 2012-13 women’s basketball teams. Additionally, he has worked with NCAA Division I national champion distance runners Sam Chelanga and Josh McDougal. In total, Carmany has worked with 38 Liberty squads which have captured Big South Conference titles.
A member of CoSIDA and the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID), Carmany came to Liberty from Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. Carmany spent two years (2005-06) as a graduate assistant in Ashland’s sports information office.
At Ashland, Carmany served as primary media contact for the Eagles’ women’s basketball, volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, cross country and track & field programs.
Carmany also attended Ashland as an undergraduate and served as manager for the women’s basketball team for three years (2002-04). He was additionally a regular sports correspondent and columnist for the Ashland weekly school newspaper, the Collegian.
Some of Carmany’s earliest sportswriting experience came at the New Middletown Postmark, a weekly newspaper which serviced the towns of New Middletown and North Lima, Ohio. Carmany covered high school and youth sports for the publication from 1998 to 2000.
Carmany earned a pair of degrees from Ashland. In 2004, he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics, graduating as the university’s top mathematics student. Two years later, Carmany graduated with a Master of Education degree in sport education, maintaining a 4.0 GPA for his graduate studies.
A native of New Middletown, Ohio, Carmany currently resides in Lynchburg.
Media Contact for Volleyball, Swimming & Diving and Softball
Joe Carmany joined Liberty’s athletics department in June 2011, being hired as assistant athletics communications director. Carmany serves as the primary media contact for the volleyball, women’s swimming & diving and softball programs at Liberty.
While at Liberty, he has covered two Big South champion teams, as the Lady Flames’ volleyball program qualified for the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship in 2011 and 2012. Additionally, he helped spearhead Liberty’s year-long Title IX celebration during the 2012-13 academic year. He is currently supervising the athletics communications department’s digital archiving initiative.
He is a member of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). He won the racewalk championship in the CoSIDA 5K Run/Walk at CoSIDA National Conventions in 2012 and 2013.
Carmany brought a familiarity to Liberty and the Big South, having completed a 10-month sports information internship at conference rival Charleston Southern during the 2010-11 academic year. While at CSU, he served as primary contact for the Buccaneers’ volleyball, women’s tennis and softball teams, also aiding as secondary contact for men’s basketball.
Carmany graduated with his M.S. in organizational leadership from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa. in May, 2010. While at Mercyhurst, he served as athletic communications graduate assistant, acting as primary contact for six varsity sports (men’s and women’s soccer, women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, and softball). During his time in Erie, Pa., he also acted as host SID for conference championship events in men’s and women’s soccer.
Prior to Mercyhurst, Carmany earned a B.A. in sports ministry at Malone University in Canton, Ohio in May, 2007. He served as equipment manager for the men’s basketball team for three seasons and aided the sports information office with game management. He wrote for the campus newspaper, the Aviso, for three years, serving as sports editor as a junior. In addition, Carmany was a three-time NAIA national qualifier in track and field.
A New Middletown, Ohio native, Carmany presently resides in Lynchburg. His older brother, Paul, is currently in his eighth year as an assistant athletics communications director at Liberty
Phone: (434) 592-5719
Fax: (434) 582-2205
Bert Locklin joined the Liberty athletics department in September of 2012, and he currently serves as Associate Athletics Director for Compliance.
Locklin serves as the liaison between the university and NCAA as well as the Big South Conference. He is responsible for supervising the compliance team that is tasked with educating the athletics administration, coaches, student-athletes and our entire Flames Nation on current NCAA rules and regulations. He and his staff are responsible for monitoring recruiting rules, communicating eligibility certifications, monitoring financial aid and awards limits, submitting waivers of NCAA Legislation, and reporting violations to the Big South Conference Office and the NCAA. He also serves as an ex-officio member of the Liberty's Faculty Senate Athletics Committee and sits on the Athletics Compliance Committee.
An active member of the National Association of Athletics Compliance, Locklin has served as a member of the NAAC Communications Committee since 2011. Locklin participated on the Compliance and Social Media Panel at the 2011 NAAC National Convention. He was a facilitator at the 2012 NCAA Regional Rules Seminar for a “Welcome to the World of Compliance” session.
Locklin brought a wealth of experience to Liberty, previously serving in the compliance office at Virginia Tech from 2006 until 2012. He served as the Assistant Director of Compliance and Director of Compliance, before being promoted to become Virginia Tech’s Assistant Athletics Director of Compliance, a title he held until coming to Liberty in 2012. He was appointed to the ACC Committee on Student-Athlete Welfare during his final year on the Virginia Tech staff.
Prior to his time in compliance, Locklin spent four seasons (2002-06) as Head Men’s and Women’s Diving Coach at Virginia Tech. Locklin served on the Advisory Board for the Christiansburg Aquatic Center form 2008-11.
Locklin was an All-American diver at the University of Nebraska, finishing seventh in men’s three-meter diving at the 1998 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships. He was also named a team captain and SAAC representative.
A native of Edmond, Okla., Locklin graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Nebraska in May 2001. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in sport management from Liberty.
Locklin and his wife, Kellan, currently reside in Lynchburg with two daughters – Dylan (10) and Fiona Bean (3) – and one son, Hagen (6).
All-American placekicker Matt Bevins returned to his alma mater in the fall of 2012, when he was hired as Compliance Coordinator for Athletics.
In his current position, Bevins oversees Liberty’s playing and practice sessions. He administers the Jump Forward Compliance Software, while coordinating official and unofficial visits in recruiting. Bevins monitors practice logs, while also serving as a liaison between student-athletes and agents. He facilitates promotional activities, donation requests, awards and benefits, along with the Student Assistance fund. Bevins administers the annual NCAA coaches’ exam in addition to other day-to-day compliance tasks. He is also responsible for Bylaws 13, 16 and 17.
Bevins is currently a member of the National Association for Athletics Compliance (NAAC).
During his playing career at Liberty (2008-11), Bevins served as the Flames’ placekicker, helping the Flames to Big South titles in his first three seasons. He graduated as the all-time leading scorer in Liberty and Big South history. He was named a consensus first team All-American kicker in both 2009 and 2010. Bevins was also voted an ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American as a sophomore and junior.
He graduated from Liberty with a bachelor’s degree in sport management in May 2012. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in sport administration at Liberty.
Bevins and his wife, Chelsea, currently reside in Lynchburg.
Phone: (434) 582-2052
Fax: (434) 582-2205
Reese Braband has worked in the Liberty athletics equipment department since being hired in September 2012, and he currently serves as Olympic Sports Equipment Manager.
Braband is responsible for the purchase, inventory, management and maintenance of equipment and apparel for several of Liberty’s Olympic sports, while also helping outfit the Athletics Administration staff. He assists the department in managing equipment budgets, and also aided in the startup of the Athletic Equimpent department within Liberty Athletics.
Prior to joining Liberty’s athletics staff, Braband worked as Business Operations Coordinator with Liberty Club Sports from August 2011 through September 2012.
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.
Phone: (434) 582-2549
Fax: (434) 582-2205
Dan Maxam has contributed to Liberty’s athletics facilities department since being hired in 2006. Maxam was promoted to his current position, Assistant Athletics Director for Facilities Management in 2013.
Maxam manages the upkeep, maintenance and day-to-day requirements for all intercollegiate athletic facilities at Liberty. He and his staff manage each facility in order to provide an environment in which athletes, coaches, staff and fans can have a safe, effective and successful experience. Maxam anticipates the future needs and make necessary improvements for all NCAA facilities. He supervises a facilities crew to aid in the setup, tear down and supervision of athletic facilities for intercollegiate contests and practice activities.
He has assisted in the coordination of new facility construction projects over the past five years. These projects include: Osborne Stadium, Williams Stadium expansion, Luurtsema Center, Cook Tennis Center, the field hockey and lacrosse fields and field house, Liberty Baseball Stadium and Vines Center practice facility.
Maxam holds membership with College Event and Facility Management Association (CEFMA).
Prior to joining Liberty’s staff full-time, Maxam served as a student worker in athletics facilities. While still a junior at Liberty in 2008, he was promoted to Director of Athletic Facilities.
He graduated from Liberty in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business finance.
Maxam married the former Morgan Gunter in 2011, and the couple currently resides in Lynchburg.
Mike Farris contributes to the Liberty athletics department as Assistant Facilities Director, a title which he has held since being hired in 2009.
Farris, a graduate of Liberty, helps maintain all of the athletics facilities on campus. He is actively involved in setting up and tearing down for each of Liberty’s home athletics events. Farris also manages various daily needs of team and athletics staff members. On game day, he can be seen fulfilling numerous game operations roles.
While at Liberty, Farris has played a role in the enormous growth of the athletics program over the past seven athletics seasons. He served as a student worker with the athletics facilities department as a sophomore and junior, prior to receiving a full-time position during his senior year, 2009.
Farris graduated cum laude from Liberty with a Bachelor of Science in business finance in 2010. He then earned a Master of Science degree from Liberty in 2012, graduating with high distinction.
Mike and his wife, Shannon, were married in 2013 and currently reside in Evington, Va.
Phone: (434) 592-3905
Fax: (434) 582-2205
Kevin Keys has been a member of the Liberty University Athletics Department Senior Staff since rejoining the program in August 2005. At the time of his return, Keys was named Assistant Athletics Director for External Operations. He became Associate Athletics Director for External Operations in August 2007, and was promoted to Director of Athletics Marketing in September 2012.
Keys, who brings a wealth of athletics experience and expertise in the area of external relations, oversees athletics communications, athletics aspects of the Liberty Flames Sports Network television and radio productions, the Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame, and the annual golf tournament.
Keys is no stranger to Liberty or to the athletics department, as the 40-year veteran of intercollegiate athletics started his career in 1973 as a statistician for the men’s basketball program. He was promoted to assistant sports information director in 1975, also handling coverage for the football and baseball programs. After graduation in 1977, he was named the school’s first-ever sports information director and remained in the position until 1985, which allowed him to see the department grow from the NCCAA level to NCAA Division I status.
During his tenure, Keys produced 44 publications which received CoSIDA honors at the regional and national levels, including 11 “Best in the Nation” awards. Keys also was instrumental in establishing the Flames Sports Network on radio and served as the play-by-play voice for two seasons. He also established and produced the athletics department’s first-ever corporate marketing program.
Keys quickly became active on the regional and national scene as he served as the president of the NAIA-SIDA from 1982-84 and was honored with the 1984 Ike Pearson Award, signifying the top SID in the NAIA ranks. In 1983, Keys played a significant role in the creation of the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association (VaSID), the first organization of its kind in the nation. In 2002, Keys received the VaSID Distinguished Service Award, honoring individuals with over 20 years of sports information service in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He also served as the information director for the Mason-Dixon Athletic Conference for three years.
Upon leaving Liberty in 1985, Keys moved to Morgantown, W.Va., and joined the West Virginia University athletics department staff as the sports publications director, a position he held for 15 years. While under his supervision, 72 publications were recognized by CoSIDA for excellence at the regional and national levels, including six which received “Best in the Nation” distinction.
In his position, Keys administered the production of all printed materials for the athletics department, totaling over 150 publications annually, and worked as a core member of the Communications Group, which handled all external affairs aspects for the BCS athletic program. During his tenure at West Virginia, he co-authored a book chronicling the history of the Mountaineer football program.
The Beltsville, Md., native officiated basketball and softball for more than 30 years and worked at least one state playoff basketball game in West Virginia for 11 straight years, including the high school championship in 2000.
Keys and his wife, Lori, a native of Lynchburg, have two children, Josh, 28, who graduated from Liberty in 2007 and is currently a college women’s basketball coach, and Jamie, 27, who graduated from Liberty in 2009 and serves as Liberty Athletics’ athletics marketing assistant.
Nick Pierce is beginning his fifth year as Liberty’s Athletics Audio Coordinator. Pierce is an integral part of the Flames Sports Network radio broadcasts, serving as the pre-game show host and sideline reporter for all football games and play-by-play broadcaster for all baseball games. He also handles the play-by-play duties for select Liberty men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer and softball contests.
On LibertyFlames.com, Pierce conducts regular audio and video interviews with Liberty’s coaches and student-athletes. He also provides the daily Flames Minute, updating fans on the latest happenings in Liberty athletics. A native of Atlanta, Ga., Pierce majored in broadcast journalism at Liberty, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in communications in 2007.
Athletics Sales & Promotions
Phone: (434) 592-6459
Fax: (434) 582-2205
Alan York enters his fourth season as the radio “Voice of the Flames.” York handles the radio play-by-play for the football and men’s basketball games, plus the weekly coaches radio shows throughout the broadcast season. Prior to his arrival in Lynchburg, York served 12 years as an assistant production manager for ISP in Winston-Salem, NC. While at ISP, York was the lead broadcaster for the ACC National Game of the Week in football. He has also gained experience broadcasting various Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Florida State and East Carolina men’s and women’s basketball and baseball games.
York’s vast experience also allowed him to call minor league baseball for the Winston-Salem Warthogs, the class-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. York is no stranger to Big South Conference athletics. From June 2001 to March 2006, he served as the radio play-by-play broadcaster for High Point’s men’s and women’s basketball programs. York has also worked with WXII-TV, an NBC affiliate in Winston-Salem, N.C., as a production assistant and radio producer for three years, where his duties included hosting the NASCAR Minute show. York is a 1999 graduate of Guilford College and a native of Mount Airy, NC.
Athletics Ticket Office
Phone: (434) 582-7328
Fax: (434) 582-2205
Joe Rixon has served the Liberty athletics department since 2008, currently holding the title of Assistant Director of Ticket Operations – Athletics since being promoted in 2009.
In his present position, Rixon oversees all athletics ticket operations at Liberty.
Rixon previously worked as Liberty’s Graduate Assistant of Ticket Operations, beginning in September 2008. He functioned in that role until being promoted to the newly-created position of Assistant Director of Ticket operations in 2009.
He is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Marketing (NACMA), and serves on NACMA’s Strategic Communications Committee. Rixon also holds membership with the NCAA Proactive Ticket Sales Professionals group.
Prior to his time in the ticket office at Liberty, Rixon worked for the Lynchburg Hillcats of the Carolina League for two seasons. In 2007, he was an operations intern for the Hillcats, before spending the 2008 season as Director of Ticket Operations.
While completing his undergraduate studies, Rixon was a student worker in the Liberty ticket office from 2004-07.
Rixon graduated from Liberty with a bachelor’s degree in sport management in 2008. He then earned a master’s degree in management and leadership from Liberty in 2011, before gaining Master of Arts in human services in 2012.
A native of Mays Landing, N.J., Rixon currently resides in Lynchburg.
Seth Mullen joined the Liberty athletics department in August 2012, and currently serves as Assistant Director of Ticket Operations.
In his current role at Liberty, Mullen is responsible for all ticket operations for university events, including theater, concerts, men’s club hockey and special events. He also handles ticket operations for men’s basketball, while assisting with game-day ticket operations for football. Mullen oversees student ticketing for all sports, while also conducting day-to-day operations of the ticket office.
He currently holds membership in the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA). He is a member of the Down Syndrome Association, and is FEMA Certified through the Emergency Management Institute.
Mullen holds a pair of degrees from Liberty. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sport management in 2011, before earning a master’s degree in sport administration in 2013.
Mullen currently resides in Lynchburg.
Phone: (434) 582-2582
Fax: (434) 582-2205
Bob Good is currently in his ninth year as a member of the Liberty University athletics department, having joined the staff as Director of Athletics Development & Flames Club in August 2005. His responsibilities include the growth and management of the Flames Club Annual Fund, coordination of capital campaigns, and cultivation of major gifts. Under Good’s direction, more than $9 million in contributions have been secured for Liberty Athletics.
Included in that total is the $1 million that was raised in 2009 to expand Osborne Stadium at the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex and to construct the Luurtsema Center, a 5,000 square-foot operations center for the soccer and track & field programs. In 2010, Good helped to secure the funds to build the Cook Center, a 3,000 square-foot facility that serves as an operations center for the tennis programs. The most recent Olympic sport facility project was the construction of the new golf clubhouse, for which $750,000 in funding was generated from private sources.
The majority of Good’s time is devoted to the Flames Club, which has seen dramatic growth in Annual Fund support since his arrival. Flames Club membership stood at 89 donors contributing $56,000 in 2004, the year before Good took the reins. In 2013, the Flames Club had 625 members contribute $571,000, representing a ten-fold increase in giving over the past nine years.
Shortly after coming to Liberty, Good restructured the Flames Club annual fund membership benefits, including parking and seating privileges and game-day hospitality. In 2007, he designed the program’s first priority points system in order to more effectively assign seats and parking to members on an objective basis that recognizes loyalty and dollars contributed. Good and his team are responsible for the sale of the 18 luxury suites and 788 club seats at Williams Stadium for football, the Vines Center’s 28 courtside seats and 200 club seats for basketball, and the four luxury suites and 470 premium seats in the new Liberty Baseball Stadium.
Good brought a wealth of business experience to the Liberty University campus after having served for 17 years in various positions of leadership with CitiFinancial, a Fortune 100 lending company. He started with the organization in 1988 in Norfolk, Va., before advancing to branch manager in Virginia Beach, Va. in 1990. In 1998, Good was promoted to area training director, where he served as a leadership trainer for 60 branches and 250 employees in five states while based out of Wilmington, Del.
Good was elevated to the position of district manager in 1999 and managed nine lending branches throughout northern Georgia and southeastern Tennessee, while headquartered in Atlanta. Under his leadership, annual net operating income for the district grew from $1.1 million to $3.4 million. Good moved closer to the area in 2002 when he accepted an offer to lead the company’s district based in Roanoke, Va., where annual profits also improved rapidly, growing from $1.9 million to $3.7 million. He served in this role until joining the Liberty University athletics department in 2005.
Good is no stranger to Liberty or its athletics program, as he received his Bachelor of Science in finance in 1988 and was a four-year member of the wrestling team. He finished his wrestling career with over 30 victories, including 20 wins during his senior season. Good won the 1988 NCAA South Regional and qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championships, where he finished the event in a tie for ninth place.
Good also played a role in the 2005 reinstatement of the wrestling program at Liberty, having served as the chairman of the former Liberty Wrestling Foundation from 2002-04. The organization, comprised of alumni and other supporters of Liberty Wrestling, raised funds to help facilitate the return of NCAA wrestling to the university.
Good earned his Masters of Business Administration from Liberty in 2010, graduating with distinction. He is married to the former Tracey Greene, who was a Liberty cheerleader and is also a 1988 graduate. The couple has three children - Patrick (20), Sydney (17) and Conner (15).
Lauren Thom is currently in her fifth year as a member of the Liberty University Athletics Department, having joined the staff as the Flames Club Membership Coordinator in April of 2008. In her current capacity, she serves as the manager of events and donor relations.
Thom’s responsibilities include management of the donor data base, gift processing, organization of mail campaigns, coordination of home and away game-day hospitality for football and basketball, donor stewardship, and event planning. She has helped to facilitate the growth of the Flames Club from 332 members in 2007, the year before her arrival, to 511 members in 2011; representing a 54% increase.
Thom graduated in 2008 from Liberty with a B.S. in business marketing. She is from Orlando, Florida and is a graduate of The First Academy, the Christian school affiliated with First Baptist Church of Orlando.
Thom married former Liberty football player Richard Thom, who is currently in his third year of his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Lynchburg College. The couple resides in Lynchburg, Va.
Phone: (434) 592-3925
Fax: (434) 582-2205
Matt Staton currently serves Liberty as Assistant Athletics Director for Event Management at Liberty, being promoted to that title in July 2013. He had previously held the position of Assistant Athletics Business Manager/Game Operations since 2011. In October 2009, Staton officially joined the athletics department as Game Operations Graduate Assistant.
In his current role, Staton facilitates game-day operations for Liberty’s athletics teams, working directly with coaches, visiting teams and officials. Staton assembles and supervises a group of practicum students, interns and student volunteers to assist at events and gain valuable work experience. He coordinates with on-campus groups for operation of events and supervises the events on game day. Staton assists in day-to-day operation of the athletic business office, and assists teams and administration with budget planning and management.
He served as the assistant tournament director when Liberty hosted the 2013 Big South Baseball Championship, and was the tournament director for the 2013 NorPac Field Hockey Championship.
During his time as a graduate assistant, Staton coordinated game-day operations for soccer, volleyball, basketball, football, lacrosse, swimming, softball and baseball. Staton coordinated with visiting teams and officials for their trip to campus, and worked directly with the ticket office and marketing staff to assist with game-day needs.
Staton holds membership with the College Event and Facilities Management Association (CEFMA).
While completing his undergraduate studies at Liberty, Staton spent four seasons assisting the Flames’ football staff as a student manager.
He graduated from Liberty in May 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in sport management and a business minor. He then earned his master’s degree in management and leadership, also from Liberty, in May 2011.
Staton and his wife, Kalea, currently reside in Lynchburg.
Phone: (434) 582-2407
Fax: (434) 582-4620
Mr. Porter was named the Assistant Athletics Director for Sports Medicine on February 1, 2012. His duties include administrating and overseeing the daily needs of the athletic training staff, graduate assistants, and working to coordinate the overall operations of Liberty University Sports Medicine. In addition, Porter is an adjunct professor in Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) and an instructor for the ACES Board of Certification (BOC) workshops.
Porter graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1997 with an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and a concentration in Sports Medicine. During his undergraduate career, Porter obtained summer positions at both the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY and the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD. In 1999, Porter completed his master’s degree in sports administration at Texas Tech University while serving as a Graduate Assistant with football and track and field. Porter was the Head Athletic Trainer at Southwest Baptist University from 1999-2001 and the Head Football Athletic Trainer at Liberty during the 2002 and 2003 seasons.
From 2003 – 2008, Porter moved into full time ministry fulfilling positions as church administrator, college pastor and senior pastor in the St. Louis, MO area. While in the ministry, Porter kept his athletic training skills sharp by working as an adjunct professor at Logan College of Chiropractic, teaching in the Masters’ Program in Sports Science and Rehabilitation. Porter additionally taught Biomechanics in the Health and Sport Science department at Missouri Baptist University. Porter’s passion for both teaching and athletics, has allowed him the privilege of preaching at team chapels for the St. Louis Rams, NCAA Women’s Final Four Coaches’ Chapel, numerous FCA and AIA events, and pregame devotions for Liberty baseball and women’s basketball programs respectively.
Porter is a member of the Virginia Athletic Trainers Association (VATA) and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). Porter also serves as an ACES BOC workshop instructor.
In 2009, Porter returned to Liberty University when he joined the Athletic Training Education Program faculty as the Clinical Coordinator and assistant professor teaching the practicum courses, Upper and Lower Evaluation, Medical Aspects, Community Health, and Introduction to Exercise Science. Porter is an adjunct professor in Health Science and is currently pursuing his doctorate in Educational Leadership through Liberty University.
Porter is married to Rachael and the couple has one daughter, Eden (7). The Porters currently reside in Lynchburg.
Mr. Finke is the senior assistant athletic trainer assigned to football. Finke completed his undergraduate work at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2000 and received his MS degree from UT Chattanooga in 2002.
Finke is married to Marry and has two children, Noah (4) and Ella (2).
Men's Basketball, Golf & Rehab Coordinator
Mr. Schreiner is the senior assistant athletic trainer responsible for men’s basketball as well as coordinating athletics-wide rehab. Schreiner completed his undergraduate work at Taylor University in 2002 and received his MS from the University of Toledo in 2005.
Schreiner is married to Mrs. Chelsea Schreiner
Volleyball, M&W Tennis
Ms. Moore is the senior associate athletic trainer for women's sports, and is in charge of volleyball and men's and women's tennis. Moore completed her undergraduate work at the University of New Hampshire in 2007 and received her MS degree from James Madison University in 2010.
Women's Soccer, Softball, Swimming
Mr. Brown is the assistant athletic trainer in charge of women’s soccer and softball. He completed his undergraduate work at Western Carolina University in 2010 and is currently working on his Master’s of Business Administration - Healthcare Management. Mr. Brown has had previous internships with Duke University’s K-Lab, Durham Bulls Triple-A baseball club, Virginia Tech, and the Baltimore Ravens. Mr. Brown has become a part of Liberty’s athletic training staff after completing his graduate assistantship at Liberty with football, baseball, and men’s soccer teams.
Maggie Lindsey joined the Liberty Sports Medicine staff in December 2013, currently holding the position of Assistant Athletic Trainer.
In her current position, Lindsey assists the head football athletic trainer in prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries.
She is certified through the Board of Certification (BOC), and holds memberships with the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers’ Association (MAATA).
Lindsey previously served as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at Liberty, assisting with football, swimming & diving, women’s soccer and softball, before being promoted to a full-time position.
Prior to her time at Liberty, Lindsey was an Intern Athletic Trainer at Miami (Ohio), specializing with men’s and women’s swimming & diving.
She also spent time as an Athletes in Action Sports Performance Intern with the Xenia Scouts baseball team.
Lindsey graduated from Gardner-Webb with a Bachelor of Science in athletic training in 2011. She is on track to earn a Master of Science in sports administration from Liberty in 2014.
She currently reside in Lynchburg.
Women's Basketball, Cheerleading
Mr. Galley is the assistant athletic trainer in charge of women’s basketball and cheerleading. Galley graduated from Liberty with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training in 2009. The following year, he earned a master’s degree in athletic training from California (Pa.). He also owns a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certification as a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES). Galley is married to Mrs. Katie Galley.
Track & Field, Cross Country
Mary Green joined the Liberty Athletics Department in July 2013, and currently serves as Assistant Athletic Trainer.
Green is tasked with prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries for Liberty’s men’s and women’s track & field and cross country teams.
She is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA).
Prior to joining Liberty’s staff in 2013, Green spent two years as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at South Carolina. While at South Carolina, she was responsible for women’s tennis, golf, and track & field. She completed a research paper entitled Diagnostic ultrasound imaging to measure the thickness of the transversus abdominis muscle during a supine abdominal bridge.
Green has served as an athletic trainer with the international sports ministries of Athletes in Action and Fellowship of Christian Athletes on a number of summer tours traveling to the Caribbean, Guatemala and in the states with the Xenia Scouts baseball team in Ohio. During the summer of 2007, she went on a tour of Russia as a volleyball player for Athletes in Action.
Green earned a Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training from Wingate in 2011. She then completed her master’s degree in physical education with a concentration in athletic training in 2013 from South Carolina.
Green currently resides in Forest, Va.
Men's soccer, baseball
Mr. Preusser is the assistant athletic trainer in charge of men’s soccer and baseball. Preusser completed his undergraduate work at Liberty University in 2006 and received his MS Ed degree from Virginia Tech in 2008. Preusser has had previous intern positions with The University of Michigan and The Jacksonville Jaguars.
Lacrosse, Field Hockey
Ms. Tapken is the assistant athletic trainer responsible for women’s lacrosse and field hockey. She completed her undergraduate degree at Liberty in 2010 and received her master’s in sports science at Florida State University in 2012 where she was a graduate assistant with the women’s tennis and sand volleyball teams.
Kim Newton serves as Athletic Insurance Coordinator, titles which she has held since joining Liberty in September 2013.
In her current position within the Sports Medicine department, Newton coordinates and facilitates the secondary insurance process for all of Liberty’s NCAA student-athletes. She serves as a liaison for Liberty’s secondary insurance company, medical providers and student-athletes. Newton is responsible for filing claims, resolving claim denials and communicating with athletic trainers, student-athletes, parents, insurance companies and medical providers.
She previously served as a creative professional with a successful background in the ownership of various businesses. Newton specialized in product marketing, promotions, sales and property management.
Newton earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics (clothing and textiles) from UNC Greensboro in 1986.
A native of Lynchburg, Newton currently resides in Lynchburg with her husband, Reed, and their two sons, Reed (14) and Remington (13). The Newtons are members of Thomas Road Baptist Church.
Strength and Conditioning
Phone: (434) 582-2106
Fax: (434) 582-2076
Bill Gillespie returned to the Liberty University campus during the winter of 2005 and serves the athletic department as the director of the strength and conditioning program, including the oversight of the weightlifting and conditioning efforts for the football program.
Gillespie has more than 20 years of experience in collegiate strength and conditioning and two years of experience at the professional level after serving as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the NFL's Seattle Seahawks from 2003 until just prior to his return to Liberty.
Gillespie got his coaching start at the collegiate level here at Liberty. He served as assistant strength and conditioning coach from 1983-91, while also serving the university as assistant track and field coach in 1983-85 and 1987-91 and head track and field coach in 1986.
After leaving Liberty in 1991, Gillespie spent 11 years as a member of the strength and conditioning staff at Washington. Gillespie joined the staff as assistant strength and conditioning coach in 1991 and was promoted to Director of Strength and Conditioning in 1999.
Gillespie helped the football program make nine bowl appearances during his tenure, including three-consecutive trips to the Rose Bowl. The Huskies earned a 34-14 victory over Michigan on January 1, 1991, to cap off an undefeated 12-0 season and earn a number two national ranking in the polls.
Gillespie was named Pac-10 Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year in 1991, while finishing as a finalist for National Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year in 2001.
Before joining the Seattle Seahawks' strength and conditioning staff, Gillespie served as the defensive line and strength coach at Decatur High School in Federal Way, Wash., in 2002.
Gillespie is a world-renowned weightlifter, as he is a 40-time world record holder in the bench press after a lift of 804.5 lbs. at the WABDL World Cup Bench Press and Deadlift Championships in April of 2009. He is also a 19-time world champion in the bench press.
Gillespie, a member of the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA) Master Strength and Conditioning Coach program, received his bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies from Liberty in 1983. Gillespie and associate strength and conditioning coach Dave Williams give Liberty the only pair of CSCCA Master Strength Coaches at the same institution at the NCAA Division I FCS level.
While at Liberty, Gillespie was a four-time All-American and a two-time small college national champion in the shot put and a two-year letterwinner on the football team. Gillespie is the former school record in the shot put with an outdoor mark of 55' 8 ½", a mark which stood for 24 years. He was also Liberty's 1983 recipient of the Rock Royer/Mac Rivera award, given annual to Liberty's top graduating student-athlete.
The native of Tacoma, Wash., and his wife, Anita, have two children – Cameron, who is a former member of the football team, and Rachel. Gillespie and Cameron are the strongest father/son combo in the bench press of all-time in the world.
Considered one of the top strength coaches in the country, Dave Williams enters his 30th year as a member of the strength and conditioning coaching staff for the Flames' 20-sport athletics program. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (C.S.C.S.).
During the 1992-93 school year, Williams was one of five finalists nominated for national Strength Coach of the Year. This included strength coaches from the professional sports ranks, along with colleagues at the collegiate level.
Prior to accepting his current position at Liberty, Williams served three years as the head strength coach at Texas A&M. He also spent a year as an assistant strength coach at Alabama.
Before entering the strength and conditioning profession, Williams spent six years as a teacher and coach. He coached for two years at Liberty High School in Bedford, Va., and spent four seasons at Timberlake Christian School in Lynchburg, Va.
Williams earned Associated Press Little All-America honors while playing collegiately at Fairmont State College in Fairmont, W.Va. He played both offensive and defensive line and was a two-year co-captain at Fairmont State, who was NAIA National Champions in 1967. In 2003, the school honored Williams as he was inducted into the Fairmont State College Athletic Department Hall of Fame.
Williams also was an All-West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection. He played high school football at South Charleston High School in South Charleston, W.Va., where he lettered all four years.
Williams graduated from Fairmont State in 1968 with a degree in biology and physical education. He also holds a master's degree from Alabama in physical education.
Williams was recently honored by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association as the veteran coach was named a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach.
There are only 70 collegiate strength and conditioning coaches in the nation to hold this lofty distinction, while Williams and head strength and conditioning coach Bill Gillespie give Liberty the only pair of honored coaches at the same institution at the NCAA Division I FCS level.
He and his wife, Lee, have two daughters, Shelley and Mandy. They also have two grandchildren.
Former Liberty volleyball standout Karyl Bacon returned to her alma mater in December 2012, and currently serves as Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach.
Bacon currently focuses on directing the strength and conditioning programs for Liberty’s women’s soccer, lacrosse, softball, men’s and women’s tennis and golf programs.
She is Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC) through the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa), of which she is also a member. She holds membership in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and is certified as a Health Fitness Specialist (HFS).
Following her graduation from Liberty, Bacon completed a pair of internships in her home state of California. She was an intern at UCLA and at UC Irvine, prior to her return to Liberty as a graduate assistant in 2012.
Bacon was a four-year letterwinner (2007-10) on Liberty’s volleyball team, helping the Lady Flames win four straight Big South regular-season titles and Big South postseason championships in 2007 and 2008. She was a two-time Big South All-Conference selection, garnering first team mention in 2010. Bacon was twice a member of the Big South All-Tournament team, and was voted to the VaSID All-State first team as a senior. She was named the 2011 Big South Woman of the Year, the third Liberty student-athlete to receive the award. Bacon is one of 10 members of Liberty’s 1,000/1,000 club, currently ranking seventh in program history in digs (1,472) and 12th in kills (1,155).
Bacon earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Liberty in 2011. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public health: nutrition at Liberty.
She currently resides in Lynchburg.
Jesse Irizarry joined Liberty's strength and conditioning staff during May 2010, returning to his alma mater. He serves as head strength and conditioning coach for the Lady Flames' swimming and diving program, in addition to working with Liberty's field hockey and football teams.
Irizarry, who is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (C.S.C.S), has been instrumental in elevating the strength and conditioning levels of the women's swimming and diving team. This has helped lead to the Lady Flames' rising success in the pool.
He has been mentored by Liberty's pair of renowned Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association Master Strength and Conditioning Coaches, Bill Gillespie and Dave Williams. Additionally, Irizarry is a student of advanced training programs and concepts that originated from Russian scientists and Eastern Bloc countries.
In addition to his C.S.C.S. distinction, Irizarry is also an American College of Sports Medicine Health and Fitness Specialist. He is CPR-AED certified and is a National Swimming Pool Foundation Certified Pool Operator.
He contributes to major strength and conditioning, fitness and nutrition publications such as T-Nation, EliteFTS and STACK Magazine, and has contributed to the websites of top strength and conditioning professionals.
An accomplished athlete, Irizarry holds state, national and Junior WABL world records in power lifting and is also a former boxer.
Irizarry graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology from Liberty in May 2009.
He currently lives in Lynchburg with his wife and baby daughter.
Patrick Gifford has served the Liberty athletics department since being hired as Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach in October 2013.
Gifford assists with the development and implementation of the year-round strength and conditioning program for Liberty football. He will be taking over strength and conditioning responsibilities for men’s basketball and baseball as well. He also aids in the rehabilitation and training of injured athletes. Gifford holds a supervisory role with the intern program.
He is a member of the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa). Gifford is also CSCS Certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
Gifford spent the 2013 baseball season working with the Miami Marlins organization, serving as Minor League Strength Coach for the Batavia Muckdogs of the New York-Penn League.
Prior to joining Liberty’s staff, he served as a Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Mississippi State (2011-12). He assisted the Bulldogs’ football team, which won the 2011 Music City Bowl.
Gifford previous spent the 2008-09 academic year as a Strength and Conditioning Intern at Michigan State.
In the spring of 2009, Gifford earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, with a concentration in coaching and exercise science from Michigan State.
Gifford currently resides in Lynchburg.
Phone: (434) 582-2103
Fax: (434) 582-2912
Jim Toman enters his sixth year at Liberty after posting the highest NCAA Division I winning percentage (.633) during his first five years in Lynchburg of any head baseball coach in program history.
With 41-19 record last season, Toman's Flames have now posted the school's top two single-season win totals in program history. The 2010 Flames set the school record for wins with a 43-18 campaign.
Toman has also been a part of 14 NCAA Regional teams, seven NCAA Super Regional teams and three College World Series teams.
In addition, his teams have won 35 or more games in four of his five seasons at Liberty and have averaged 37.4 wins per season, the most of any head coach in program history. The Flames have notched a 187-108-1 overall record during his five seasons on Liberty Mountain and have also posted an 82-43 Big South mark over the span. His .664 conference winning percentage is also the best of any head coach in program history.
The Flames post their second 40-plus win season in the past three years under Toman in 2012 and set school records for team ERA, shutouts and fielding percentage. Liberty pitchers recorded a 3.04 team ERA, ranking 15th nationally. In addition, the Flames set a Big South and school record with 11 shutouts.
Defensively, Liberty finished the year with a school record .975 fielding percentage and gave up 217 runs, the fewest by a Flames team since allowing 209 in 1991. Liberty finished the season tied for 12th in the country in runs allowed per game (3.4 runs/games).
Toman saw first baseman Alex Close named a Freshman All-American by both Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA, along with outfielder Ian Parmley and pitchers John Niggli and Blake Forslund drafted in this past June's Major League Baseball Draft.
In 2011, Toman saw seven players from his Flames squad selected during the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft, the most players chosen in a single draft in the 38-year history of the program. The number ties the 2007 and 2010 Coastal Carolina squads for the Big South Conference record for players picked in a single draft.
Liberty had its best season under Toman in 2010, posting a school record for wins in a single season with a 43-18 record. At the time, it was only the second 40-win campaign in the history of the program. The team's ledger was boosted by a 21-8 road mark, the nation's 10th best road record in 2010.
Also, the Flames recorded a 19-7 mark in Big South play, eclipsing its record of the previous season for most league victories by the school since joining the conference in 1992.
On May 2, 2010, Toman recorded his 100th career victory, as the Flames defeated Gardner-Webb, 10-7, at Worthington Stadium. The sixth coach in program history, Toman became the fastest Liberty baseball head coach to amass the milestone, doing so in 160 games.
The Flames had their best year at the plate during Toman's tenure in 2010. Liberty hit .318 and scored 691 runs, the second-best total in each category over the past 16 years. Third baseman Tyler Bream set a school record with 96 hits in a single campaign, while second baseman P.J. Jimenez and outfielder Curran Redal also recorded 90 hits during the year.
The Liberty relief corps also enjoyed a strong season, recording 16 saves, the second most in program history. Only the 2000 Flames team had more, posting 18 saves.
In 2009 the Liberty pitching staff set a new season strikeout record, fanning 508 opposing batters during the year. The Flames' strikeout total led the Big South Conference and their 8.2 strikeouts per nine innings ranked 22nd nationally at season's end.
Also, Liberty set a new fielding standard in 2009, committing the fewest errors, 53, in team history. The 2009 team's fielding percentage ranked 16th in the country. From that infield, third baseman Tyler Bream was named a Freshman All-American by the Collegiate Baseball News.
Toman was named the sixth head coach in the history of the Liberty Baseball program in June 2007, after 11 seasons as the senior member of Ray Tanner's coaching staff at South Carolina. Toman worked a total of 18 years alongside Tanner, dating back to the 1990 season at N.C. State.
During his time at South Carolina, Toman served as recruiting coordinator and coached the catchers. Known as one of the top recruiters in college baseball, the 22-year college coaching veteran was named the 2002 Baseball America/American Baseball Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year. Before joining the Gamecock staff in 1996, Toman served under Tanner for seven years at N.C. State.
Toman has recruited 15 top 25 classes, including all 11 of his seasons at South Carolina. During his final years with the Gamecocks, he recruited many of the players who were members of the 2010 and 2011 South Carolina National Championship teams. From 2003-2006, three of the four Gamecock recruiting classes were ranked first in the nation by Collegiate Baseball. Toman's 2003, 2005 and 2006 classes were named the top recruiting classes by the publication.
The 2004 South Carolina recruiting class was ranked ninth in the nation by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball, while his 2002 class was selected eighth. The 2001 Gamecock class was ranked 10th and the 2000 class eighth best by Collegiate Baseball. The 1997 South Carolina class was ranked 17th and the 1998 and 1999 classes were both ranked 11th.
During his time on the staff in Columbia, S.C., Toman and the Gamecocks made nine NCAA Regional appearances, including eight straight between 2000 and 2007, and three consecutive trips to the College World Series (2002-04). Add in his seven seasons at N.C. State, and Toman has helped lead 14 teams to NCAA Regional appearances.
In addition, South Carolina posted eight straight seasons of 40 or more wins with Toman on the Gamecock coaching staff. During Toman's 11 seasons at South Carolina, he helped the Gamecocks to a combined 500-220 record (.694).
He was a four-year letterwinner at N.C. State from 1981-84, and served as team captain of the Wolfpack his junior and senior seasons. The highlight of his career as a player came in the 1984 Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, when he set tournament records for home runs (4), doubles (4) and total bases (25) and was named to the all-tournament team.
Toman earned a bachelor of science degree in vocational industrial education from N.C. State in 1985 and graduated as the top student in the vocational industrial education curriculum. He received a master of science degree in sport management from N.C. State in 1995 with a 4.0 grade-point average.
Upon graduation, Toman entered the coaching profession as an assistant at Richmond County High School in Rockingham, N.C. While working with one of the top high school baseball programs in North Carolina for two years, he also served as head wrestling coach and as an assistant football coach. He then moved to Atlantic Community High School in Del Ray Beach, Fla., where he spent a year as an assistant for baseball.
Toman moved into the collegiate coaching ranks in 1989 as an assistant at Florida International for one year. At Florida International, he was responsible for the weight program, worked with the squad's catchers and coached first base. Toman joined the N.C. State staff before the 1990 season.
Toman also spent three summers as an assistant coach with the Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod League.
A native of Monroeville, Pa., Toman is married to the former Ashley McLaughlin of Florence, S.C., and lives in Forest, Va. They have three children - Caroline (15), Charlie Mac (12), and Tucker (9). The Tomans are members of the Thomas Road Baptist Church.
In his fourth year at Liberty, Jason Murray serves as an assistant coach and the team's recruiting coordinator. He also provides infield instruction, assists with hitting instruction and serves as the team's third base coach during games.
Murray is no stranger in Big South Conference baseball circles, having also served two assistant coaching stints at Winthrop and leading the Charleston Southern program as its head coach for four years from 2005-08.
In two of his three years on the Flames staff, Liberty has won 40 or more games in season. Last season, the Flames posted a 41-19 record, as Murray's infielders set a program record with a .975 fielding percentage. Liberty committed 53 errors and turned 60 double plays in 60 games.
Meanwhile, under Murray's guidance first baseman Alex Close was named a 2012 Freshman All-America and the Big South Freshman of the Year, while setting a new conference freshman season record with 14 home runs.
During the 2011 season, Murray assisted in helping Liberty hitters make an adjustment to the new BBCOR bats. Infielders Tyler Bream and Matt Williams and catcher Casey Rasmus were three of the program and conference record seven Flames selected in the 2011 Major League Draft, who received guidance from Murray.
Liberty hitters and infielders put together strong campaigns with Murray's assistance in his first year on the Flames staff. Liberty posted a school-record 43 wins, hitting .318 and scoring 691 runs, the second-best total in each category over the past 16 years. Third baseman Tyler Bream set the school record with 96 hits during the season, while second baseman P.J. Jimenez and outfielder Curran Redal, also recorded at 90 hits each during the year.
In addition, the Flames recorded a .971 fielding percentage, the best in the Big South Conference and turned 62 double plays, finishing the year 19th nationally in the category.
Before coming to Liberty, Murray served as an assistant coach for the second time under Joe Hudak at Winthrop in 2009. He assisted with positional player development for the Eagles, who recorded a 35-25 overall mark and finished in second place in the Big South standings with an 18-9 mark. He saw two players under his guidance, John Murrian (Detrioit Tigers) and Kevin Nolan (Toronto Blue Jays), drafted in the 2009 MLB Draft and sign professional contracts. Murray also assisted with on campus recruiting, player academic progress and field maintenance and was director of the team's youth hitting school.
From 2005-08, Murray was the head coach at Charleston Southern, where he recorded the fourth highest win total in school history with an 82-136 mark. In his four years at the school, Murray led the Buccaneers to several accomplishments both on and off the field. On the field, three players were selected Freshmen All-Americans, six were named all-conference players and one received conference academic team honors. Off the field, he saw his team record a 3.0 GPA for the first time in eight years in 2006 and receive the athletic department's 2007 and 2008 Athletic Team Community Service Award.
During the 2008 season, Murray's Buccaneers hit .297, the highest batting average by a Charleston Southern team in 13 years. In addition, pitcher Payton Tweddale became the program's career and single season saves leader and outfielder Justin Fyle became the school's single season hits leader.
In his first season with the Buccaneers in 2005, the pitching staff had its lowest ERA in five years. The staff included pitcher Robert Parnell, who currently plays for the New York Mets.
Murray was an assistant coach at Michigan under head coach Rich Maloney from 2003-04, serving as the program's recruiting coordinator and coaching the outfielders. In each of his two seasons in Ann Arbor, the Wolverines posted 30 or more wins. Three players under his guidance, Jake Fox (Chicago Cubs), J.D. Roberts (Cincinnati Reds) and Chris Getz (Chicago White Sox) were selected in the MLB Draft. Fox, an All-American in 2004, played in the majors for the Chicago Cubs, Oakland A's and Baltimore Orioles. Getz currently plays second base for the Kansas City Royals.
In 2002, Murray was a volunteer assistant coach on head coach Pat McMahon's staff at Florida. The Gators went 46-19 and hosted a NCAA Regional, breaking 45 school records. Murray served as the team's first base coach and assisted in on-campus recruiting. A record eight players from that team were taken in the MLB Draft. Three players from the squad were named All-Americans.
Murray served as an assistant coach at Winthrop in 2001, as the Eagles posted a 48-16-1 record and participated in the East Carolina NCAA Regional. Murray coached first base, directed weight training, oversaw field maintenance and assisted in recruiting. Three players from that squad were named to the Big South all-conference team, with one being drafted in the MLB Draft.
Murray got his start in coaching, as a student assistant coach for his alma mater Ball State in 1998. He served as a bench coach for the 39-18 Mid-American Conference (MAC) Western Division Champions.
Murray graduated from Ball State in 1998 with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education. In 1997, he was named the shortstop for the American Baseball Coaches Association All-Region team and the All-MAC first team. The Cardinals became the first Ball State team to post a 40-win season that year, with a 40-19 mark. Murray ranked 20th in the country with a .425 batting average and had 20 doubles, which ranked second on the Cardinals' all-time single-season upon graduation.
A native of Bluffton, Ind., Murray is married to the former Mindy Curtis. The couple lives in Lynchburg.
Garrett Quinn enters his fifth year as an assistant coach, serving as the Flames' pitching coach. Besides his work with the Liberty pitching staff, he also assists with scheduling and recruiting.
Under his guidance, Flames pitchers set school records for team ERA and shutouts in 2012, helping drive Liberty to its second 40-plus win season in the last three years.. Liberty pitchers recorded a 3.04 team ERA, finishing the year ranked 15th nationally. In addition, the Flames led the country with 11 shutouts, setting Big South Conference and school records.
Big South All-Conference first team pitcher John Niggli paced Quinn's staff, leading the conference with 103 2/3 innings pitched, while ranking second with nine wins and fourth with a 2.17 ERA. Niggli finished his Liberty career with a 2.86 ERA, the lowest in Liberty history of pitchers with 100 or more innings pitched. The right-hander was selected in the ninth round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft by the Texas Rangers. Another member of the staff, Blake Forslund was taken in the 15th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
In 2011, three of Quinn's pitchers, Garrett Baker, Steven Evans and Keegan Linza, not only earned all-conference honors, but were among the Liberty program and conference-record seven players selected in the 2011 draft. Baker was the first Liberty player taken in the 2011 Draft, when the left-hander was selected in the 11th round by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He became the highest Liberty pitcher to be taken in the entry draft since Jason Jones was chosen in the fourth round of the 2004 MLB Draft by the New York Yankees.
During the year, Linza tied a Liberty record for wins in a season with an 11-3 record, topping the Big South Conference and ranking sixth in the nation in victories. He also finished second in the Big South with 108 innings pitched and a 2.08 ERA. The two marks rank among the program's single-season leaders.
Meanwhile, Evans completed his four-year career at Liberty by placing his name on several of the school's career lists. The left-hander posted a 26-10 record during his Flames career, finishing second on the program's all-time victory list. He also concluded his Liberty career second on the Liberty's innings pitched and strikeout ledgers.
In 2010, Liberty pitchers recorded a 4.38 ERA, which ranked 34th nationally. The Flames held opponents to a .276 batting average and recorded a 2-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio, playing a key role in Liberty setting a new school record with 43 victories.
The Liberty relief corps enjoyed its strongest season under Quinn, recording 16 saves, the second most in program history. Only the 2000 Flames team had more, posting 18 saves. Liberty led the conference in the category.
Quinn also saw two-time Big South All-Conference pitcher Shawn Teufel become the second pitcher from one of his Liberty mound staffs taken in the MLB Draft, as the left-hander was selected by the Detroit Tigers. Teufel posted career-highs under Quinn in 2010, rewarding a 10-4 mark with a Big South Conference-leading 2.44 ERA and striking out 92 over 103 1/3 innings.
Before joining the Liberty coaching staff in 2009, Quinn spent four years at Stetson, where he was the Hatters' pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.
During his time at Stetson, Quinn coached three All-Americans (two preseason and one postseason) and six Atlantic Sun (A-Sun) all-conference performers. In addition, five Stetson pitchers inked professional contracts - Ryan Dixon (St. Louis Cardinals) in 2005, Nathan Nery (Baltimore Orioles) in 2006, Corey Kluber (San Diego Padres) and Chris Ingoglia (Florida Marlins) in 2007, and Nick Pugliese (Anaheim Angels) in 2008.
The Hatters made three consecutive NCAA Regional appearances during Quinn's first three years at the school. Stetson captured back-to-back A-Sun Championships in 2005 and 2006. In 2007, Quinn's mound staff helped Stetson post a 42-21 mark and receive an at-large selection to the NCAA Tournament field.
Quinn served as pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Young Harris in Georgia in 2004. The Mountain Lions posted a 52-8 overall record and won the GJCAA Conference championship. He also was the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for two years at St. Thomas (Fla.) from 2002-03.
From 1998 through 2001, Quinn served as a volunteer assistant coach at Florida. He assisted with the team's pitching staff and with recruiting. The Gators made two NCAA Regional appearances during his time in Gainesville.
Quinn also has coached in various summer wood bat leagues. From 2001-03, he served on the coaching staff of the Cotuit Kettleers of the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL), serving as the team's head coach in 2002 and 2003. In 2002, he led the Kettleers to the Western Division Cape Championship.
He has also coached for the Edenton Steamers of the Coastal Plain Collegiate League and the Athens Trojans of the Georgia Peach Connie Mack Baseball League.
A four-year letterwinner for Maine, Quinn earned first team All-America East and America East Conference Pitcher of the Year honors in 1997. When his Black Bears career ended, Quinn held the school records for most appearances in a season (26) and in a career (77). He was also second on the all-time list for career saves with 17.
Quinn graduated from Maine in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He also received a master of education degree from Florida in 2001.
A native of Skowhegan, Maine, Quinn is married to the former Katie Sydes. They have two children, Jackson (8) and Ellie (6), and live in Lynchburg.
Former Liberty infielder Zack Haley enters his first season as a member of the Flames coaching staff. He will assist with infield and hitting instruction.
After transferring to Liberty for the 2011 season, Haley was a two-year starter for the Flames as a middle infielder. Last year, the infielder concluded his collegiate baseball career by earning selection to the Big South All-Conference second team at shortstop. He hit .303 with 25 RBIs and 45 runs scored in 2012.
Haley led the Big South Conference with 21 doubles, tying him for fifth on the Liberty single season list. He started every game at shortstop for the Flames, committing only 11 errors in 277 chances (.960 fielding percentage).
In 2011, Haley was Liberty's everyday second baseman. He finished the year with a .284 batting average, 28 runs scored and a .961 fielding percentage.
Haley played two seasons at Yavapai College, where the Roughriders won the Arizona College Athletic Conference title in each of his two years with the team. In 2010, he hit .339 for the 40-21 Roughriders, who were ranked as high as No. 6 in the nation in the NJCAA Division I poll during the year.
A native of Prescott, Ariz., Haley graduated this past May from Liberty with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. He currently resides in Lynchburg.
Jonathan McMahon is in first year as the Director of Baseball Operations. He oversees several administrative phases of the Liberty baseball program, including team travel, budget, academics, alumni relations and day-to-day operations of the office.
In addition, McMahon oversees all equipment management, administers camps and is the primary contact on the staff with the umpire crews for every home game.
McMahon is no stranger to the Flames baseball program. He served as a team manager for the program the last two seasons.
Before enrolling at Liberty, McMahon played baseball for the Bloomfield travel team during his high school years.
A native of Bloomfield, Conn., McMahon graduated from Liberty this past May with a degree in sport management. He currently resides in Lynchburg.
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On November 18, 2010, Liberty University Director of Athletics Jeff Barber announced the addition of field hockey, while also naming former Richmond assistant coach Jodi Murphy as the program's inaugural head coach.
In her first season as a head coach, Murphy led the Lady Flames to six victories, while competing as a Division I independent. On July 1, 2012, Liberty joined the NorPac Conference, becoming the league's ninth member.
In 2012, Murphy helped guide the Lady Flames to a 16-6 overall record, marking a 10-win improvement from their inaugural season. Liberty's .727 winning percentage ranked 10th in the nation. Under Murphy's leadership, the Lady Flames posted a 7-1 mark in NorPac play, capturing the east division's regular-season title in just their first season in the conference.
Murphy was honored as the 2012 NorPac Co-Coach of the Year, as Liberty became just the second team from the NorPac's east division to reach the conference title game. In addition, four Lady Flames earned all-conference recognition, headlined by Natalie Barr and Sarah Gipe who earned the NorPac East Offensive Player of the Year and the Maria Whitehead Rookie of the Year, respectively.
In addition to the success on the field, Murphy's squads have also excelled in the classroom. Liberty earned the NFHCA's National Team Award in 2011 and 2012, while three Lady Flames were tabbed Scholars of Distinction this past season.
Murphy also played a part in overlooking the completion of the program's nylon woven turf field, which is water-based and features six water cannons.
Murphy brought a wealth and variety of both playing and coaching experience to Liberty's field hockey program and is familiar with Virginia, as much of her experience comes from her time at Richmond.
Murphy spent three seasons as an assistant coach at her alma mater, capping the three-year stint by helping Richmond to the 2009 Atlantic 10 regular-season title, Atlantic 10 conference title, a berth in the NCAA Tournament and a No. 19 final season ranking.
During her time with the Spiders, Murphy helped coach 18 Atlantic 10 all-conference players, seven VaSID all-state student-athletes, a third-team All-American and a pair of players who have earned Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors.
En route to the 2009 Atlantic 10 title, Murphy helped the Spiders' defense finish the season ranked No. 17 nationally with a 1.62 goals against average.
While on staff at Richmond, Murphy served as the Director of Staff Operations and was responsible for all aspects of recruiting, including player evaluation, correspondence and official on-campus visits.
Murphy also brings an array of additional coaching experience, including time spent at West Chester University, US Field Hockey (working with the Futures Developmental Program as both a Head Coach and Site Director) and leading hockey projects abroad with her non-profit organization, Pathfinder Hockey.
Murphy started her collegiate playing career at Indiana, playing for the Hoosiers for two years before transferring to Richmond. During her days at Indiana, Murphy started 37 out of 38 games over two seasons and earned NFHCA academic honors.
Murphy transferred to Richmond for the 2005 season and helped guide the Spiders to back-to-back Atlantic 10 titles and trips the NCAA Tournament.
As a junior, she started all 22 games and earned second-team Atlantic 10 honors, while she was a first-team honoree as a senior.
Murphy was a four-year starter and team captain at Jamestown High School in her hometown of Williamsburg, Va. She was a two-time first-team Virginia All-State selection and Virginia State High School League AA Player of the Year in 2002.
Murphy has participated in the USFHA A-Camp in 2003-04 and was a part of the National Field Hockey Futures National Championship from 1999-02. She graduated from Richmond in 2007 with a bachelor of arts in religion with an English minor.
Murphy currently resides in Lynchburg.
Tilly Brampton enters her third year with the Liberty field hockey program. She joined the team prior to its first year of competition, during the summer of 2011.
Brampton serves as a key instructor for the team's offensive unit, focusing primarily on the forward line. She also provides administrative support, helping with recruiting, equipment management and video coordination.
In 2012, under Brampton's direction, freshman Sarah Gipe earned the NorPac's Maria Whitehead Rookie of the Year award, after notching 28 points (13 goals, 2 assists). Overall, Liberty finished second in the conference in scoring margin, scoring average, goals scored and goals scored per game.
Brampton, a native of Sussex, England, has playing experience at multiple levels. After serving as the team captain of Burgess Hill School field hockey, she played for U-16, U-18 and U-21 South of England teams as well as National League for Staines Hockey Club where her teams achieved championship successes.
Brampton then played for one year at Boston College as a graduate student, seeing action in 18 games in 2010. She notched two goals and an assist on the year, including a game winner against Northeastern.
As a coach, Brampton has also worked at multiple levels, including instructing club and school teams in England before becoming a qualified physical education teacher. While at Boston College, Brampton helped coach at high school clinics and camps, serving as an assistant coach during the instruction.
Jacki Raithel joined the Liberty field hockey program prior to its first year of competition, during the summer of 2011.
Raithel serves as the goalkeepers coach, working with the team's two goalies. Under Raithel's guidance, Ann Jefferis earned NFHCA All-South Region second team honors during the 2011 season. In 2012, freshman goalkeeper Mallory Cuccio finished the year ranked first in the nation in goals-against average (1.01) and 13th in save percentage (.768). Raithel's coaching helped Liberty's goalies surrender just 1.41 goals per game in 2012, which was good for first in the NorPac.
Raithel also provides administrative support for the program, assisting with recruiting and team travel.
In addition to her coaching responsibilities with the Lady Flames, Raithel heads up Liberty's USA Field Hockey Futures site, and works as a Futures Regional Selector and Coach.
A native of Fairfax, Va., Raithel was a three-time letterwinner at James W. Robinson High School. She then attended Richmond, where she spent her four years in the net for the Spiders. Starting in all 23 contests during her senior year (2009), she blocked away 94 shots on the season, including a career-high 11 saves against Princeton. She posted six shutouts to finish the year tied for first in the Atlantic 10 in the category, leading her to second team All-Atlantic 10 honors. Raithel also left her mark in the Richmond record books, finishing her career ranked third in goals-against average (2.41).
Aside from playing experience, Raithel has coached at various levels while often focusing on goalkeepers. She has been involved with coaching since 2007 with various club teams and has recently served as an assistant coach at Douglass Freeman High School and with Futures.
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During his first year as head coach, Turner Gill continued Liberty's recent championship runs, guiding the Flames to a share of the Big South Conference title, the program's fifth conference championship in the last six seasons.
Gill was hired as the program's eighth head coach on Dec. 14, 2011. He quickly faced several daunting tasks, including the replacement of an All-American quarterback-wide receiver duo and one of the most challenging non-conference schedules in program history.
During his first four games at Liberty, Gill, a former Nebraska standout quarterback and head coach at Buffalo and Kansas, faced an ACC foe in Wake Forest, and three-consecutive nationally ranked FCS opponents (No. 24 Norfolk State, No. 14/12 Montana and No. 16/13 Lehigh).
The challenges of the first month of the season and the experience of Gill's past helped prepare the Flames for the last two months of the year. Liberty closed out its first year under Gill's guidance by winning six of its last seven games, starting with a Homecoming thriller where the Flames scored 32 of the game's last 39 points to rally for Gill's first win on Liberty Mountain (Nov. 10, 2012 – W/ 42-35 vs. Gardner-Webb).
The remainder of the season was spotlighted by two late games in November, victories that secured the Flames championship season.
In their last home game of the season, the Flames created five turnovers and stopped one of the most potent FCS offenses in the country to post a 28-14 win over No. 6/8 Stony Brook (Nov. 10, 2012). The win marked the first time Liberty had defeated a Top 10 team in program history.
The following week, the Flames made the trip over the Blue Ridge Mountains and used a pair of rushing touchdowns during the fourth quarter to defeat the VMI Keydets, 33-14 (Nov. 17, 2012). The win earned Liberty a share of the Big South's title, marking the third time Gill had led a team to a conference crown (Buffalo in 2007 and 2008).
Gill finished his first year at Liberty with a 6-5 record, his second-highest win total in seven years as a head coach (highest was an 8-6 record at Buffalo in 2008).
Liberty completed its 10th season of Big South football with a 5-1 record, Gill's third time leading a team to five conference wins in a campaign. Gill also led Buffalo to five-win seasons in 2007 and 2008, both seasons with a 5-3 conference mark in the Mid-American Conference.
At season's end, 13 of Gill's players earned All-Big South honors, while his redshirt freshman quarterback started a career that caught national attention.
Josh Woodrum, thrust into the starting lineup three games into the year due to an injury, was aided from Gill's instruction, who was a Heisman Trophy finalist as a quarterback at Nebraska in 1983.
Woodrum posted the second-best numbers as a freshman quarterback in program history (1,966 passing yards, 11 TDs). He also finished the year No. 13 in the final voting for the Jerry Rice Award, given annually to the top FCS freshman player in the country.
As a team, Gill's Flames finished the 2012 season ranked No. 15 in the country in total defense, allowing 314.73 total offensive yards per game to opponents. On the other side of the line of scrimmage, the Flames averaged more than 400 total offensive yards per game.
Gill came to Liberty after serving two years as head coach of the Kansas Jayhawks. During his time in Lawrence, Kan., Gill coached 10 players who earned All-Big 12 honors, including 2011 All-Big 12 second-team all-conference offensive lineman Jeremiah Hatch and nine players who garnered All-Big 12 honorable-mention accolades.
Gill's two-year coaching stint at Kansas was spotlighted by a victory over No. 15 Georgia Tech, 28-25, his first Jayhawks win in 2010, and a 52-45 victory over Colorado, where he rallied Kansas for a fourth-quarter comeback after being down 45-17.
Gill received his first head coaching position in 2006, when he took over a struggling Buffalo Bulls program. After posting a 2-10 record during his inaugural season, Gill guided the Bulls to a 5-7 record in 2007, the program's best mark in more than a decade, when they had finished 8-3 in 1996 while competing at the FCS level (then called I-AA football).
Gill was honored for his turnaround efforts in 2007 when he was named Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year, following the Bulls' 5-3 record in conference play. Buffalo finished the season 4-2 in the MAC East Division, earning the Bulls a share of the conference regular-season title in just his second season at the helm of the program.
Gill continued the upward trend in 2008, leading Buffalo to an 8-6 overall record and the MAC championship following a 42-24 victory over Ball State in the conference title game. The victory earned the Bulls the program's first-ever postseason bowl game appearance, where Buffalo lost to Connecticut in the International Bowl.
The 2008 season saw Gill earn MAC Coach of the Year honors by The Sporting News and he was a finalist for the Bear Bryant National Coach of the Year award. With Gill at the helm of the Bulls' high-powered offense, Buffalo set a program record by scoring 424 points in 2008, which ranked No. 34 nationally in scoring offense.
Gill's longest coaching tenure has been at his alma mater, where he served as an assistant coach from 1992 to 2004. He served as the Cornhuskers' quarterbacks coach from 1992 to 2003 and wide receivers coach during his final year with the program.
During his decade-plus coaching stint in Lincoln, Neb., Gill was part of a coaching staff that guided Nebraska to 13-straight bowl appearances and three national championships (1994, 1995 and 1997).
Gill instructed two All-America quarterbacks at Nebraska in Tommy Frazier (1995) and Eric Couch (2001). Couch became the third player in the storied history of the Cornhusker program to win the Heisman Trophy, also doing so in 2001.
Gill was honored himself in 2002 when he was a finalist for the Frank Broyles Award, given annually to the nation's top assistant coach.
Prior to his full-time coaching days at Nebraska, Gill also served as a graduate assistant at North Texas (1989), Nebraska (1990) and Southern Methodist (1991). Gill also served one year as the Green Bay Packers' Director of Player Development in 2005, before leaving the professional ranks to return to the collegiate level to take over the Buffalo program in 2006.
During his playing career at Nebraska (1980-83), Gill guided the Cornhuskers to a 28-2 record and an unblemished 20-0 record in conference play. He led Nebraska to three-straight Orange Bowl appearances, spotlighted by a win over LSU on Jan. 1, 1983.
Gill was a three-time Big Eight all-conference selection, earned second-team All-America honors and was a Heisman Award finalist, where he finished fourth in the voting in 1983.
Gill was honored as the quarterback selection to the Big Eight Conference All-Decade Team (1980-89) and has been inducted' into both the Nebraska Football and Orange Bowl Halls of Fame.
Gill also played collegiate baseball for one season at Nebraska and earned All-Big Eight honors at shortstop. Following his collegiate career, Gill played two seasons in the Canadian Football League with Montreal (1984-85) and three years as a baseball player in the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers minor league systems (1986-88).
Gill completed his bachelor's degree in behavior analysis at North Texas in 1990. The Fort Worth, Texas, native and his wife, Gayle, have two daughters – Jordan and Margaux.
Aaron Stamn is one of several coaches who have served under Turner Gill at two prior programs, having previously worked under Gill at Buffalo and Kansas.
Midway through the 2012 season, Gill promoted Stamn to his current role as the program's offensive coordinator, with tight end and fullback specific position responsibilities.
Stamn's direct position responsibility is one with which he is familiar when working under Gill, as he will oversee Liberty's tight ends and fullbacks.
Stamn took over as Liberty's offensive play caller heading into the Flames' first home game of the year (against Norfolk State) and ended with him coaching four All-Big South honorees and one of the top upcoming FCS quarterbacks in the country.
Liberty's offense finished the year ranked No. 40 in the country in total offense (402 yards per game) and No. 35 in rushing offense (175.82 yards per game).
A pair of offensive linemen was named to the Big South all-conference team (Aaron Lundy and Jay Weatherington), while running back Aldreakis Allen and wide receiver Pat Kelly were named to the league's first-team all-conference listing.
Stamn's offensive schemes also helped the development of Josh Woodrum, who finished the year No. 13 in the final voting for the Jerry Rice Award (top FCS freshman in the country).
After taking over as the Flames' starting quarterback three games into the season, Woodrum put together the second-best rookie quarterback season in program history. He finished the year throwing for 1,966 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Stamn's offense also helped Liberty win six of their last seven games of the year and capture the program's fifth Big South title in the last six seasons.
Justin Gunn, Stamn's starting tight end during his first season at Liberty, was invited to participate in the 2012 FCS Senior Scout Bowl. Gunn finished his last year with the program with 18 receptions for 264 yards and tied for the team lead with three touchdowns.
Stamn served as Gill's tight ends coach at both Kansas (2010-11) and Buffalo (2006-08), while also coaching Buffalo's offensive line in 2009 during Gill's last year with the Bulls.
During his previous five seasons under Gill, Stamn has had a tight end be on the John Mackey watch list, and nine times had a conference special teams player of the week.
During Stamn's first season at Kansas, starting tight end Tim Biere led the Jayhawks with four touchdown receptions and ranked fourth on the team in total receiving yards. Biere was named to the John Mackey watch list during the 2010 and 2011 seasons and national tight end of the week against Oklahoma State.
Alonso Rojas, Kansas' punter, earned All Big 12 honorable mention accolades in 2010, while Ron Doherty followed with All Big 12 punter honorable mention honors in 2011. D.J. Beshears received All Big 12 honorable mention accolades as a kickoff return specialist in 2010 after setting the school record for kickoff return yardage. As a team, Kansas finished the 2011 season with four blocked kicks.
Stamn first started working under Gill at Buffalo, quickly helping the Bulls gain respect at the FBS level. The 2008 season saw Buffalo capture the program's first-ever MAC championship and advance to the 2009 International Bowl.
Stamn was also in charge of Buffalo's special teams unit the first three years with the Bulls, as Special Teams Coordinator. Buffalo blocked seven kicks in 2006 and five more in 2007, while Stamn coached the program's single-season and career scoring leader A.J. Principe and Ray Guy award finalist punter Ben Woods.
Stamn first worked alongside Gill at Nebraska when Stamn served as a graduate assistant during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. During his two-year span with the Huskers, Nebraska tallied a program-record-setting 50 sacks in 2005 and recorded a 32-28 upset of No. 20 Michigan in the Alamo Bowl.
Stamn began his coaching career at his alma mater, serving as a student assistant at Minnesota State – Mankato for two seasons (2000-01), while earning his bachelor's degree in physical education in 2002.
After graduation, Stamn spent two years at St. Cloud State as a graduate assistant. Stamn worked with the Huskies' defensive line and linebackers and helped St. Cloud State post a 16-6 overall record and finish No. 3 in the nation in rushing defense in 2002.
Stamn and his wife, the former Courtney Skelton, have three sons – Rylan, Jackson and Cooper.
Stamn at a Glance
Year at Liberty: Second
2012 (1 year) – Liberty (Off. Coord., TE/FB)
2010-11 (2 years) – Kansas (TE, ST)
2006-09 (4 years) – Buffalo (TE, ST, OL)
2004-05 (2 years) – Nebraska (GA - DL)
2002-03 (2 years) – St. Cloud State (GA – DL, LB)
2000-01 (2 years) – Minnesota State – Mankato (SA – OL, DB)
Recruiting Area: Northern Virginia, New England, Washington, D.C. and the Dallas Forth Worth, Texas areas
Education: B.A., Physical Education (Minnesota State - Mankato, '02)
Hometown: Madison, Wis.
Children: Rylan, Jackson and Cooper
Dennis Wagner brings more than 30 years of coaching experience with him to Liberty, which includes a resume highlighted by two different head coaching stints.
Following his first season with the Flames, head coach Turner Gill promoted Wagner to the role of assistant head coach, with his specific position responsibilities remaining with Liberty's big men up front.
The position is one that Wagner is passionate about, dating back to his collegiate playing days where he earned honorable mention All-America accolades at Utah and All-America honors at Ellsworth Community College.
During his first season with Liberty, Wagner coached a pair of All-Big South lineman in Aaron Lundy (first team) and Jay Weatherington (second team). Lundy also garnered second-team all-state honors.
Additionally, rising senior offensive lineman Hunter Steward was selected in the first round of the 2013 CFL Draft (No. 6 overall pick), making him the fourth player in program history to be selected in the CFL Draft.
Nationally, Wagner's lineman helped the Flames finish the year ranked No. 40 in total offense (402 yards per game) and No. 35 in rushing offense (175.82 yards per game).
Liberty also ranked No. 18 nationally in red zone efficiency (88 percent) and No. 27 in third-down efficiency (44.03 percent).
Wagner's group of offensive linemen helped the Flames win six of their last season games and capture the program's fifth Big South title in the last season years.
Prior to his move to Liberty Mountain, Wagner spent the previous four seasons (2008-11) as the head coach of the Western Carolina Catamounts.
During his first season in Cullowhee, N.C., Wagner helped Western Carolina snap the third-longest Southern Conference losing streak in league history and post the program's most victories since 2005.
During his four seasons as head coach, Wagner saw eight players earn All-SoCon honors.
Prior to his head coaching position at Western Carolina, Wagner worked alongside Gill when both were assistant coaches at Nebraska.
Wagner was part of a coaching staff that helped the Huskers transition from an option-based offensive attack to the West Coast offense, coaching at Nebraska from 2004-07.
While at Nebraska, Wagner helped the Huskers to a pair of bowl games, including a 32-28 upset of No. 20 Michigan in the 2005 Alamo Bowl. He coached two All-Big 12 linemen in 2005 and 2006 and five players who went on to play in the NFL and three who signed free agent contracts.
In 2006, Wagner helped Nebraska rank No. 14 in the country in total offense (414.57 yards per game), while ranking No. 23 in the country in both passing offense (244.07) and rushing offense (170.5).
Before joining Gill on staff in Nebraska, Wagner spent seven years (1997-2003) at Fresno State as assistant head coach and offensive line coach.
During his last five years at Fresno State, Wagner helped the Bulldogs to a bowl game appearance each season, including victories in the Silicon Valley Bowl (2002 and 2003) and the MPC Computers Bowl (2004).
In 2001, Wagner's offensive line successfully blocked all season for quarterback David Carr, who would go on to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans. Carr shattered Fresno State records in 2001 with 4,299 passing yards and 42 touchdowns, while the Bulldogs ranked No. 4 in the country by averaging 497.23 total offensive yards per game.
While at Fresno State, Wagner coached three players who were selected in the NFL Draft, plus three others who signed free agent contracts.
Additionally, Wagner coached NFL Pro Bowl selections Nebraska's Carl Nicks (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and Fresno State's Logan Mankins (New England Patriots).
Wagner held his first head coaching position at Wayne State (Neb.) from 1989-96. During his eight years at the helm of the Wildcats' program, Wagner posted a 44-37-1 record, helping Wayne State move from the NAIA ranks to NCAA Division II classification.
He quickly revived the Wayne State program, which had lost 27 of 29 games before his arrival. For his turnaround efforts, Wagner was inducted into the Wayne State College Hall of Fame in 2005. During his last four seasons with the Wildcats, Wayne State finished no lower than No. 3 nationally in total offense and led the country by averaging 581.5 yards per game in 1993.
Prior to his days at Wayne State, Wagner served as an assistant coach for four years at St. Cloud State from 1985-88, two different stints at UNLV (1981-82, 1984) and Luther College in 1980. Wagner also served as the head track and field coach at William Penn College in 1983.
Wagner earned multiple All-America honors during his collegiate playing career, starting with JUCO All-America accolades in 1977 at Ellsworth Community College. He finished up his playing career with two seasons at Utah, where he earned All-WAC honors and was named an honorable-mention All-America at offensive guard.
Wagner completed his bachelor's degree in psychology from Utah in 1982 and earned a master's degree from St. Cloud State in athletic administration in 1987.
Wagner and his wife, Cyndi, have two children – a daughter, Whitney, and a son, Joshua.
Wagner at a Glance
Year at Liberty: Second
2012 (1 year) – Liberty (Asst. head coach/OL)
2008-11 (4 years) – Western Carolina (head coach)
2004-07 (4 years) – Nebraska (OL)
1997-03 (7 years) – Fresno State (OL)
1989-96 (8 years) – Wayne State (Neb.) (head coach)
1985-88 (4 years) – St. Cloud State (OC, OL)
1984 (1 year) – UNLV (Asst. Strength Coach)
1983 (1 year) – William Penn (Head Track and Field Coach)
1981-82 (2 years) – UNLV (OL, TE)
1980 (1 year) – Luther (OL)
Recruiting Area: Georgia, North Carolina, Southeast Virginia and California
Education: B.A., Psychology (Utah, '82), M.A., Athletic Administration (St. Cloud State, '87)
Hometown: Waverly, Iowa
Children: Whitney and Joshua
Joe Dailey is certainly no stranger to Turner Gill, as the former starting quarterback at both Nebraska and North Carolina has worked under Gill both as a player and as a member of his coaching staff.
During his first season at Liberty, Dailey helped continue a recent trend of developing some of the best quarterbacks in program history.
Under his direction, redshirt freshman quarterback Josh Woodrum took over as the Flames' starting quarterback and finished the year with national recognition.
Midway through the season, Woodrum was added to the Jerry Rice Award watch list, finishing the year No. 13 in the final voting for the top FCS freshman in the country.
Woodrum finished his first year under center throwing for 1,966 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Pat Kelly was Woodrum's top option throughout the year. The wide receiver finished the year with 80 receptions for 857 yards, allowing him to become the fifth receiver in program history to surpass the 2,000-career receiving mark.
During the offseason, Dailey was given the chance to participate in the NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy. The organization provides an opportunity for current and former NFL players who are looking to continue their careers on the football sidelines to learn leadership, management and administrative skills from football coaches at all levels.
Dailey came to Liberty from Bethune-Cookman, where he served as the Wildcats' quarterbacks coach for the 2011 season.
A six-game winning streak to end the 2011 campaign helped Bethune-Cookman complete the year with an 8-3 record, going 6-2 in MEAC play. The Wildcats finished the season ranked No. 15 in the country in scoring offense (33.91 points per game) and No. 12 in total offense (435.27 yards per contest).
Bethune-Cookman finished the season ranked No. 5 in the country in rushing offense (259.27 yards per game), where the Wildcats operated out of the run-oriented spread offense.
Prior to his current role at Liberty's quarterback coach, Dailey's most recent connection with Gill was at Kansas, when he served as Gill's on-campus recruiting coordinator in 2010.
Dailey came to Lawrence, Kan., with Gill after working the final two seasons under Gill at Buffalo. While working with the Bulls, Dailey served as Buffalo's tight ends coach (2009) and offensive graduate assistant (2008).
During his first season as the tight ends coach, Dailey helped senior tight end Jesse Rack earn all-conference honors. In 2008, Buffalo captured the program's first-ever Mid-American Conference title and finished the season with an 8-6 record and a trip to the 2009 International Bowl.
Buffalo ranked No. 34 in the country in scoring offense in 2008, scoring 30.29 points per game. The following season, the Bulls ranked No. 39 in the country in total offense, averaging 405.42 yards per contest.
Dailey completed his collegiate playing career by throwing for 3,458 yards and 26 touchdowns, while completing 52.7 percent of his pass attempts (274-of-520).
As a sophomore at Nebraska, Dailey established new quarterbacking standards for the Huskers. He set a single-game passing record with 342 yards in a 59-27 victory over Baylor, and became the first quarterback in program history to throw for 300 yards in a game earlier during the same year against Colorado.
After starting all 11 games in 2004, Dailey finished the season with 2,025 passing yards, the third-best season passing mark in Nebraska history. Dailey was a team captain as a sophomore, as well as a two-time member of the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team.
Following the 2004 season, Dailey transferred to North Carolina where he finished up the final two years of his collegiate playing career. In 2006, he started seven games at quarterback and led the program with 1,316 passing yards and seven touchdowns. The following year, Dailey completed his Tar Heel days as a starting wide receiver.
Dailey completed his degree in African-American studies from North Carolina in 2007.
Dailey was one of the nation's most highly touted run-pass high school quarterbacks in 2003 when he graduated from St. Peter's Prep near his hometown of Jersey City, N.J. During his senior year, he threw for 1,378 yards and 19 touchdowns, to go along with 783 rushing yards, 13 rushing touchdowns and seven two-point conversions.
Dailey and his wife, Carrie, have a daughter, Stella June, and a son, Noah Hansen.
Dailey at a Glance
Year at Liberty: Second
2012 (1 year) – Liberty (QB)
2011 (1 year) – Bethune-Cookman (QB)
2010 (1 year) – Kansas (On-campus RC)
2008-09 (2 years) – Buffalo (TE, Off. GA)
Recruiting Area: Virginia Beach, New Jersey, Delaware, Central Florida, Nebraska and Kansas
Education: B.A., African-American Studies (North Carolina, '07)
Hometown: Freehold, N.J.
Children: Stella June and Noah Hansen
Jamaal Fobbs adds both FCS and FBS coaching experience Liberty's coaching staff, including coaching stops at Tennessee, North Carolina A&T, Southeastern Louisiana, LSU and Chattanooga.
Fobbs experience at multiple colleges has given him the knowledge to help better Liberty's running backs, the group he has direct coaching supervision over.
During his first season at Liberty, Fobbs helped coach All-Big South running back Aldreakis Allen, who finished the year ranked No. 2 in the conference and No. 26 in the country in rushing.
Allen became the ninth player in program history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season, finishing the year with 1,019 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns. Allen also was the seventh player in program history with 1,000 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns in the same year.
As a team, Liberty finished the year ranked No. 35 in the country in rushing offense (175.82 yards per game) and No. 40 in total offense (402 yards per game).
Fobbs' running backs helped play a part in Liberty winning six of its last seven games of the year en route to the program's fifth Big South title in the last seven seasons.
Fobbs came to Liberty after having two highly successful seasons as running backs coach at Chattanooga, where he helped the Mocs nearly double their rushing output prior to his arrival.
Chattanooga, who had rushed for 85 yards per game in 2009, averaged 148.6 rushing yards per game the past two years and rushed for 35 touchdowns.
In 2009, Fobbs was part of an offensive attack at Chattanooga that ranked No. 11 nationally in total offense (430.0 yards per game) and No. 17 in scoring offense (31.55 points per game).
Under his instruction, Mocs rookie running back Keon Williams earned Southern Conference All-Freshman honors in 2010.
Prior to his days at Chattanooga, Fobbs spent one year at Tennessee as the Vols' offensive quality control staff member. Tennessee closed out the 2009 season by winning four of its last five games and a Chick-fil-A bowl matchup with Virginia Tech.
Fobbs also had three other stops on his coaching resume, having previously worked at North Carolina A&T, Southern Louisiana and LSU.
Fobbs was a standout running back at Oklahoma State, having earned All-Big 12 honors as an all-purpose player during his senior season in 2000.
He finished his four-year career by rushing for 1,861 yards and nine touchdowns, where he averaged 4.9 yards per rushing attempt. He also caught 73 passes for 705 yards, while scoring five receiving touchdowns.
As a return specialist, Fobbs twice finished seasons with a 20-plus yard kickoff return average, doing so as a sophomore (24.3 average in 1998) and as a junior (21.3 average in 1999). As a senior, he led the Big 12 with 22 kickoff returns, averaging 17.0 yards per return.
The native of New Orleans, La., graduated from Oklahoma State in 2001 with a degree in sports administration.
Fobbs at a Glance
Year at Liberty: Second
2012 (1 year) – Liberty (RB)
2010-11 (2 years) – Chattanooga (RB)
2009 (1 year) – Tennessee (Off. Quality Control)
2008 (1 Year) – Southeastern Louisiana (RB)
2007 (1 Year) – North Carolina A&T (RB)
2005-06 (2 Year) – LSU (RB)
Recruiting Area: Florida panhandle, Central and South Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana
Education: B.A., Sports Administration (Oklahoma State, '01)
Hometown: New Orleans, La.
Juan Taylor brings over 20 years of collegiate playing and coaching experience to Turner Gill's staff at Liberty, having developed numerous standout wide receivers.
He continued his trend during his first season with the Flames, helping senior wide receiver Pat Kelly cap off one off one of the best wide receiver careers in program history.
Under Taylor's direction, Kelly finished the 2012 season with 80 receptions for 857 yards and tied for the team lead with three touchdown receptions. The senior finished his last year on Liberty Mountain ranked No. 31 in the country in receiving yards per game (77.91).
Kelly's stellar final year allowed him to become the fifth player in program history to surpassing the 2,000 career receiving yard mark (2,107).
Taylor's wide receivers helped Josh Woodrum put together one of the best freshman seasons in program history. The redshirt freshman quarterback took over the starting position three games into the year and finished the season No. 13 in the final voting for the Jerry Rice Award (top FCS freshman in the country).
Taylor's group helped the Flames win six of their last season games and capture the program's fifth Big South title in the last season years.
Taylor came to Liberty after serving five seasons on staff at Buffalo, including the 2006-09 campaigns under Turner Gill.
During his five years at Buffalo, Taylor served as the Bulls' wide receivers coach before taking over the additional responsibilities of passing game coordinator in 2010.
Taylor helped convert former quarterback Naaman Roosevelt into Buffalo's all-time receiving leader. The two-time All-MAC first-team honoree finished his career at Buffalo as the program's career leader in receptions (268), receiving yards (3,551), receiving touchdowns (28) and all-purpose yardage (5,341).
Additionally, Brett Hamlin completed his career with 185 receptions, a mark that ranks third-best in program history. He also ranked Top 10 in both receptions and yards.
Before coaching at Buffalo, Taylor served two different coaching stints at his alma mater, Kentucky State.
During the 2004 season, Taylor served as tight ends and offensive tackles coach, after being running backs coach in 2003.
Shortly after graduating, Taylor began a five-year stint as wide receivers coach at Kentucky State from 1995-99, while also undertaking the responsibilities of the school's Residence Life Director.
While at Kentucky State, Taylor coached four first team all-conference honorees, six second team all-conference selections and helped the Thorobreds win the Pioneer Bowl in 1997.
In between his two different coaching jobs at Kentucky State, Taylor owned and operated his own private business for five years.
Taylor was a standout wide receiver at Kentucky State, a Division II program, where he earned first team Black College All-America honors and Team MVP honors as a senior.
During the final three years of his playing career, Taylor led Kentucky State in receiving yards, receptions and scoring. He graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice in 1993.
After graduation, he played professionally for the Milwaukee Mustangs of the Arena Football League.
Taylor, a native of Canton, Ohio, and his wife, Betsie, have one daughter, Kennedy.
Taylor at a Glance
Year at Liberty: Second
2012 (1 year) – Liberty (WR)
2006-10 (5 years) – Buffalo (WR, Pass Game Coord.)
2003-04 (2 years) – Kentucky State (TE, OT, RB)
1995-99 (5 years) – Kentucky State (WR)
Recruiting Area: Richmond, Va., Tampa, Fla., Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois
Education: B.A., Criminal Justice (Kentucky State, '93)
Hometown: Canton, Ohio
Robert Wimberly is no stranger to Liberty, as his addition to Turner Gill's coaching staff in January 2012 marked his second stint as an assistant coach at Liberty.
Wimberly previously worked on Liberty's staff for five seasons (2004-08) before he joined Gill's at Buffalo in 2009 to coach the Bulls' linebackers.
Gill gave Wimberly additional responsibility with his return to Liberty Mountain, as he was named Liberty's new defensive coordinator. He direct position during the 2012 season was to oversee Liberty's safeties.
During the offseason, Gill adjusted some of his staff coaching assignments and Wimberly will also coach Liberty's linebackers during the 2013 season.
Wimberly's first season as defensive coordinator was a success, as helped Liberty transition back to a "4-3" defensive scheme. Six Liberty players earned All-Big South honors, including first-team accolades for linebacker Nick Sigmon and defensive back Brent Vinson.
As a team, Liberty finished the year ranked No. 15 in the country in total defense (314.73 yards allowed per game), 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 allowed per game).
Liberty's strong defensive presence during the 2012 season, under Wimberly's direction, helped the Flames win six of their last season games and capture the program's fifth Big South title in the last season years.
Prior to his return to Liberty, Wimberly worked two seasons as Kansas' safeties coach (20010-11) and one season as Buffalo's linebackers coach (2009). In 2009, the Bulls ranked No. 42 in the country in total defense, allowing 342.67 yards per game.
During his first stint on Liberty's coaching staff, Wimberly's on-field coaching responsibilities were to instruct Liberty's linebackers. He also served the staff as Liberty's director of high school relations.
During his first two seasons with the program, Liberty's linebackers excelled in production and led the team with more than 100 tackles both seasons. Nick Vaughn led the program with 105 tackles in 2004, and Manny Rojas finished with a team-best 102 stops in 2005.
Rojas finished as the Big South Conference's second all-time leading tackler (at the time of graduation) and was a three-time, all-conference honoree.
In 2007, Wimberly's linebackers continued to shine, helping Liberty finish the year ranked No. 24 in rushing defense (128.5 yards per game), No. 32 in scoring defense (22.3 points per game) and No. 40 in total defense (349.3 yards per game).
Wimberly also coach Vince Redd during his final collegiate season before the linebacker signed a free agent contract with the New England Patriots. Redd would go on to play two seasons with the Patriots, working with the squad in 2008 and 2009.
Before coming to Liberty, Wimberly served as a quality control assistant and graduate assistant at Wisconsin during the 2002 and 2003 seasons.
Wimberly was a four-year letterwinner at Alabama A&M, where he received his bachelor's degree in science and hospitality management in 2002. His senior year was abruptly ended after two games, due to a season-ending neck injury.
Wimberly completed his master's degree in educational policy and administration at the University of Wisconsin in 2005.
The native of Miami, Fla., is married to the former Tracie Pruitt of Birmingham, Ala., and the couple has two children – Bianca and Josiah.
Wimberly at a Glance
Year at Liberty: Seventh
2012 (1 year) – Liberty (Def. Coord., S)
2010-11 (2 years) – Kansas (S)
2009 (1 year) – Buffalo (LB)
2004-08 (5 years) - Liberty (LB)
2002-03 (2 years) – Wisconsin (QC, GA)
Recruiting Area: Southeastern Florida, Wisconsin, Iowa
Education: Bachelor's degree in science and hospitality management (Alabama A&M, '02), Master's degree in educational policy and administration (Wisconsin, '05)
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
Children: Bianca and Josiah
Vantz Singletary has worked twice previously under Turner Gill, serving as a defensive tackles coach at Buffalo in 2008 and linebackers coach at Kansas in 2011.
Upon joining Gill's staff at Liberty, Singletary was named the program's co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach, a position he will maintain during the 2013 season. Additionally, Singletary is the program's professional scout liaison.
During his first season at Liberty, two of Singletary's defensive linemen earned All-Big South honors with Bryant Lewellyn and Cory Freeman being named to the second-team all-conference list.
Singletary's group up front helped Liberty's defense finish the year ranked No. 15 in the country in total defense (314.73 yards allowed per game), 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 allowed per game).
Liberty's defensive lineman, under Singletary's direction, helped the Flames win six of their last season games and capture the program's fifth Big South title in the last season years.
Prior to coming to Liberty, Singletary spent one season under Gill at Kansas as the Jayhawks' 2011 linebackers coach.
During his season at Kansas, Singletary coached Steve Johnson, who flourished as a team captain and led the Big 12 in tackles with 124 stops. He finished his career with 229 tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss and two sacks. The former Kansas standout signed a free agent contract with the Denver Broncos after completing his playing days.
Singletary came to Kansas after spending two seasons at the NFL level with the San Francisco 49ers during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
As an inside linebackers coach, Singletary helped instruct NFL Pro Bowl linebackers Patrick Willis and Takeo Spikes.
During the 2010 season, Singletary helped San Francisco finish the year ranked No. 13 in the NFL in total defense, as the 49ers allowed 327.9 yards per game. The team also ranked No. 6 in the league against the run (96.7 yards per game allowed).
San Francisco allowed a total of 1,547 rushing yards in 2010, the team's lowest total since 1997 (1,366 yards). The 49ers also forced the seventh-most three-and-out drives in the NFL that same season.
In 2009, Singletary's inside linebackers helped the 49ers rank No. 6 in the NFL in rushing defense (97.0 yards per game allowed) and No. 3 in rushing yards per attempt (3.6 average per game).
Willis set career highs in 2009 with three interceptions and three forced fumbles and tied a career best with four sacks. After leading the NFL with 152 tackles, Willis was named the NFL's Alumni Linebacker of the Year and he won the Butkus Award, given annually to the best linebacker in the NFL.
During his first coaching stint under Gill, Singletary served as interim defensive coordinator during the 2008 season, where he helped Gill capture the Mid-American Conference title and give the Bulls their first-ever bowl appearance. His defensive unit finished the year ranked No. 7 in the country and No. 1 in the MAC with 33 takeaways.
During the 2006 and 2007 seasons, Singletary worked as a defensive line coach at Chattanooga. In 2007, the Mocs led the Southern Conference in sacks, takeaways, passes defended and yards allowed per play.
During his first year with the program, Chattanooga set a single game record with nine sacks against Elon.
Singletary spent seven seasons as a defensive line coach at Hawaii, working with the Warriors from 1999 to 2005. In 1999, Hawaii won the WAC Championship with a 9-4 record and won the Jeep O'Ahu Bowl after posting the NCAA all-time turnaround record following an 0-12 season the year prior.
Hawaii's defensive unit accounted for five touchdowns in 1999, 17 interceptions, 33 sacks and 17 fumble recoveries.
In 2003, defensive end Travis LaBoy finished No. 9 in the country with 13 sacks. He was named the WAC Defensive Player of the year and earned Associated Press and The Sporting News All-America honors.
LaBoy would be drafted in the second round of the NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans and has played with the Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers and San Diego Chargers during his seven-year NFL career.
Singletary also coached Hawaii standout defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga, who was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth round in 2004. While at Hawaii, Sopoaga was a finalist for the NCAA Defensive Tackle of the Year.
Singletary served as defensive line coach for two seasons at Southern (1997-98), where he coached NFL player Chris White, who was drafted in the seventh round by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1999. Southern won the NCAA I-AA Black College national championship in 1997 and back-to-back Southwestern Athletic Conference titles in 1997 and 1998.
Singletary began his coaching career at Trinity College in Deerfield, Ill. During his five-year run at Trinity (1992-96), Singletary helped lead the program to two Northern Illinois Intercollegiate Conference titles.
Under Singletary's tutelage, defensive end Herbert Coleman became Trinity's first-ever NFL Draft selection when he was selected in the seventh round by the 49ers in 1995.
Singletary also participated in seven different NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship programs, initiated by NFL Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh.
Singletary's first fellowship was with Tony Dungy and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1996, followed by additional fellowships with the Houston Texans, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals and two with the San Diego Chargers.
In 2004, Singletary was one of 12 hand-picked coaches to participate in the NCAA's Expert Coaching Program, a three-day coaching clinic in Indianapolis, Ind.
Singletary has been a part of seven different teams who have participated in bowl games: 1997 Heritage Bowl, 1998 Heritage Bowl, 1999 Jeep O'ahu Bowl, 2002 Conagra Foods Hawaii Bowl, 2003 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, 2004 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl and the 2009 International Bowl.
Singletary earned his Social Sciences undergraduate degree from Kansas State in 1990, where he played linebacker and defensive tackle during the 1987 and 1988 seasons. He transferred to Kansas State after spending two seasons at Blinn College, where he earned All-America honors.
Singletary, a native of Houston, Texas, and his wife, the former Shawndra Saulter, have four daughters – Courtney, LeShea, Briauna and Keona.
Singletary at a Glance
Year at Liberty: Second
2012 (1 year) – Liberty (DL)
2011 (1 year) – Kansas (LB)
2009-10 (2 years) – San Francisco 49ers (NFL) (ILB)
2008 (1 year) – Buffalo (DT)
2006-07 (2 years) – Chattanooga (DL)
1999-05 (7 years) – Hawaii (DL)
1997-98 (2 years) – Southern (DL)
1992-96 (5 years) – Trinity (Def. Coord., DL, LB, Rec. Coord.)
Recruiting Area: Central Virginia, Western Maryland, Houston, Texas area, West Virginia, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Nevada and Hawaii
Education: B.S., Social Sciences (Kansas State, '90)
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Children: Courtney, LeShea, Briauna and Keona
Marshall Roberts is the senior veteran on Liberty's coaching staff, as he enters his 10th year coaching on Liberty Mountain.
He brings a vast array of knowledge to the staff, having previously worked with football programs from the NFL, NFL Europe, Canadian Football League, Arena Football League, collegiate and high school ranks.
During his decade of coaching at Liberty, Roberts has helped the Flames win five Big South titles.
Roberts has seen several adjustments in his coaching position responsibilities during his time at Liberty. His most recent adjustment came when Turner Gill named him Liberty's new recruiting coordinator in January 2012.
Roberts' on-field coaching task will remain the same for the upcoming year, as he will be coaching Liberty's cornerbacks.
During a three-year span (2009-11), Roberts served as Liberty's special teams coordinator, coaching some of the most talented special teams players in program history.
In 2011, two-time All-American kicker Matt Bevins graduated, leaving the program as Liberty's all-time leading scorer with 309 points, to go along with the career records for most field goals (58) and most field goal attempts (77).
Additionally in 2011, Roberts instructed another All-America special teams player in Kevin Fogg, who led the country with three kickoff returns for a touchdown and averaged 33.5 yards per kickoff return.
Prior to taking over as special teams coordinator, Roberts served as Liberty's defensive backs coach since joining the staff in 2004. Roberts played a significant role in helping Liberty set eight defensive team records in 2006, including fewest points allowed (172), fewest total touchdowns allowed (21), most shutouts (3) and fewest total average offensive yards per game (306.0). In 2006, Liberty finished the year ranked No. 12 nationally in scoring defense (15.64 points per game).
Individually, Roberts has had an impact on several of his players, with 11 defensive backs taking home Big South all-conference honors under his tutelage. The most recent award winner Roberts has coached was Walt Aikens, who was named All-Big South second-team in 2012.
Roberts' defenders played a vital role in Liberty's record-setting 10-2 campaign in 2008, helping the Flames finish the season ranked No. 14 nationally in the final polls. Three of the Flames top six defenders were from the secondary, an impressive figure considering Liberty's ran a linebacker-heavy 3-4 defensive scheme.
Roberts came to Liberty from East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, Pa., where he served as the secondary coach/special teams coordinator from 2000-03. He helped guide the Warriors to back-to-back Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Division titles in 2002 and 2003.
Prior to his collegiate days, Roberts served as a coaching intern for the Pittsburgh Steelers for two months during the summer of 2002 and the secondary coach with NFL Europe's Frankfurt Galaxy during the 2002 season.
In 1999, Roberts served as the head football coach at Abington High School in Abington, Pa., while overseeing the defense, special teams and the passing game. He started his master's degree at East Stroudsburg in 1998, serving as a graduate assistant with the Warriors and was responsible for the secondary.
Roberts played professionally in the Arena Football League for four years and another year with the Canadian Football League. He played with the AFL's Orlando Predators during the 1994 and 1995 seasons as a defensive/return specialist. He spent the 1996 season with the Albany Firebirds as a defensive specialist and played for the Milwaukee Mustangs as a receiver/defensive back in 1998. He coached the receivers and defensive backs with the Anaheim Piranhas in 1997. He also played for the CFL's Sacramento Gold Miners as a defensive back and punt returner in 1993.
Roberts is a 1993 graduate of Rutgers, where he was a four-year letterwinner under former Flames' Defensive Coordinator Steve Carson. The four-year starter at cornerback and punt returner finished as Rutgers' all-time leader in career punt returns with 1,018 yards and 91 returns (averaging 11.1 yards per return).
He was an All-ECAC, East and AP corner and return specialist in 1991 and was named to the 1992 BIG EAST preseason all-conference team, while finishing the season ranked 12th in the country in punt returns.
Roberts, a native of Abington, Pa., and his wife, Alicia, have two children – son, Tripp, and daughter, McKenzie.
Roberts at a Glance
Year at Liberty: 10th
2004 – Present (8 years) - Liberty (DB, ST, CB, Rec. Coord.)
2000-03 (4 years) – East Stroudsburg (DB, ST)
2002 (2 months) – Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL) (Intern)
2002 (1 year) – Frankfurt Galaxy (NFL Europe) (DB)
1999 (1 year) – Abington HS (HC)
1998 (1 year) – East Stroudsburg (DB)
1997 (1 year) – Anaheim Piranhas (AFL) (WR/DB)
1996 (1 year) – LaSalle HS (DB)
1994-95 (2 years) – Abington HS (Asst. Coach)
Recruiting Area: Lynchburg/Central Virginia, Upstate South Carolina, Southern Georgia, Pennsylvania, Eastern Maryland
Education: B.A., Administration of Justice (Rutgers, '93); M.A., Education (East Stroudsburg, '03)
Hometown: Abington, Pa.
Child: Tripp and McKenzie
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.
Bryant Lewellyn has been a part of Liberty's football program since the 2009 season and capped off his four-year career with the Flames by earning All-Big South second team honors, last fall.
After only playing in nine games and recording five total tackles before his senior year, Lewellyn impressed Liberty's new coaching staff last year and finished off his career in a Flames uniform by having a banner season.
Following spring practice, Lewellyn was named one of four team captains, and he went on to start all 11 games during Liberty's 2012 Big South Conference championship season.
Lewellyn finished the year ranked second on the team and recorded a career-high 20 tackles during the 2012 campaign (10 solo, 10 assisted). He led the Flames and ranked No. 2 in the Big South with 5.0 sacks.
The Danbury, N.C., native saved his best performances of the season for Liberty's top ranked opponents. He recorded season-high tackle totals in Liberty's games against No. 14/12 Montana, No. 16/13 Lehigh and No. 6/8 Stony Brook. Against Stony Brook, Lewellyn finished the game with three tackles, including two sacks, to help the Flames knock off their first Top 10 ranked team in program history.
Lewellyn was part of a defensive unit that helped the Flames finish the year ranked No. 15 nationally in total defense (314.73 yards allowed per game) and No. 24 in rushing defense (126.09).
Lewellyn graduated from Liberty in 2013 with a degree in kinesiology.
Kyle DeArmon is no stranger to Liberty's football program and is the first former Flames player to be part of Liberty's football staff since 2011.
DeArmon was a five-year member of Liberty's roster, coming to Liberty from Indian Rocks Christian School in Clearwater, Fla., as a quarterback in 2006. He made the transition to wide receiver later in his career, where he finished with 20 games played, 14 receptions, 239 receiving yards and three touchdown receptions.
During his playing career, DeArmon helped the Flames claim their first four Big South titles and he was a part of Liberty's first-ever 10-win season in 2008. As a senior, DeArmon ranked fourth on Liberty's 2010 roster in receptions and receiving yards and third in touchdown receptions.
For the past two years, DeArmon has been a coach and elementary physical education teacher at Westminster Christian Academy in Huntsville, Ala.
DeArmon served as an assistant football coach at Westminster, working with the wide receivers and linebackers, as well as, special teams coordinator.
DeArmon helped Westminster's punter, Jordan Lake, earn first-team all-state honors, while wide receiver Jay Madison was an honorable-mention All County selection after breaking the program's single-season receptions and receiving yards records.
DeArmon also was a junior varsity basketball coach and assistant varsity softball coach, helping Westminster win the 2012 area softball championship.
DeArmon graduated from Liberty in 2010 with a sport management Bachelor of Science degree. He is currently pursuing his Master of Arts degree in business management and leadership at Liberty.
Charlie Skalaski has been working with the Flames football program for the past year and has a personal connection with Liberty football that dates to 2003.
Since February, Skalaski has worked under offensive coordinator Aaron Stamn, former offensive quality control staff member Adam Morris and former special teams coordinator Mike Minter as a student assistant.
Skalaski has also spent the last four years as an assistant varsity coach at Liberty Christian Academy in Lynchburg, Va.
During the 2008 and 2009 seasons, Skalaski served as junior varsity offensive coordinator and assistant wide receivers coach. In 2010 and 2011, was promoted to assistant offensive coordinator while retaining his wide receiver coaching position.
Skalaski helped Liberty Christian win the 2011 VISAA Division I state title and he coached Demetri Knowles, who played in all 12 games this past season for Virginia Tech as a wide receiver and special teams member.
Skalaski also served as junior varsity interim head coach for two months during the 2011 season (October and November).
Skalaski is the son of former Flames wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Charlie Skalaski, who was on Liberty's staff from 2003 to 2011 before he left the program to take a coaching staff position with the Jacksonville Jaguars in January 2012.
Skalaski recently completed his Bachelor of Science in sport management in May 2013.
Paul Rutigliano is currently in the eighth year of his second stint as a member of the Flames' football coaching staff after joining the coaching staff in January of 2006. Overall, Rutigliano has served on the Liberty football staff for 18 years.
In his current position as Assistant Athletics Director for Football Administration, Rutigliano oversees the overall operations for the football program. His responsibilities include budget management and business operations, while working closely with the Chancellor's Office on specially assigned projects.
Rutigliano's scheduling efforts have helped the Flames secure some of the nation's best NCAA FBS opponents. Since his return to Liberty Mountain, the Flames have squared off against Toledo (2007), Wake Forest (2006), West Virginia (2009), N.C. State (2011) and Ball State in 2010, a game Liberty won, 27-23, to mark the program's second victory over an FBS opponent.
Prior to returning to Liberty in 2005, Rutigliano worked in the development, management and marketing of Park ‘N Go – a company which develops and manages off-airport property at major airports.
Rutigliano first joined the Flames' football coaching staff in 1989 under his father, Sam Rutigliano, who finished his 11-year career with the most wins in Liberty's history.
Rutigliano's first professional position came with the NBC affiliate in Cleveland as an on-air talent and writer. In 1983, he left NBC and joined the International Management Group IMG - a global company operating in thirty countries with clients and corporations in Sports & Entertainment and Media. In this position, he worked in Team Sports and corporate marketing.
In 1989, after spending six years as an account executive for International Management Group in Cleveland, Ohio, Rutigliano joined his father in Lynchburg.
Rutigliano began his football career at Holliston High School. After graduating from Holliston, he moved to Milford Academy for one year. Rutigliano then received a football scholarship to the University of New Hampshire. After a career-ending injury, Rutigliano transferred in his final year to Cleveland State University and earned a bachelor of science in communications.
Rutigliano and his wife, Cindy have two children, Kristin and Amanda.
Dr. Ed Gomes is entering his 13th year as a member of the Flames' football support staff and serves as the program's Director of Spiritual Development.
As in his first 12 seasons, Gomes' day-to-day duties are to oversee the spiritual development of the football players by encouraging the student-athletes to understand who they are in Christ and to use their God-given talents to impact others through Whole-Person Development.
He is responsible for setting up team chapels and discipleship programs, developing one-on-one relationships with coaches, support staff, players and others outside the football program. Gomes also serves as the liaison between the University's Office of Student Affairs and the football program.
Gomes is no stranger to the Liberty University campus as he spent five years (1996-2000) as the University's Dean of Commuting Students. While in his role as Dean, he helped the University's commuting students connect with on-campus life.
Prior to his days at Liberty, Gomes served as an associate pastor in his hometown of New Bedford, Mass. He also served as chaplain for the local police force during his 11-year pastoral tenure and board member with the Kiwanis Club and local Y.M.C.A in New Bedford.
Gomes is a 1976 graduate of Liberty, which was then known as Liberty Baptist College. While receiving his undergraduate degree, he was a three-year starting point guard on the Flames' basketball team.
Gomes still holds numerous records at the University as he set a single-season record with 256 assists and 137 steals during his senior season. He is the school's all-time leader with 300 career steals and ranks fourth on the school's all-time list with 476 assists.
After graduation, Gomes traveled two years with the Life Action Ministries Teams from Buchanan, Mich. In 1980, he returned to Liberty and enrolled in the Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He served the University as a Resident Director, while working on his seminary degree and finishing his studies in 1985.
Gomes currently is a member of the pastoral staff at Thomas Road Baptist Church and completed his Doctorate of Ministry degree at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in 2007.
His wife, Ruth, whom he has been married to for 36 years, is a professor in the University's Family and Consumer Sciences Department. The couple, who reside in Lynchburg, has two grown children – Priscilla and Joshua.
Danny Wenger is entering his 14th year as a member of the Flames' football support staff and continues to serve the department as the video coordinator.
Along with supervising all practice and game-day videography for football, Wenger oversees video exchange with upcoming opponents and breaks down Liberty game and opponent video for the Flames' coaching staff.
He is also responsible for the production of Liberty's football highlight and instructional films. During the 2005 season, Wenger also oversaw all aspects of travel for the football program.
Wenger got his start in the video production industry in 1996 when he joined the in-studio video production team for the nightly news at WSET-TV Channel 13 in Lynchburg, Va.
The native of Charleston, S.C., served in the news department for two years before moving to the creative services department in 1998, where he was responsible for the shooting and editing of commercials and programming which were aired on the regionally and locally owned and operated ABC affiliate.
Wenger graduated from Liberty in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in communications, specializing in media graphic design.
Wenger and his wife Mandy, who reside in Bedford County, have three children – Darrin, Matthew and Emma.
Heath Kimmel has been a part of the Liberty University community since 2001. In his position as Director of Football Recruiting, Kimmel works closely with the coaching staff across all areas of recruiting, while assisting Paul Rutigliano, Assistant AD for Football Operations, in the day-to-day operations of the program.
Kimmel graduated from Liberty in 2005, earning a bachelor's degree in sport management. While completing his undergraduate degree, Kimmel worked for seven years with the Pittsburgh Pirates as a guest services representative.
After graduation, Kimmel moved to Atlanta, Ga., to work with the Atlanta Braves as a guest service trainee. During his role with the Major League Baseball organization, Kimmel supervised and trained over 60 game day staff workers.
Kimmel returned to Lynchburg in 2007 to start a master's degree. He completed his MBA in 2010, while he was employed in the university's campus recreation department.
Shortly after finishing up his master's degree program, Kimmel spent 18 months working for Enterprise Rent-A-Car where he helped run the local Lynchburg branch, as well as, oversee the rental car company's satellite location in Bedford, Va.
Most recently, Kimmel has worked with Liberty's Visitors Center as a guest service coordinator. Part of his duties in this role allowed Kimmel to coordinate group visits for five of Liberty's College for a Weekend (CFAW) events.
Kimmel currently lives in the Lynchburg area and is engaged to Alexa Mather.
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Liberty head men's basketball coach Dale Layer became the program's eighth head coach on April 8, 2009, returning to Liberty Mountain after previously serving as an assistant coach for the Flames during the 2007-08 season.
Layer is coming off an unforgettable year with the Flames, leading the program to a third Big South Championship and automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Despite beginning the year 0-8 for the first time in program history, the Flames persevered under Layer's guidance, going on an incredible run in the 2013 Big South Championship to punch their ticket to the Big Dance.
Liberty's journey to the NCAA Tournament received national media attention, as the Flames became the second 20-loss team in Division I history to make the field of 68. Layer's squad nearly became the first Liberty team to pick up an NCAA Tournament victory, but were edged by the North Carolina A&T Aggies in the First Four, 73-72 (March 19, 2013).
During the 2010-11 season, Layer became the first Liberty coach to earn Big South Coach of the Year honors, guiding the Flames to a second place finish in the conference standings with a 13-5 Big South play. Liberty's win total among conference opponents set a new standard for most Big South wins in a single season, surpassing the previous mark of 12.
Layer is currently in his third head coaching stint and first since leaving Colorado State in 2007. Layer came to Liberty following a successful run as an assistant coach at BIG EAST member and nationally ranked Marquette in the 2008-09 season, where he worked with the guards. Layer helped the Eagles to a 25-10 record and a second round appearance in the NCAA Tournament despite lacking the full-time services of All-American Dominic James, who was injured near the end of the season.
Layer first served as an assistant at Liberty during the 2007-08 season, helping the Flames to their best regular-season finish since winning the 2004 Big South Championship.
Layer has also demonstrated the ability to develop a player's talent, including former Colorado State center Jason Smith. The seven-footer scored over 1,500 points for Layer's Rams during his three seasons with the program, before entering the NBA Draft following his junior campaign. Due to his development under Layer's tutelage, Smith was chosen with the 20th selection of the NBA Draft's first round by the Miami Heat in 2007. His rights were later traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. When Smith graduated from high school, he was ranked as the 276th best player in his class and in three seasons under Layer, he developed into the 20th selection in the NBA Draft. In addition, several of Layer's recruiting classes at Colorado State were ranked among the top 40 nationally by various recruiting publications.
Layer has a career 333-261 record (20 years) as a head coach, including nine seasons at the helm of Queens in Charlotte, N.C. He also served as the athletics director while at the school and started the basketball program in 1989 from scratch at the formerly all women's institution. Layer's student-athletes have excelled in the classroom, too. In Layer's 20 seasons as a head coach, he has accompanied 51 seniors to be honored on senior night, and all 51 earned a college degree, a 100 percent graduation rate of all players who finish their eligibility.
After graduating from Eckerd in St. Petersburg, Fla., in 1980, Layer started his coaching career as an assistant under Jim Harley, his former coach. Before moving on to Queens, Layer spent seven of the next eight years at Eckerd except for the 1982-83 season, when he was an assistant at Eastern Kentucky.
Layer made the jump to Division I in 1998 when Ritchie McKay took the head coaching job at Colorado State and named him to his staff. During McKay's two seasons with the Rams, Layer helped lead Colorado State to the NIT Tournament in 1999, where they beat Mississippi State and Colorado, before falling to eventual champion, California.
While with the Rams, Layer had a 103-106 record, including a 17-13 mark in 2007. In 2003, Layer led Colorado State to the Mountain West Conference Championship and its first NCAA Tournament bid in 13 years, falling to Duke in the first round.
Among Layer's accomplishments, he also holds a place in two collegiate Hall of Fames. On May 12, 2011, he was inducted into the Eckerd Hall of Fame, where he still holds the basketball program's single-season assist record. Layer is also a member of the Queens University Hall of Fame, receiving the nod at the conclusion of the 2009-10 season.
Layer and his wife, the former Brenda Peterson, have three children: Valerie (29), Tim (26) and Ethan (20).
Brian Joyce joined the Liberty men's basketball program as an assistant coach on June 11, 2009, marking his second time working on Head Coach Dale Layer's staff. Since his time with Liberty, Joyce has helped the Flames set a new program record in conference wins with 13 (2010-11). He was also instrumental in helping the program capture the 2013 Big South Championship. This was done during an incredible four-game run leading to Liberty's third NCAA Tournament appearance. Overall, Joyce has 17 years of college coaching experience, including six years as a head coach.
Prior to coming to Liberty, Joyce was a member of Layer's staff at Colorado State. Bookending his time under Layer, Joyce spent nine successful seasons as a head coach at the junior college level, most recently at Western Nebraska Community College (WNCC).
"Brian brings head coaching experience, a tireless work ethic, and excellent player relations to our coaching staff," said Layer. "He has achieved success at every stop in his career and brings a great deal of passion to our program."
In 2009, Joyce helped lead the WNCC Cougars to one of their best seasons in the last 10 years. The Cougars finished 25-7, the best record in Region IX. WNCC also won the East Sub-region after winning 21 of its last 25 games. The Cougars also received votes in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national poll the last three weeks of the season.
As a head coach, Joyce has experienced plenty of success in compiling a 138-59 record at WNCC and Northeastern Junior College. In his last two seasons at NJC, his teams were 58-13, including a school record 30-4 the year prior to joining Colorado State. Due to the success of his teams on the court combined with the academic success program he implemented, he helped nearly 50 players earn opportunities to play at the Division I level.
Joyce played at Northeastern Junior College (NJC) under Hall of Fame Coach, Lowell Roumph, from 1991-93. He was an All-Region IX player on a team that won 43 games during his two years as point guard at NJC before transferring to Idaho State. He was a part of a Big Sky regular season championship team that eventually lost to Boise State in the championship game on ESPN. This prevented the Bengals from advancing to the NCAA tournament. Joyce finished with 14 points in the contest.
Joyce finished his playing career under Hall of Fame Coach, Dan Hays, at Oklahoma Christian and was an all-conference selection as a senior. His success continued as a coach. Joyce served as an assistant coach at the Central Oklahoma (UCO), and helped the Broncos win the Lone Star Conference championship which qualified the team for the national tournament. The Broncos finished the season ranked No. 4 in the country with 24-5 overall record during his tenure. From UCO, Joyce went on to be the assistant men's basketball coach/sports information director at Colby Community College, which competes in the nationally renowned Jayhawk Conference. During his time there, he helped lead Colby to the best league record in school history. In addition, four of his recruits went on to play Division I basketball.
Joyce received an Associate of Arts in Business Administration from NJC, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Oklahoma Christian, and a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from Central Oklahoma. He has also completed 12 hours toward his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Administration.
Joyce and his wife Tina are parents of a son, Dalton (14), and a daughter, Regan Kate (10).
Liberty Head Men's Basketball Coach Dale Layer has announced the addition of Omar Mance to his staff as an assistant coach. Mance joins the Flames' staff after spending three seasons as an assistant at Army under head coach Zach Spiker.
"I am thrilled to announce that Omar Mance has agreed to join our Flames coaching staff," Layer stated.
"He has had a distinguished playing and coaching career and brings great recruiting experience to the job. He has recruiting contacts in our natural recruiting areas and will serve as a positive role model to our players."
Layer added, "This appointment will only strengthen an already high-quality staff. Omar and his wife Rebecca will be welcomed additions to the Liberty community."
As an assistant at Army, Mance worked primarily with the program's guards. During his tenure, he coached the Patriot League Rookie of the Year as well as three Patriot League all-rookie team members. In addition to working with position players, Mance also served as a recruiting coordinator and was instrumental in game preparation.
"My wife and I are excited and extremely blessed to be a part of Coach Layer's staff and the Liberty University community," Mance said. "It's an honor to work for Coach Layer and Jeff Barber, who I consider two great leaders and mentors. We've heard great things about the staff and the players. We are truly blessed to be a part of a program that is on the brink of doing something special."
Before arriving at West Point for the 2010-11 season, Mance served as the head varsity coach for the North Shore Country Day (Ill.) boys' team. In his two seasons, Mance led the squad to its two best finishes in school history, winning 16 games and making the regional championship game in 2009. Mance guided seven players to all-league honors and placed two of his charges on the honorable mention all-state squad. He also served as the school's Dean of Multicultural Affairs during the 2009-10 school year.
Prior to his work at Country Day, Mance was on the staff of his alma mater, Rice. He served as Director of Basketball Operations from January-May 2007 before being named an assistant coach for the 2007-08 season. Mance served as the Owls' recruiting coordinator and helped land the first Houston public school recruit to attend Rice in 40 years. In addition to his coaching and recruiting duties, Mance oversaw the Owls' academic progress. Under his watch, Rice posted a 98 percent graduation rate, the best mark in the country.
Before entering the collegiate ranks, Mance was the athletic director at Joseph Sears School in Kenilworth, Ill., from 2005-07. He oversaw every aspect of each of the school's programs and also served as the head coach of the eighth grade boys' basketball squad. While working at the school, Mance also helped found the Robison-Mance Group, a company that worked with leagues, camps and teams to provide mentoring services to more than 900 youth in the Chicago area. Mance was the co-director and coach of the RMG Elite AAU team.
In 2006 and 2008, Mance worked with Athletes in Action in Nairobi, Kenya. He toured schools, academies and orphanages while helping coach college and club teams. The trip to Africa was just one of his international experiences. Mance played on professional tours in Europe, Asia and Canada during the summers of 2004 and 2005. He was named the tournament MVP of the International Cup in Moscow in 2005.
Mance started his coaching career as an assistant coach at Martin Luther King High School in Atlanta, Ga. He helped the squad to a 5-A state runner-up finish in 2004. Mance worked for his father, Eric, an Albany (Ga.) Hall of Fame Inductee who has won more than 400 games in his career.
The Stone Mountain, Ga., native played one season at LSU before finishing his career at Rice. Mance was a second-team All-WAC pick in 2003 and was named the Owls' MVP in both 2002 and 2003. Just as decorated in the classroom, Mance was a two-time member of the WAC All-Academic Team and was named the Rice Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2002 and 2003. Following his senior season, Mance was honored with the Bob Quin Award as Rice's Top Male Student-Athlete and was a finalist for the Creamland Dairies National College Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year award.
A three-time all-state performer at Lithonia High School, Mance was the 1998 Metro Atlanta Player of the Year and the state's AAA Player of the Year. He finished his career as the school's all-time leading scorer and graduated as his class' valedictorian. He played for the Atlanta Celtic AAU program and helped his team to a pair of national championships.
Mance earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from Rice in 2003 and completed the Rice Education Certification program in math for grades 8-12.
Vince Walden joined the Liberty men's basketball staff before the start of the 2012-13 season, in what became a memorable year for the Flames. As a first-year assistant under Head Coach Dale Layer, Walden primarily worked with Liberty's guards and also handled various scouting assignments and recruiting responsibilities.
The Virginia native was instrumental in helping the Flames turn things around in the 2013 Big South Championship en route to capturing the program's third title and punching a ticket to the NCAA Tournament. Liberty's appearance in the Big Dance marked its third in program history and its first since 2004.
Walden comes to Liberty from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., where he served as head coach and recruiting coordinator of the IMG national team. IMG is an internationally known Sports Academy, which conducts high-level training in basketball, tennis, golf, and soccer. A 2001 graduate from Longwood University, Walden was a four-year letter-winner in basketball and a three-year captain for the Lancers.
"Being from Virginia and spending much of his professional life in North Carolina and Florida, Vince fits in very well with the recruiting footprint of Liberty basketball," Layer said. "His experience at IMG Academy has been valuable to him in developing recruiting contacts and honing his individual workout skills to a high level."
"As a Virginia native, I'm aware of the long-standing rich tradition, academic excellence, and Christian philosophy upon which the university was founded," Walden noted. "However, I have been blown away by the university's vision and commitment to athletics."
Walden added, "I'm thankful to Coach Layer for extending to me this opportunity to work with an outstanding staff as well as talented players. In my experience dealing with coaches from across the country, I believe Coach Layer is one of the best in college basketball, as well as one of the finest men I have known. He's tough, competitive, and has a gift for developing great people and players. My family and I are thrilled and honored to be a part of the Liberty University family."
Walden comes to the Hill City along with his wife LaKeesha and sons Vinson, Jr. (4) and Zachary (3).
Matt Olinger is in his ninth year with the men's basketball program, including the last six on the coaching staff. The Indianapolis, Ind., native has been an integral part of Liberty's success over the last nine seasons serving in various capacities that include assistant coach, director of basketball operations and graduate manager while being a part of two NCAA Tournament appearances in 2004 and 2013.
Olinger first joined the coaching staff in 2008 as the director of Basketball operations under former head coach Ritchie McKay. The Flames garnered their first 20 win season since 1991 and also their first postseason appearance since the 2004 NCAA Tournament in the College Insider Tournament.
Olinger served as an interim assistant coach during the spring of 2008 and the spring and summer of 2009. In the fall of 2011, Olinger was promoted to assistant coach where he served until the 2013 season. During his time as assistant coach, Olinger's responsibilities included post player development, individual workouts, opponent scouting and recruiting.
Olinger, the only remaining member of the 2004 Big South Championship team, was a two-year varsity member and won back-to-back state titles in 2002 and 2003 at Bethesda Christian School in Brownsburg, Ind.
A 2007 graduate with a degree in Sport Management, Olinger received his MBA in 2011, is married to the former Kathryn Farris and has one son, Preston. The couple resides in Lynchburg, Va.
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Jeff Thomas was named the third head coach in the history of the Liberty University golf program on June 14, 2004, replacing long-time head coach Frank Landrey who retired from his position in May 2004.
Since taking over the program, Thomas has transformed Liberty golf into one of the true programs on the rise in collegiate golf. He has guided the Flames to a pair of Big South titles, four NCAA Regional appearances, an NCAA Regional title and a trip to the NCAA Men's Golf National Championship in 2012.
Thomas joined the Flames' golf coaching staff during the 2001-02 season as an assistant coach and quickly made an impact. The Flames made Liberty Athletics history in 2003, when Liberty was selected as an at-large team for the NCAA Regionals for the first time in school history. Golf became the first Liberty Athletics program to receive an at-large team bid to any NCAA Championship event. In 2004, Thomas helped Liberty win the Towson Drew Upton Golf Classic, Liberty's 11th Division team championship.
In 2006, his second season as head coach of the program, Thomas led the Flames back to the NCAA Regionals as an at-large team at the NCAA East Regional in Orlando, Fla.
Thomas individually helped a pair of golfers earn NCAA postseason experience in 2009 and 2010. Robert Karlsson, a two-time NCAA Regional at-large invite (2009 and 2010), was joined by Max McKay at the 2010 NCAA East Regional, where both golfer posted Top 25 finishes at the event hosted by Yale in New Haven, Conn. McKay carded a one-under par 209 to finish tied for 16th place, becoming the eighth golfer in Big South history to finish a NCAA Regional event with a sub-par score.
Thomas brought to an end a seven-year stranglehold on the Big South Conference title by Coastal Carolina in 2011. His Flames capped off an impressive season, winning the program's first-ever conference title by 31 strokes and posting the second-lowest 54-hole championship total in the event's history (eight-under par 856).
The victory earned Liberty a trip to the Omni Tucson National Resort in Tucson, Ariz., for the NCAA Arizona Regional, the program's third Regional appearance and second under Thomas. Liberty was the No. 5 seed for the three-day, 54-hole event, the program's highest Regional seeding.
The Flames repeated as Big South champions in 2012, posting a conference championship record score of 20-under par 844 to win by 10 strokes over Coastal Carolina.
Liberty's second Big South title in a row earned the Flames a much closer postseason trip, as the Flames were the No. 6 seed at the NCAA Greensboro Regional in Greensboro, N.C. The Flames continued their strong play and claimed the title on the East Course at the Grandover Resort, besting Florida by three strokes and No. 1 seed Auburn by six strokes.
Liberty's NCAA Regional title earned the Flames a trip to the famed Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., the program's first-ever appearance at the NCAA Men's Golf National Championship. Thomas' program made the most of their rookie national championship experience, finishing in tenth place, one shot shy of advancing to the match play portion of the event.
Thomas guided the Flames to a third-straight NCAA Regional appearance in 2013, earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Fayetteville Regional. The Flames were the No. 7 seed at the event hosted at The Blessings Golf Course in Fayetteville, Ark.
The golf team has rewritten the program's record book under Thomas' leadership. Liberty has won 11 of the program's 22 Division I team tournaments victories with Thomas as head coach. His squads also hold the top four team season stroke average marks in program annuals.
Thomas has recruited the most talented golfers in program history, including two Big South Golfers of the Year, four Big South Championship medalists, three Big South Freshman of the Year, 17 Big South all-conference award winners, four GCAA/PING All-Region honorees and the program's first-ever GCAA/PING All-American.
Thomas' teams have worked just as hard in the classroom as on the golf course. Under his direction, six Liberty golfers have earned GCAA/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars accolades and three Liberty's team have been named to the GCAA All-Academic Team list (2010, 2011 and 2013).
The Liberty graduate's efforts to turn the Flames' golf program into a perennial Top 40 program have not gone unnoticed. He has twice been named Big South Coach of the Year (2010 and 2011) and he was a finalist for the GCAA Dave Williams Award (national coach of the year) in 2011 and 2012.
Thomas has also been named Virginia Sports Information Directors Coach of the Year twice (2011 and 2013) and the Virginia State Golf Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 2012.
During his playing career at Liberty, Thomas was a four-year member of the Flames' golf program (1992-95) and graduated from Liberty in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in business management. During his days on Liberty Mountain as a player, Thomas helped continue the growth of the program, including a pair of team tournament championships during the 1994-95 season (Davis and Elkins Tournament and the Liberty/Water's Edge Classic)
Prior to coming to Liberty, Thomas served as an instructional professional at River Hills Country Club in Tampa, Fla., and Walden Lake Golf and Country Club in Plant City, Fla. He also served as the head professional at Poplar Forest Golf Club in Forest, Va., where he and his wife, Heidi, currently reside with their three daughters, Molly (9), Madeline (7) and Mia (6).
2010 Big South Coach of the Year
2011 Big South Coach of the Year
2011 Virginia Sports Information Directors Coach of the Year
2011 Dave Williams Award finalist (presented by the Golf Coaches Association of America)
2012 Dave Williams Award finalist (presented by the Golf Coaches Association of America)
2012 Virginia State Golf Coaches Association Coach of the Year
2013 Virginia Sports Information Directors Coach of the Year
2011 Big South Conference Champions
2012 Big South Conference Champions
NCAA Regional Appearances:
2006 NCAA East Regional
2011 NCAA Arizona Regional
2012 NCAA Greensboro Regional (Team Champions)
2013 NCAA Fayetteville Regional
NCAA Men's Golf National Championship Appearances:
2012 NCAA Men's Golf National Championship
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The Liberty men's soccer program has firmly entrenched itself among the elite of the Big South Conference and achieved new heights during Jeff Alder's tenure at his alma mater. In 2001, Alder took over a program which had been a consistent winner, building it into a perennial contender for the Big South Conference title and pushing it to new achievements. Under his guidance the Flames have won the program's only two Big South championships, earning Liberty's inclusion in the NCAA Tournament field.
In addition, the Liberty alum captured his 100th coaching win in 2011 with a 2-0 victory over No. 10 Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., on Sept. 13. Alder's Flames posted five consecutive 10-plus win seasons (2007-2011) for the first time in program history. The run of double-digit wins began with a 13-5-2 record in 2007, the most victories in a season during his tenure, during the Flames' run to their first ever Big South title.
Off the field, Alder's program continues to make its mark in the classroom as well. The men's soccer team has been recognized the past two years by the NCAA with a Public Recognition Award. The awards honor teams for their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores, and are given each year to teams with APRs in the top 10 percent of their sport. Also, Alder has had two of his players named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans in midfielder Phillip Aseweh in 2011 and defender Michael Gelatt in 2007 and 2008.
Alder, a long-time fixture on the Liberty campus, enters his 13th season as the head coach of the Liberty men's soccer program. He spent nine years as an assistant and four seasons as a player for 21-year head coach Bill Bell, before taking over as the program's third head coach in 2001. Alder also spent six years as the Director of Academics for Athletics, giving him more than 25 years on Liberty Mountain.
During Alder's previous 12 years at the helm of the men's soccer program, the Flames have not only captured their first two Big South Conference titles in school history (2007 & 2011), but have recorded a top-three finish in the conference's regular-season standings nine times, including last season. Liberty has finished first (2001) in the Big South regular-season standings once, placed second (2003, 2004, 2007) three times and completed conference play third (2002, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2012) five times during his tenure. The Flames have also played in the Big South Championship title game four times (2001, 2007, 2009 & 2011) under Alder.
Student-athletes under Alder have combined to earn one All-American honor, two Freshman All-American awards, three Capital One Academic All-America accolades, 16 all-region recognitions, three Big South Freshman of the Year awards and 50 all-conference selections, including 24 first-team members. In addition, he has seen 21 of his players move on to the professional ranks, with Joshua Boateng being taken in the 2009 Major League Soccer (MLS) Super Draft and seven others picked in the MLS Supplemental Draft.
Alder has also been a key factor behind the growing visibility of the Liberty soccer program, both regionally and nationally. For five consecutive years (2008-12), the Flames were listed among the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) South Atlantic Region poll for several weeks. In 2007, Liberty was ranked every week among the top teams in the poll. In addition, the Flames have traditionally played several highly-ranked programs each season, including 2012, when they defeated No. 10 Virginia, 2-0, in Charlottesville and No. 9 Coastal Carolina, 2-1, in the Big South semifinals.
Alder was a driving force behind the Liberty campus' Thomas Indoor Soccer Center, which opened in the spring of 2009 and is connected to the LaHaye Student Union. He also played an integral part in helping to obtain a new home for both Liberty soccer and the track and field programs, Osborne Stadium and the Luurtsema Center, which was completed in August of 2010.
Having to replace several key players due to graduation from the previous year, Alder guided a young squad through a slow start to finish the regular season on a nine-game unbeaten streak (6-0-3), the second-longest in program history, and a third place finish in the 2012 Big South standings. In addition, defender Uriah Bentick, a three-time all-regional team member, became the seventh Liberty player during Alder's guidance to be selected in the MLS Supplemental Draft.
The year before, Alder led Liberty to its second Big South title in four years, posting an 11-6-3 overall record. The Flames went 4-0-2 over their last six games, capturing the 2011 Big South crown and an NCAA Tournament bid.
Liberty led the Big South Conference in goals allowed (0.95), goals against average (0.91 and shutouts (9). In addition, Darren Amoo, who finished his Liberty career by setting a new school record with 37 career goals, was one of five Flames from the 2011 team to join the professional ranks at the close of the season.
Alder directed Liberty to a 12-5-3 record and an appearance in the Big South Championship title game in 2009. The Flames finished the year ranked fifth in the country in scoring offense, with a 2.15 goals per game average, and were seventh nationally in team goals against average, with a 0.53 GAA. The Flames also tied the program record for shutouts with 12.
In 2008, the Flames head coach saw Hermann Trophy watch list member, Joshua Boateng become the program's first Division I All-American. In addition, Gelatt was once again was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America first team.
The year before, Alder saw his squad capture the 2007 Big South title and move on to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. The Flames recorded the second-highest win total in school history with a 13-5-2 mark.
Defense was one of the keys to Liberty's success, as the Flames posted nine shutouts, allowing only one goal in seven home games during the season. At season's end, Gelatt became the program's first CoSIDA Academic All-American.
In 2006, Alder saw two of his players go on to play professionally and for their country's national team, Trinidad and Tobago, in the school's all-time points leader Darryl Roberts and defender Osei Telesford.
Alder's Flames posted an 11-8-2 record in 2002, with Roberts being named the Liberty program's first Freshman All-American. The year before, the Flames finished the regular season tied for first place in the Big South with a 5-2 league record and reached the title game of the Big South Championship during Alder's first season.
In addition to serving as an assistant coach, Alder spent six years as the Director of Academics for Athletics (1996-2002), supervising the overall athletic academic support program for all of Liberty's student-athletes.
Alder acquired coaching experience under the direction of Bruce Arena and George Gelnovatch at the University of Virginia Camp of Champions. He also coached at the state and district levels for the Virginia Olympic Development program and served under Gelnovatch as a guest evaluator with the U.S. Under-18 National Team. Alder attended the United States National Team Camp as a guest of coach Bruce Arena, prior to the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.
He holds a NSCAA National Coaching Diploma, a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma with Distinction and a NSCAA Premier Diploma. Alder served as a site supervisor for the NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament from 2003-2010 and in 2012. He is also a member of the NCAA South Atlantic Regional Advisory Committee. He was also a voting member for the NSCAA Top 25 College Rankings from 2005-07.
Alder received his bachelor's degree in business management from Liberty in 1991. While playing at Liberty, he was a four-year starter on the men's soccer team.
In his first season as a Flame, Alder earned the 1987 Most Promising Freshman Award. He was also named all-conference in 1987 and was given the Coaches Award and made the Dean's List in 1989. During his final three seasons with the Flames, Liberty posted three straight winning seasons, including a 12-2-2 record in his senior year.
Jeff, his wife Lori, son Chandler (17) and daughter Grayson (11), reside in the Lynchburg area.
A.J. Madero begins his third year as an assistant coach and fourth year with the Liberty men's soccer coaching staff in 2013, after serving a season as the program's graduate assistant. Madero assists in practice instruction, goalkeeper coaching and recruiting. In addition, he is involved in game strategy and alumni relations.
Having to replace several key players due to graduation from the previous year, Madero helped to guide a young squad through a slow start to finish the regular season on a nine-game unbeaten streak (6-0-3), the second-longest in program history, and a third place finish in the 2012 Big South Standings.
In his first year as an assistant, Madero help guide the Flames to the 2011 Big South title. Liberty posted an 11-6-3 overall record and a 4-4-1 Big South mark. The former Flames goalkeeper mentored freshman goalkeepers Scott Sutarik and Josh Pacella, who helped the Flames lead the Big South Conference in goals allowed (0.95), goals against average (0.91) and shutouts (9).
Sutarik led the Big South with a 0.56 goals-against average and in save percentage with an .850 save percentage, earning Big South All-Tournament and All-Freshman team honors. The freshman goalkeeper also tied for the conference lead with six shutouts, recording them in 10 games played.
In Madero's first year as a member of the coaching staff in 2010, the Flames posted a 10-7-1 record, their fourth straight 10-plus win season. Liberty finished the year ranked 21st in the nation in scoring offense by averaging 1.94 goals per game and led the Big South Conference in goals allowed, with 0.93 goals against average.
Madero, a native of Tampa, Fla., earned All-Big South second team accolades in 2009, as well as garnering conference player of the week honors during the season. Additionally, the goalkeeper was a member of Liberty's 2007 Big South Conference championship team.
Madero also etched his name on several Liberty single season and career record lists, despite suffering a season-ending injury during the Flames' first round Big South Tournament contest in 2009. He holds the lowest career goals-against average in Big South Conference history with a 0.52 GAA.
Madero posted the second-best goals-against average for a season in Liberty history with a 0.45 GAA and tied for second in program annals with Liberty assistant coach Dean Short with 10 shutouts in 2009. He compiled an 11-4-3 record and finished the year fourth in nation in the final NCAA Division I Statistical Report in GAA.
During his two seasons on the Flames' roster, Madero compiled a 16-4-6 record with a school-record low goals-against average of 0.52, logging over 2,416 minutes in the Liberty net. He holds the Osborne Stadium record with eight consecutive shutouts, completing his career without conceding a goal at the facility and finishing a strong 10-0-2 at home.
Madero earned his Bachelor of Science degree in general studies with a specialization in kinesiology from Liberty in 2010 and earned a master's degree in sports management this past spring. He also serves the goalkeeping director at Central Virginia United and has been involved in youth soccer coaching and instructional camp throughout the area.
Madero lives in Lynchburg.
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Dot Richardson was named the fifth head coach in the history of the Lady Flames softball program on July 17, 2013.
Richardson brings a vast knowledge of the game, which she has shared during stints as both a coach and a clinician. She has coached at the collegiate level, including as an assistant coach at Adelphi University while completing her master's degree in 1988 and as a volunteer at Oregon State. Most recently, Richardson served as an advisor/instructional coach for Montverde Academy's softball team.
She is the founder of the Dot Richardson Softball Association – a not-for-profit organization which provides instruction to coaches and athletes to help them reach their full potential. As part of this foundation, a travel ball organization was founded, with Richardson coaching "Dot's Diamonds" to NSA National Championships at both the 10U and 18U levels.
Through the Dot Richardson Softball Series, Inc., Richardson has organized and taught at instructional camps and clinics throughout the nation since its founding in 1984.
Richardson takes over Liberty's head coaching position after Paul Wetmore retired from the position in May following a 20-year career that included a program-record 547 career victories. Richardson becomes the program's second head coach at the Division I level since the program was reinstated in 1994.
Richardson is one of the most decorated collegiate, national and international players in softball history.
She helped Team USA win Olympic gold in Atlanta in 1996 and Sydney in 2000, hitting the game-winning home run in the gold medal game in 1996.
Internationally, she also played in five Pan American Games (1979, 1983, 1987, 1995 and 1999) and five World Championships (1982, 1986, 1990, 1994 and 1998). She helped her team win five Pan American Game gold medals and four World Championship gold medals.
As a collegiate player, Richardson was a five-time All-American, earning AIAW All-America honors at Western Illinois and three All-America honors at UCLA. After transferring to UCLA from Western Illinois, she was recognized one year as an All-American by both organizations.
While at UCLA, Richardson helped the Bruins win their first of 11 NCAA national championships in 1982. She finished as a three-time Bruin softball team MVP and completed her career with a .349 batting average.
The standout shortstop was named UCLA's All-University Athlete Award winner in 1983, sharing the honors with three-time Olympic track & field goal medalist Jackie Joyner Kersee. Additionally, Richardson was named the 1980's NCAA Player of the Decade to cap off her stellar collegiate accomplishments. She is listed No. 43 on the Top 100 NCAA Student-Athletes of the Century.
Richardson is a 16-time Amateur Softball Association (A.S.A.) All-American and was inducted into the A.S.A. Hall of Fame in 2006.
Additionally, Richardson has been inducted into the State of Florida Hall of Fame (1992) and the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame (1996).
During her international playing career, Richardson was nominated for the Olympic Sportswoman of the Year award four times (1981, 1989, 1990 and 1996) and the Sullivan Award (Outstanding Amateur Athlete in the United States) four times (1981, 1989, 1990 and 1996).
Some of Richardson's other national softball awards include the 1996 United States Olympic Committee Award, 1997 Babe Zaharias Award (Female Athlete of the Year), 1998 Sports Legends Award and the 2008 NCAA Silver Anniversary Award.
After retiring from the game of softball in 2000, Richardson has served as the Executive Director and Medical Director of the National Training Center in Clermont, Fla.
After graduating from UCLA with an undergraduate degree in kinesiology/pre-med in 1984, Richardson received a M.A. in Exercise Physiology/Health from Adelphi in 1988 and her M.D. from Louisville in 1993.
She completed a five-year post-doctoral residency in orthopedic surgery from the USC/Los Angeles County Medical Center (July 1993 to June 1999) and participated in an orthopedic sport medicine fellowship at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles, Calif., the following year.
An active member of the Central Florida community, Richardson was named the 2012 Citizen of the Year in Lake County, Fla. She also received the 2012 Summit Award from the Women's Research Center from UCF.
Richardson is married to Bob Pinto, the National Director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Softball Ministry. Richardson also serves in the organization as board chair.
Richardson has authored two books (Go For It! A Conversation About Being You! and Living The Dream: The Dot Richardson Story), and produced The Dot Richardson Instructional Video Tape/DVD library.
Richardson has worked as a television commentator for NBC's coverage of the Athens Olympics in 2004 and helped cover numerous softball games, including the NCAA Softball College World Series, for ESPN.
Bob Pinto brings more than 30 years of softball coaching experience to Liberty, serving as an assistant coach on head coach Dot Richarson's inaugural coaching staff.
Pinto, who has been married to Richardson since 2001, has coached extensively at the collegiate, high school, travel and professional levels over the past 32 years.
Pinto has conducted coaches' and players' clinics worldwide since 1998 through the Dot Richardson Softball Series. Additionally, he has served at the national director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Softball Ministry.
He spent the last two years (2012 and 2013) as co-head softball coach at Montverde Academy in Montverde, Fla. While serving as coach of the Eagles, he helped lead them to back-to-back FHSAA Regional appearances. In 2013, the Eagles won the District championship and advanced to the 3A state semifinals, where they came in third place.
At the collegiate level, Pinto first gained experience as an assistant coach at the University of New Haven. He then assisted at Adelphi, which competed at the NCAA Division I level at the time.
Pinto took over as head coach at Division I program LIU-Brooklyn in 1993, with the Blackbirds posting a 24-13 record during his first season. During the span of two years at Long Island, Pinto's' teams went 44-34.
A native of Stamford, Conn., he coached travel ball at the 12U, 16U and 18U levels. Pinto was co-head coach for the Stamford Flash from 1984-86 before spending eight years (1990-97) as head coach of the Stamford Wildcats. He guided the Wildcats to several state championships and one Regional title. His Wildcats teams competed in the AFA Friendship Games in Anaheim, Calif., and won a title in Montreal, Canada. During the early 2000's, he coached the 18U Dot's Diamonds, a team which won the 18U NSA National Championship in 2004.
Pinto has coached at five different high schools, beginning as an assistant coach at Greenwich High School in Greenwich, Conn. He then served as head coach at Notre Dame Catholic High School in Fairfield, Conn. While in Florida, he was an assistant at East Ridge High School before taking the head coach job at Central Florida Christian Academy for two seasons.
He played a key role in developing the Profastpitch X-treme Tour. Pinto was the inaugural National Site Director for the tour and had responsibility for all on-site operations. In addition, he was one of the tour's head coaches, working with top softball players, including Olympians and collegiate All-Americans.
Paige Cassady joined the Liberty softball coaching staff in July of 2013 under first-year head coach Dot Richardson, and will primarily focus on the development of the Lady Flames' pitching staff.
Cassady's most recent coaching experience came in 2013, when she served as pitching coach at Lipscomb under head coach Kristin Ryman. While at Lipscomb, Cassady helped the Lady Bisons post a 35-24 record and qualify for the Atlantic Sun finals. During the 2013 campaign, she instructed Tanner Sanders, who was named to the Atlantic Sun All-Freshman team and Conference Tournament team. She was in charge of the infield defense and baserunning, in addition to responsibilities for travel, camps, team academics and recruiting.
Prior to her time at Lipscomb, Cassady spent two years as a graduate assistant at Louisiana Monroe, where she was the pitching coach under head coach Rosemary Holloway-Hill. In addition to her responsibilities with pitching, she directed the Warhawks' baserunning practice and developed speed and agility workouts.
Cassady has gained extensive experience as a pitching instructor. Since 2005, she has joined her father with Powerline Fastpitch, to provide pitching lessons in and around Orlando, Fla. Several of her students have gone on to pitch collegiately. She also served as an instructor at FIU softball camps and clinics and at a softball camp led by LSU softball head coach Beth Torina.
While working at Louisiana Monroe in Nov. 2012, she served as a keynote speaker on the fundamentals of pitching at an annual Easton Fastpitch southeast conference in Mississippi.
A native of Orlando, Fla., Cassady pitched collegiately for four seasons, beginning with a two-year stint at Presbyterian College from 2007 and 2008. As a freshman in 2007, Cassady won 16 games and was named to the All-SAC second team. Following the 2008 season, she transferred to Florida International, where she was a team captain in 2010.
Cassady graduated with a bachelor's degree in English from Florida International in 2010. She then earned a Master of Arts degree in English from Louisiana Monroe in 2012.
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After serving as the head coach of both Liberty's men's and women's tennis teams since August 2006, Chris Johnson now concentrates solely on the men's program. During the summer of 2012, Liberty separated the coaching roles of the men's and women's programs, which were shared since the inception of the women's program in 2000-01.
Since being named the head coach of Liberty's men's team Johnson has led the program to new heights.
Johnson came to Liberty being very familiar with its tennis history, as he was a four-year letterwinner for the Flames men's tennis team from 1990-94, and also served as an assistant coach during the 1995 season. Johnson's passion for Liberty and tennis has led to a host of new accolades for each program.
The Liberty alum has guided the Flames' steady improvement since taking the helm of the program.
Most recently, Johnson led Liberty to a 15-8 record during the 2012 season, marking the program's second best single-season wins total. With the 15 wins, the program posted its fourth consecutive season with double digit victories, totaling 50 wins during the span. At the end of the year, No. 1 singles and doubles player Siim Tuus was honored with Big South all-conference honors in both formats of play, while also earning a No. 16 ranking in the ITA's Atlantic Region.
In 2011, the Flames posted a 10-12 record, while being a team primarily led by underclassmen. The group advanced to the Big South Conference Championship semifinals for just the second time in program history. Holding a No. 6 seed, the Flames upended No. 3 seeded Coastal Carolina, 4-1 to advance.
During the 2010 season, Johnson's men's team racked up a 12-10 regular season mark. In Big South play, Liberty produced a 4-2 record, tying the 2003 team for the best regular-season conference record in program history.
Johnson's second and third years alone saw marked improvements for the program, posting four and five-win improvements in the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Its 13 victories in 2009 were the second most in program history at the time. Additionally, the Flames' first trip to the Big South Conference Championship's semifinal round came during the 2009 campaign.
Johnson also served as the head women's coach for six seasons, being only the second coach in the program's history. While leading the Lady Flames, the program achieved three of its most successful seasons in program history.
In his final season leading the Lady Flames, Johnson helped Liberty battle back from a tough early season schedule. The squad, which featured only one senior and no juniors, concluded the year with an 11-12 mark, winning 10 of its final 13 matches, including a six-match win streak.
The 2011 season served as a culminating year for Johnson's first recruiting class (2007-08), which was ranked No. 17 by the Tennis Recruiting Network among its Top 25 Mid-Major recruiting classes.
The Lady Flames wrapped up the 2011 season tying program marks for both wins in a season and in Big South Conference play. The 15-7 overall record was part of a 6-1 conference mark, which landed the team tied atop the conference's women's tennis standings, and led to the program's first-ever regular season championship. The team finished the year with the program's fourth trip to the Big South Tournament's semifinal round, three of which have been overseen by Johnson.
As part of the 2007-08 recruiting class, Jordan Jenkins completed her collegiate career in 2011 holding nearly all of the Liberty women's tennis records, including career wins in both singles (87) and doubles (78). She earned Big South all-conference recognition for both singles and doubles each year of her career, which all began after being named the 2008 Big South Women's Tennis Player and Freshman of the Year.
Hannah Fick was also part of that recruiting class, and earned Big South all-conference honors for singles in 2009, and doubles in 2009 and 2011, while teaming with Jenkins. She also finished her career with 73 total doubles victories, ranking second only to Jenkins.
Prior to rewriting the record books in 2011, Johnson had led both the 2008 and 2009 teams to then-Liberty program records for wins in a season in program history.
In Johnson's second year at the helm, he mixed talented newcomers and several veterans to push the team to an eight-win improvement, notching a 13-4 overall record and 4-1 mark in the Big South. For the turnaround, Johnson was tabbed as the 2008 Big South Women's Tennis Coach of the Year, becoming the first coach in Liberty tennis history to be named a conference coach of the year.
The very next year, Johnson's team reset the bar with a 15-7 overall record, while finishing second in the Big South Conference women's tennis standings for the second consecutive year, boasting a 6-1 mark.
In his very first season as head coach, Johnson saw Jonita Randolph named the 2007 Big South Women's Tennis Player of the Year, the first Liberty tennis player, male or female to be selected as a conference player of the year.
Johnson finished his career at Liberty with 31 singles victories, while posting a 34-32 mark playing at #1 and #2 doubles. Johnson finished both his junior and senior seasons with 10 singles victories, while completing his final year of competition with a 12-10 doubles record.
Johnson helped the Flames post a combined 32-38 record during his four-year career. Liberty was competing in just its third season at the NCAA Division I level during Johnson's freshman year (1991), and he was a member of Liberty's first-ever tennis team to compete in the Big South Conference in 1992. During his playing career, Johnson was honored as a member of the Big South Presidential Honor Roll.
Johnson, a native of Hickory, N.C., his wife Audrey and the couple's two children, Landon (5) and Ashleigh (4), live in Forest, Va.
Head men's tennis coach Chris Johnson announced the addition of Rich Benson to his staff as an assistant coach on August 12, 2013. Benson comes to Liberty after spending the past two years on staff with Athletes in Action (AIA), working with their tennis ministry.
"Liberty men's tennis is very blessed to have Coach Benson joining our coaching staff," Johnson stated. "He has a strong commitment to the Lord and to seeing our players grow on and off the court. I am very humbled as I watch how God continues to build our program."
Prior to his AIA experience, Benson was a volunteer assistant for the 25th-ranked Louisville men's tennis squad. "Coach Rich Benson brought a great blend of skills to our program", commented Louisville men's tennis head coach Rex Ecarma. "He was an All-American and former ATP Doubles player and brought that experience, as well as his management skills from his previous job, to his position with us at Louisville. Lastly, he brought a sense of compassion and thoughtfulness regarding the players. He cared as much for their soul as he did for their performance level."
During his collegiate playing career, Benson was a three-time All-American tennis player at Kentucky and reached an ATP doubles world ranking of No. 132. Benson is a member of the Kentucky State Tennis Hall of Fame, as well as a member of the University of Kentucky Tennis Hall of Fame.
"It's refreshing to see Liberty University's commitment to make a difference in the world for Christ through the lives of their students and student-athletes," stated Benson. My wife and I are excited about joining the Liberty family in their mission to ‘Build Champions for Christ.' I'm eager to get started and join Coach Johnson as he continues to build a great tennis program here at Liberty University."
Rich has been married to his wife Paula for 15 years. They have three young children, Allison (10), Timothy (8) and Daniel (5).
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Shane Pinder has helped the Liberty volleyball program reach new heights since taking the helm prior to the 2004 season.
Under Pinder's leadership, the Lady Flames have won six straight Big South regular-season titles, breaking the conference record for consecutive championships. Liberty has appeared in the Big South final in each of the last six seasons (2007-12), claiming the championship in 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012. Additionally, the team has claimed 20 or more victories in each of the last six seasons.
Liberty is the only NCAA Division I volleyball team at present with six straight 20-win seasons, six conference regular-season titles in a row and six consecutive appearances in the conference final.
Pinder has been named Big South Coach of the Year three times, in 2007, 2010 and 2012, while also earning the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) State Coach of the Year honor in 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012. He holds the VaSID and Big South records for most volleyball Coach of the Year awards.
Pinder's 174-121 record places him second in all-time coaching wins at Liberty, with the Lady Flames posting a 96-34 mark in Big South matches under his direction. He holds Liberty's record for Big South wins as a volleyball coach.
The Lady Flames have been regular recipients of top honors during Pinder's tenure. Kallie Corbin became the first AVCA All-American in program history in 2008, and Chelaine McCarty followed suit in 2009. Pinder has coached two Big South Players of the Year (Corbin, '08; Caroline Douglas, ‘12), four Big South Freshmen of the Year and four Big South Tournament MVPs. A total of 10 Lady Flames have earned first team all-conference accolades under his direction.
Liberty volleyball has also thrived academically, highlighted by the AVCA Team Academic Award in 2011. Kristin Colson earned Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year and CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in 2004, while Karyl Bacon was named Big South Woman of the Year in 2010. Following the 2012 season, Becca Haraf was named Big South Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
The Lady Flames swept the Big South major honors in 2012, with Douglas being named both Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year. Pinder was awarded his third Big South Volleyball Coach of the Year award, while Haraf was tabbed Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Liberty posted a 25-8 record during 2012, gaining its seventh Big South tournament title, second in a row and fourth in the last six seasons. Douglas led the Big South in kills and drew AVCA All-Region mention. The Lady Flames were nearly unbeatable at home, dropping just one set while going 9-0 at the Vines Center to improve their home winning streak to 14 matches. The Lady Flames faced No. 8 seed Minnesota in the NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship first round, falling, 34-32, in set three.
In 2011, the Lady Flames captured their conference-record sixth Big South tournament championship, punching a ticket to the NCAA Division I Volleyball Championship with a sweep of Radford in the Big South final. Liberty went 20-13 and met four-time defending national champion Penn State in the first round of NCAA Regional play.
Under Pinder, Liberty has made four appearances in NCAA postseason play, clashing with ranked opponents each time. The Lady Flames took a set from Final Four participant California in 2007. They followed with a set victory over Final Four qualifier Nebraska the following year.
The 2008 Lady Flames went 25-9 overall, wrapping up the squad's best two-year run at the NCAA Division I level. Liberty, which won its second straight Big South tournament title in 2008, went 52-18 combined during the 2007 and 2008 campaigns.
Pinder won his first Big South and VaSID State Coach of the Year honors in 2007, guiding a squad that captured the program's first Big South title since 2001. Liberty went 27-9 on the year, establishing a school NCAA Division I record for victories.
The Lady Flames swept Winthrop 3-0 on Oct. 27, 2007, halting the Eagles' 63-match Big South winning streak. The win was part of Liberty's string of 10 consecutive 3-0 sweeps during the month of October.
Since the start of the 2007 season, Liberty is 142-62 (.696) overall, the best six-year span, wins-wise and percentage-wise, since the Lady Flames joined NCAA Division I in 1989.
Prior to his head coaching position, Pinder spent three seasons (1999-2001) as an assistant on Liberty's coaching staff. In the role, he helped guide the Lady Flames to Big South Conference titles in 1999 and 2001 and two trips to the NCAA Division I Tournament.
Pinder, a native of Nassau, Bahamas, attended Broward Community College in Miami, Fla., for two years and graduated from Liberty Bible Institute in 2000 and Luther Rice Seminary in 2004.
Pinder and his wife, Haley, reside in the Lynchburg area with their daughter, Graysen Avie, who will turn eight during the 2013 season.
Former Lady Flames standout Rebecca Rudnick joined the Liberty volleyball coaching staff as an assistant coach during the 2011 season. Rudnick returned to the Liberty volleyball coaching staff, where she previously served as graduate assistant in 2006 and 2007.
During her return season to Liberty, the Lady Flames captured their conference-record sixth Big South championship and a berth in the NCAA Volleyball Championship. The Lady Flames then made it two in a row, claiming the 2012 Big South volleyball title and a return trip to the NCAA Tournament. She helped guide the Lady Flames to the 2007 Big South championship, and also won a conference title as a player in 2001. She joined current assistant coach Jennifer Vaden, as both Rudnick and Vaden played at Liberty from 2001-04.
Rudnick joined the Lady Flames' staff after serving as a reading specialist and first grade teacher at Robert S. Payne Elementary School in Lynchburg, Va.
After completing her graduate assistantship in 2008, she continued to provide volleyball instruction as a head volleyball coach with the Heart of Virginia Volleyball Club from 2009-11. Additionally, she volunteered as an assistant volleyball coach at Randolph College during the fall of 2010.
Prior to her first coaching stint at Liberty, Rudnick coached the Celtic Force Volleyball Club, a team of 16-year-old players based in Palos Heights, Ill., in 2005. She also taught third grade at Churchill Elementary School in Homewood, Ill., during the 2005-06 academic year.
A four-year letterwinner for the Lady Flames, Rudnick was part of the 2001 squad which won the Big South championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. She currently ranks 10th all-time at Liberty with 1,164 career kills. Rudnick was a first-team All-Big South honoree as a junior in 2003, and earned mention as a Big South All-Tournament team selection in 2004.
Rudnick graduated with high honors from Liberty in May 2005, earning a bachelor's degree in elementary education. She graduated with a Master of Education in 2008, qualifying her as a reading specialist.
Rudnick currently resides in Lynchburg.
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On June 20, 2012, Liberty University Director of Athletics Jeff Barber announced the hiring of Jeff Maren as Liberty's new head women's tennis coach. Maren was named to the position after Liberty separated the coaching roles of the men's and women's tennis programs, which were shared since the inception of the women's program in 2000-01.
"We are thrilled to welcome Coach Maren to the Liberty family as he brings great experience, passion and commitment to Liberty tennis," said Barber. "Through our nationwide search, it quickly became obvious that he is the perfect fit to lead our program. I believe great days are ahead for the women's team and feel blessed to have Jeff join our dream of building a national caliber tennis program."
Maren comes to Liberty after six successful seasons as associate head coach of the women's tennis program at North Texas, where he helped the Mean Green transition from a 2-19 program in 2007 to win a pair of Sun Belt Conference championships (2010 and 2012).
During his first three seasons at North Texas, Maren served as assistant coach before being promoted to associate head coach of the program for the last three seasons.
Following an 11-win improvement during his first season with the program, North Texas finished the 2008 season ranked No. 13 in the final ITA Southwest Region rankings. The Mean Green continued to improve the following season, posting a 17-6 record while making a run to the Sun Belt Conference Championship semifinals in 2009.
In 2010, North Texas captured its first-ever Sun Belt Conference title, upending No. 49 Florida International, 4-3, in the conference's title match. Following another conference semifinal run in 2011, North Texas claimed its second Sun Belt title and NCAA Women's Tennis Championship berth with a 4-2 win over Florida International in 2012.
During his last five seasons at North Texas, Maren helped the Mean Green post a 75-41 record and gain a national ranking as high as No. 40 during the early part of the 2012 spring season.
Maren helped coach four all-conference women's tennis players and two nationally ranked players at North Texas, along with adding a combined 38 nationally ranked opponents to North Texas' schedule during his six seasons with the program.
North Texas success was not limited to the court during Maren's time with the program, as the Mean Green finished five out of six seasons with ITA All-Academic team honors.
"I am truly blessed to be the head women's tennis coach at Liberty, and am thankful to Jeff Barber and Meredith Eaker [Senior Woman Administrator] for giving me this opportunity," said Maren. "Combining my love for Christ and my passion for tennis has created a life-long path for me. I look forward to bringing my vision to the Liberty program, so that we can continue to rise to new heights."
Prior to his days at North Texas, Maren taught and managed tennis clubs in Kentucky for nearly two decades, along with beginning a pair of collegiate tennis programs at Brescia University (men's, 1991) and his alma mater Thomas More College (women's, 1988). Maren led Brescia University to a 44-38 record over five seasons, coaching three all-conference athletes and two NAIA national qualifiers at the Owensboro, Ky., school. Maren helped Thomas More College to a 19-17 record in his three years at the NCAA Division II program in Crestview Hills, Ky., coaching three all-conference players during the program's earliest years.
Maren's professional instructing career spans three different clubs during a 17-year timeline. He was the Director of Tennis at Owensboro County Club (1991-95), the Director of Tennis and Fitness at the Executive Racquet Club in Owensboro, Ky. (1991-95) and the Director of Tennis and Fitness at the Country Club of Paducah in Paducah, Ky. (1998-06).
At each club, Maren instructed between 150 and 200 members and was named the "Kentucky Pro of the Year" by the USTA in 2005. Maren has been a United States Professional Tennis Association certified instruction since 1997.
Maren is a 1989 graduate of Thomas More College, where he received an associate's degree in psychology and a bachelor's degree in business administration.
During his days at Thomas More as a player, Maren posted an 81-20 singles record and qualified for the NAIA national championships all four years (1985-89). He was a three-time district champion in both singles and doubles and was nationally ranked as a senior. Maren was honored in 2010 when he was inducted into the Thomas More Athletics Hall of Fame.
After graduation, Maren continued to play in open and professional events and was ranked nationally as high as No. 23 in 2002 in the men's 35 and over singles grouping. He has played tournament tennis every year for the past 27 years.
Maren and his wife of 14 years, Julie, have one son, Zachary.
Giancarlo Lemmi joins first-year head coach Jeff Maren's staff as a graduate assistant coach, while pursuing a degree in secondary education. Lemmi will assist Maren, providing a strong knowledge of Liberty tennis following his four-year playing career for the Flames.
The Sao Paulo, Brazil native helped the Flames total double-digit victories in each of his four seasons with the program—the first such stretch in the program's history. Lemmi helped the Flames accumulate 50 victories in the four-year span.
Lemmi concluded his standout career in 2012, finishing as the Flames' all-time career wins leader in both singles (72) and doubles (79) play. The two-time Big South All-Conference player in doubles also excelled in the classroom, being named to the Big South's Presidential Honor Roll three times, the Big South All-Academic team twice (2011-12) and the VaSID All-Academic team once (2012).
Track & Field/Cross Country (Men's & Women's)
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The longest-tenured and most highly-decorated head coach in the history of Liberty Athletics, Brant Tolsma serves as the head coach of the men's and women's cross country and track & field teams. The 54-time Big South Coach of the Year was brought to Liberty in 1986 by the Flames' first track & field coach, Jake Matthes, to serve as the head men's track & field coach. By 1991, Tolsma had assumed each of the coaching positions he still holds today.
Tolsma, who at the present time primarily coaches the Flames' high jumpers, long jumpers and triple jumpers, shows no signs of slowing down. He has guided Liberty's cross country and track & field squads to 20 out of a possible 24 Big South Conference titles since the start of the 2009-10 academic year. Under Tolsma's guidance, Liberty's cross country and track & field squads have now won 79 Big South championships and three IC4A team titles.
The 2009-10 athletic year was one of the finest in program history, highlighted by the Big South Conference's first-ever "Double Triple." The unique achievement, which has only been accomplished by 10 different schools in NCAA Division I history, saw the Flames and Lady Flames sweep all six Big South titles (men's cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field and women's cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field).
Individually, Sam Chelanga closed his career in 2011 with a total of four NCAA national titles, including two apiece in cross country and outdoor track & field. Additionally, Heather (Sagan) Zealand won the mile at the 2002 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships and Josh McDougal was the national champion at the 2007 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships. Tolsma has been at the helm for each of the Flames' six individual national titles.
Chelanga's performance at the 2011 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which included a 5K national championship and a runner-up finish in the 10K, helped Liberty tie for 12th place in the final men's team standings. That is the highest NCAA Division I team finish in program and Big South Conference history in either cross country or track & field.
Tolsma has won 54 Big South Coach of the Year honors and twice was named the NCAA District Coach of the Year. His number of coach of the year recognitions is almost the same as the number of NCAA Division I All-Americans he has coached at Liberty. Tolsma's athletes have earned a combined 50 All-America honors since the program moved to the NCAA Division I level in 1989.
Tolsma's student-athletes have also excelled in the classroom during his tenure at Liberty. Seven Liberty cross country/track & field student-athletes have earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors at the Division I level under his guidance.
Tolsma's coaching career began at Campbell in Buies Creek, N.C., where he served as the head men's and women's cross country and track & field coach for seven years (1979-86).
Tolsma completed his undergraduate work with summa cum laude distinction in 1971 at Newark College of Engineering, since renamed New Jersey Institute of Technology. He went on to earn a master's degree in hydraulic engineering from Michigan in 1973 and a Ph.D. in the biomechanics of sport from Indiana in 1979. Tolsma's doctoral dissertation was entitled "Leg Dynamics of Maximum Speed Sprinting."
Tolsma has published several articles about track & field training and in 2001 released a book, The Surrendered Christian Athlete, which expounds the role of the Christian faith in athletics. He has also designed several athletic training devices.
Tolsma has been active as a master's track & field competitor for two decades. He won his age group in the World Double Decathlon Championship in both 2005 and 2010, as well as the Masters National Decathlon Championship in both 1993 and 2003. He placed second at the World Veterans Games decathlon in 1995 and at the 2002 World Double-Decathlon Championship in Finland.
During September 2010 at the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex, Tolsma set the world record for men aged 60 and over in the double decathlon, a two-day, 20-event competition which includes all of the track & field disciplines. In October 2007, Tolsma broke his age group's world record for the one-day double decathlon. Tolsma also set an age group (55-60) world record for the double heptathlon in December 2008, while competing at Liberty's indoor track & field facility bearing his name.
The former president of the International Association of Ultra Multi-events, Tolsma has raced nearly every competitive distance from 50 meters to 50 miles. The latter he did to celebrate reaching age 50, over a decade ago.
Tolsma enjoys a number of sports and fitness activities, especially water-skiing. Nancy, his wife of 38 years, is the mother of his six children: Michelle, who is married to former Liberty tennis player Matthew Schley; Rachel Parker; Brenda, who is married to current Liberty assistant track & field coach Clendon Henderson; Regina Hurst; Joey and Tami, a four-year member of the Liberty women's track & field team who graduated in May 2012. Tolsma also has 10 grandchildren.
Lance Bingham has served two different stints on the Liberty track & field coaching staff. Most recently, he rejoined the team as Associate Head Coach on the Flames' staff in 2004-05.
In the last nine seasons, he has helped guide the Liberty men's and women's track & field teams to a combined 25 conference titles. Bingham has been a part of the Liberty coaching staff for all three IC4A championship seasons (1996, 2007 & 2008).
In 2009-10, Bingham helped Liberty become only the ninth school in NCAA Division I history to complete a conference "Double Triple." The Flames captured Big South titles in men's cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field, in addition to women's cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field.
Bingham, whose current coaching responsibilities include the hurdles, pole vault and multi events, has coached at least one Flame to the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in all but one year since returning to the Liberty staff in 2004-05. Most recently, he coached Kolby Shepherd (pole vault) to a tie for fifth place and All-America honors at the 2012 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Three of Bingham's charges (Jon Hart, Clendon Henderson and Brandon Hoskins) qualify for the 2008 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Additionally, Henderson took part in the U.S. Olympic Trials that year.
As a result, Bingham was duly recognized as the 2008 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Southeast Regional Men's Assistant Coach of the Year.
During his time away from Liberty, Bingham spent three years (2001-04) as the head coach at South Plains Junior College in Levelland, Texas, where he was named the 2004 National Junior College Outdoor Coach of the Year.
At South Plains Junior College, Bingham's athletes won 13 individual national championships and earned 33 All-America honors in track and cross country, while the 2002 women's marathon squad won the national championship. On two separate occasions, his men's teams earned a third-place finish at the national championship meet.
Prior to his tenure at South Plains, Bingham served as an assistant coach at Liberty for six seasons (1995-2001), where he was primarily responsible for assisting with multi-event athletes and field events. During his first stint as an assistant coach for the Flames, he coached seven Division I All-Americans.
During his competitive days, Bingham was an All-America decathlete at South Plains Junior College, finishing second at nationals in both 1982 and 1983, when he posted a personal-best score of 7,510 points. He went on to compete at Texas Tech, where he also played football.
Bingham graduated cum laude from Texas Tech with a bachelor's degree in physical education and earned his masters of education from Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas.
Bingham and his wife of 26 years, Kelly, have two children: Brittany (24) and Cody (21). Brittany is a former Liberty heptathlete, while Cody is a redshirt sophomore decathlete on this year's Liberty track & field team.
Clendon Henderson has served on the Liberty track & field staff as an assistant coach ever since becoming the second Flames track & field athlete to be both an All-American and an Academic All-American during his own collegiate career.
Henderson, who coaches Liberty's throwers, has helped guide Flames to the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships each of his five years on staff. Last year, Ryan Smith threw the shot put and Mychelle Cumings competed in the discus at the 2013 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.
Additionally, Liberty throwers have won 25 Big South event titles and three ECAC event crowns, while breaking seven different school records during the past five seasons. Three of the five Liberty throwing event records which have not been broken during that time are owned by Henderson himself.
Certified as a Throwing Specialist by the USTFCCCA, Henderson earned an All-America certificate during his final college meet, the 2008 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. The senior recorded a third-place finish in the discus final, becoming the first thrower in Liberty history to win All-America recognition.
During his senior season of indoor track & field, Henderson qualified for the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships, placing 14th in the shot put. He ended his career with three Liberty and Big South records, including indoor shot put (61-10.5), outdoor shot put (61-3) and discus (204-3).
Henderson, who graduated with a 3.72 grade-point average in kinesiology in May 2008, garnered many academic awards, headlined by a first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America notation. He was additionally a two-time U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic team member and won two Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards. Henderson was also presented with the inaugural Dr. Jerry Falwell Leadership award.
At Meadow High School, also the alma mater of Liberty associate head track & field coach Lance Bingham, Henderson starred in both track & field and six-man football. He then began his collegiate career under Bingham's tutelage at South Plains College. As a sophomore at South Plains in 2005, Henderson was a junior college All-American, after placing second in the discus at the NJCAA national meet.
Henderson married Coach Brant Tolsma's daughter Brenda in June 2007, and the couple resides in the Lynchburg area. The Hendersons have a son, Colton, who was born in December 2010, and a daughter, Cheyanne, born in May 2012.
Andrew "Pete" McFadden serves on the Liberty track & field coaching staff, primarily working with the sprints (up to 800 meters) and relays.
After serving in a part-time role during the 2007 season, he is working full-time with the Flames for a seventh consecutive season in 2013.
Since McFadden joined the coaching staff, the Flames have won 20 Big South team championships and the men's squad captured back-to-back IC4A outdoor titles (2007 & 2008).
His sprinters performed well in 2013, as sophomore Abigail Flower shattered the school records in the women's 100 (11.57) and indoor (24.72) and outdoor 200 (23.48). Meanwhile, Tarell Williams finished fifth in the IC4A 100 dash final and helped the Flames' 4 x 100 relay quartet place fifth as well.
In 2009-10, McFadden helped coach Jaime Watson to one of the finest seasons in school and conference history in the 400 and 800. She broke numerous Liberty and Big South Conference records and qualified for the 2010 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships.
McFadden was a standout sprinter for the Flames in the mid to late 90s and held the Big South Championship meet record at 100 meters (10.32) until 2010. In 1996, he led off for Liberty's victorious 4 x 100 meter relay squad at the IC4A Championship, helping the Flames capture the team title. The quartet ran a school-record 39.86 seconds. In total, he was a six-time All-East selection at 100 meters, 200 meters and in the 4 x 100 relay.
McFadden also excelled on the football field at Liberty. He played for the 1995 Flames who went 8-3 and were ranked No. 19 nationally. That season, McFadden returned two kickoffs for touchdowns and averaged a school record 37.8 yards per return. His 93-yard punt return against Delaware State is still a school record. At season's end, he was named a first-team All-American as a return specialist by both the Football Gazette and the Sports Network.
McFadden participated in the Indianapolis Colts' 1998 preseason training camp, but was released just before the team's last cut. He then spent the 1999 season with the Portland Forest Dragons of the Arena Football League.
In addition to his position on the Flames' coaching staff, he works part-time with troubled youth in Lynchburg as a home-based therapist. He also works with an inner-city youth group at Power of God Deliverance Church in Lynchburg.
Josh McDougal, the 2007 NCAA National Cross Country Champion and a 14-time All-American, is in his third season as an assistant coach for Liberty's men's and women's cross country and track & field squads. He primarily coaches the men's distance runners.
During McDougal's two seasons as a full-time assistant cross country coach, he has helped guide the Liberty men's squad to back-to-back Big South Conference titles. The Flames have now won an unprecedented eight consecutive Big South cross country championships since beginning the streak during McDougal's sophomore season on the team. The 2012 Flames then went on to finish seventh at the NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championships, marking the team's best regional placement since 2008.
On the track in 2013, four of McDougal's mid-distance and distance charges combined to win five Big South titles and a pair of IC4A crowns. Isaac Wendland broke McDougal's program record in the 1,500 on his way to qualifying for the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
McDougal also worked with the Flames' distance runners each of the previous three years, prior to joining the staff on a full-time basis. During the 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years, he was a graduate assistant for the track & field and cross country squads. McDougal then served as a volunteer assistant for the 2010 men's and women's cross country teams.
McDougal helped oversee the successful career of Sam Chelanga, who won four NCAA national championships and set the all-time collegiate 10K record at 27:08.39. Additionally, the Liberty men's cross country team won all three Big South titles during McDougal's time as a graduate and volunteer assistant, while the Lady Flames captured two conference crowns.
During his own career, McDougal earned four All-America honors in cross country, seven in indoor track & field and three in outdoor track & field. When he graduated, he owned Liberty's 8K and 10K cross country records, as well as every indoor and outdoor track & field school record from 1,500 meters through 10,000 meters. His outdoor 5,000-meter personal best (13:20.43) made him the sixth-fastest collegiate performer of all-time, at the time.
The pinnacle achievement of the Peru, N.Y., native's college career came on Nov. 19, 2007, when he outkicked Oregon's Galen Rupp to capture the NCAA Division I National Cross Country title by one second. McDougal became the first men's athlete in Liberty history to capture an NCAA Division I national championship and recorded his 23rd victory in 27 collegiate cross country races.
McDougal also won numerous Big South Conference honors during his career, including a trio of Big South Howard Bagwell Male Athlete of the Year distinctions and four Big South Male Track & Field Athlete of the Year awards. A 17-time Big South individual champion, McDougal helped the Flames win 10 Big South team championships during his four years at Liberty.
McDougal enjoyed success at the IC4A meet as well, capturing seven individual event titles. At the 2007 IC4A Outdoor Track & Field Championships, McDougal swept the men's 1,500, 5K and 10K championships for the first time in the meet's 132-year history. His efforts enabled the Flames to earn the IC4A team championship for the first time since 1996.
McDougal graduated from Liberty with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology in 2008. He is currently working toward a master's degree in human services.
McDougal and his wife, Victoria, were married in July 2011 and gave birth to their first son, Declan, in July 2013.
Rebekah Ricksecker, a standout during her career on the Liberty women's cross country and track & field teams, is serving as a full-time assistant cross country and track & field coach for the second year in 2013-14. She primarily works with the Lady Flames' distance runners.
During the 2012 cross country season, the Lady Flames captured the Big South title while placing four runners in the top nine. Jennifer Klugh led the way, winning her third consecutive Big South individual championship. Klugh then went on to qualify for the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championship, becoming the first Lady Flame since 2001 to do so.
Jacy Christiansen captured the 2013 Big South indoor 3K title, marking one of seven All-Big South honors achieved by Liberty women's distance runners on the track last season. A 2-3 finish by Khristina Kanagy and Christiansen in the 5K sealed the Lady Flames' team title at the 2013 Big South Outdoor Championship.
Ricksecker worked as a volunteer assistant for the Liberty men's and women's cross country teams in 2011. She helped guide the men's squad to its seventh consecutive Big South team title and the Lady Flames to a Big South runner-up finish.
Ricksecker, who last competed for the Lady Flames during the 2010 indoor and outdoor track & field seasons, graduated as one of the most successful female distance runners in program history. The native of Laurel, Del., finished as a five-time Big South individual champion and a 13-time All-Big South performer in cross country and track & field.
Three of Ricksecker's five individual crowns came during her final year as a Lady Flame (2009-10), playing a key role in Liberty's first-ever men's and women's cross country/track & field Big South Conference "Double Triple."
Ricksecker is the only women's runner in conference history ever to win a trio of 1,500-meter run titles at the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships. At the 2010 Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships, she became the first Lady Flame ever to win both the women's mile and 3K titles at the same conference meet.
Ricksecker owns a pair of school records, in the indoor 4 x 800 relay and outdoor distance medley relay. She earned all-region honors with an 11th-place finish at the 2008 NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Cross Country Championships. Ricksecker then closed out her collegiate career by running the 1,500 at the 2010 NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet.
Ricksecker was also a standout in the classroom, graduating in 2009 with a 3.95 grade-point average in elementary education. As a result, she earned multiple academic honors. Ricksecker was a three-time ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection for women's cross country/track & field. She was also the Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year for both women's indoor and outdoor track & field in 2010. Ricksecker then graduated with a master's degree in English from Liberty in December 2011.
Ricksecker's younger brother David Ricksecker wrapped up his time on the Liberty men's cross country and track & field teams in 2013, capturing the Big South men's 10K championship as a senior. They are the only brother/sister duo in program history to both earn All-Big South recognition in cross country.
Daniel Newell, a standout decathlete during his time on the Liberty track & field team, is serving on the Liberty track & field staff for the fourth year overall and second season as director of operations.
During his inaugural year as director of operations, Newell played a major role in preparing for Liberty's hosting of the 2013 Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
In 2011, Newell coached multi-event standouts Geren Woodbridge and Christina Mitchell. Woodbridge swept the Big South and IC4A decathlon titles, while Mitchell captured both the Big South and ECAC heptathlon crowns.
Additionally, Liberty's men's and women's long and triple jumpers combined to win five Big South titles during the 2011 indoor and outdoor seasons.
Newell is just two years removed from a stellar career as a Liberty track & field student-athlete. He capped off his tenure with the Flames in style, competing in the decathlon at the 2009 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Newell placed 16th at the meet with a career-high 7,302 points, moving up to No. 9 on Liberty's all-time decathlon performance list.
A big meet performer, Newell is one of only three Liberty athletes (also Brandon Hoskins and Woodbridge) to sweep the Big South and IC4A decathlons in the same season. The Roanoke, Va., native pulled off the feat in back-to-back years, 2008 and 2009.
Newell also excelled indoors. His winning heptathlon score of 5,346 at the 2009 Liberty Open ranks second in Liberty and Big South Conference history. That same season, he helped the Flames win the 4 x 400 relay at the Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Newell earned numerous academic accolades as a senior, featuring third-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America recognition. He was a member of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Team and the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) Academic All-State Team. Newell was also voted the Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men's indoor track & field.
Newell completed his bachelor's degree in English in 2008. He then remained at Liberty to earn a master's degree in English, concluding his studies in 2010.
After making significant improvement in the pole vault during his time on Liberty's track & field team, Kolby Shepherd is working with the Flames' current group of pole vaulters as a volunteer assistant coach for the second season in 2013-14.
Last year, Shepherd helped coach redshirt freshman Cody Bingham to a sweep of the Big South indoor and outdoor men's pole vault titles and a berth in the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet. Bingham led the Flames' 1-2-3-4 sweep of the top placements in the Big South outdoor men's pole vault final.
Shepherd, who arrived at Liberty in the fall of 2007 with a modest pole vault personal best of 14-0, capped his collegiate career in style at the 2012 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. He made a first-attempt clearance at a new school-record height of 17-8.5, tying for fifth place and earning first team All-America honors.
Shepherd is one of the most highly-decorated pole vaulters in Big South Conference history, winning seven Big South pole vault titles (four indoor, three outdoor). His 17-8.5 clearance also tied the Big South all-time record for the men's pole vault.
A Dublin, Ga., native, Shepherd graduated from Liberty in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in biblical studies. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in youth ministry.
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Liberty head women's basketball coach Carey Green has instilled quite a winning tradition during his tenure with the Lady Flames. His teams have averaged 24 victories per year, while becoming a regular fixture in the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship.
Green has accumulated a 337-110 record in 14 seasons on the Liberty bench, good for a winning percentage of .754. He currently ranks 10th among active NCAA Division I women's basketball coaches in winning percentage, ahead of renowned coaches like Rutgers' C. Vivian Stringer, North Carolina's Sylvia Hatchell and Notre Dame's Muffet McGraw.
More importantly, Liberty has won the Big South Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament 12 times with Green as head coach. Liberty has totaled 23 or more victories during 11 of those years, including the 2004-05 season, which saw the Lady Flames reach the Sweet 16 for the first time in program history.
Green has actually been to the postseason on 25 occasions as a women's basketball coach, a span which includes a dozen years as an assistant coach at Clemson. In all but two of the 25 appearances, he has experienced the NCAA Tournament.
Green extended his string of postseason appearances in 2012-13 by guiding the Lady Flames to their second consecutive NCAA Tournament. Liberty also notched its 12th 20-win season in his 14 years at the helm, finishing at 27-7. For the fourth time in his career, Green was named the VaSID (Virginia Sports Information Directors) State Coach of the Year.
Rebounding has always been a trademark of Green-coached teams, and the 2012-13 Lady Flames were arguably the best rebounding team he has ever directed. Liberty outrebounded opponents by an average of 16.9 caroms per game, leading the nation in the category for the fifth time and setting a new program and Big South Conference record.
The Lady Flames have now been listed among the nation's top five teams in rebounding margin for 11 straight years. Liberty previously led the nation in the category in 2003-04, 2004-05, 2009-10 and 2011-12.
Speaking of rebounding, Avery Warley wrapped up her career in 2011-12 as the leading rebounder in Liberty and Big South Conference history with 1,282 rebounds. She then became Liberty's third WNBA player, making the Phoenix Mercury's roster as an undrafted free agent.
In 2008-09, Green earned his unprecedented fifth Big South Coach of the Year award, after guiding a team decimated by ACL injuries to a 24-9 record and another Big South title.
At season's end, Green saw his second player selected in the WNBA Draft, as Megan Frazee was taken in the second round by the San Antonio Silver Stars. She then played part of her rookie season alongside 2005 Liberty alum Katie (Feenstra) Mattera in San Antonio.
In 2007-08, Green led the Lady Flames to one of the best seasons in program history. Liberty tied a school record for victories, finishing the year 28-4. Along the way, the Lady Flames captured three tournament titles—the National City Xavier Invitational, the UNLV Lady Rebel Christmas Classic and the Big South Championship.
The 2005-06 season represented one of the best coaching jobs of Green's career. The Lady Flames had lost the top four scorers from the previous year's Sweet 16 squad to graduation. Moreover, freshman Megan Frazee averaged 18.5 points and 9.8 rebounds per game through the first 14 games of her collegiate career, only to be lost for the remainder of the season due to injury. Yet, Liberty was still able to win 25 games, capture its 10th straight Big South title and earn its 10th consecutive NCAA Tournament berth.
Green's efforts were recognized by both the Big South Conference and VaSID. Both groups named Green as their women's basketball coach of the year at season's end. It marked Green's second straight selection as VaSID Coach of the Year.
A key late-season conference victory over High Point in 2006 made Green the winningest coach in Big South Conference history. He is also Liberty's career wins leader.
The 2004-05 year was a special one on Liberty Mountain, for many reasons. A senior-laden Lady Flames team recorded upset wins over No. 4 seed Penn State (78-70) and No. 5 seed DePaul (88-79) in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, becoming just the second team ever to advance to the Sweet 16 as a No. 13 seed. The Lady Flames ended the season with their highest national ranking to date, 21st (USA Today/ESPN).
Even with all his accolades, Green is not yet satisfied. The native of Louisville, Tenn., located just outside of Knoxville, knows there's work yet to be done with the Lady Flames.
"We have some tremendous challenges ahead of us and I believe the team will be up to those challenges," Green said. "I am pleased with the direction and progress of our program but of course, I, as well as the team, have higher aspirations, goals and expectations."
Green's track record shows he has the ability to meet those challenges. The Lady Flames have recorded two wins over UNLV, Virginia and West Virginia and solo victories over No. 19 DePaul, No. 17 Kansas State, No. 25 Penn State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest during Green's tenure. The upset victory over No. 25 Virginia in 2002 marked Liberty's first win over a Top 25 team.
His record against conference foes is equally impressive. He led the Lady Flames on a Big South record 57-game winning streak (Jan. 24, 2002 through Feb. 21, 2005) and currently owns a .907 (225-23) winning percentage against conference teams. Green has marched through Big South Conference play with one or fewer setbacks seven times, while guiding the Lady Flames to two undefeated conference seasons.
The Lady Flames have not only gotten the job done on the hardwood under Green's tutelage, but have also excelled in the classroom. Liberty has ranked in the top 15 nationally for team GPA four times during Green's 14 seasons at the helm. Liberty was 13th during his first season (1999-2000), tied for 14th in 2005-06, a program-best seventh in 2006-07 and 14th in 2007-08.
When Green came to Liberty, he was faced with a daunting task in his first year as a Division I head coach. Taking over the reins of a program with three-consecutive conference crowns in its trophy case, Green's role became the hunted rather than the hunter. Beginning with his arrival on June 8, 1999, Green took on the role as the favorite and accomplished what no Big South Conference school had ever done, taking Liberty to its fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament.
Green arrived at Liberty after spending 12 years as an assistant at Clemson. While with the Tigers, Green participated in 11 NCAA Tournaments, making four Sweet 16 appearances and one trip to the Elite Eight, in 1991.
The Tigers were ranked in the Top 25 during 10 of his 12 years and averaged 22 wins per season. Green had an immediate impact in his first season, as he helped guide Clemson to the ACC's best turnaround in league history. The Tigers posted a 21-7 record in 1988 after a 7-21 record the previous season.
Clemson made five appearances in the ACC Tournament championship game with Green's assistance, winning the title during the 1995-96 and 1998-99 seasons. He helped coach 15 all-conference players, four Kodak All-District performers and one Kodak All-American. Clemson also recorded 45 wins over Top 25 programs during the 12 seasons Green was stationed at "Death Valley."
Prior to his days at Clemson, Green was the head men's and women's basketball coach at Jackson State Community College in Jackson, Tenn., for three seasons. In 1986, he was named the Tennessee Junior College Athletic Association Coach of the Year.
From 1982 to 1984, Green was the head women's basketball coach at Rockwood High School after serving as the head men's basketball coach at Coalfield High School the previous season. Green got his coaching start as assistant men's and women's basketball coach at Roane State Community College in Harriman, Tenn., from 1979 to 1981.
"The reason we are here at Liberty is to develop not only a winning tradition at the national level, but champions in all areas of life," Green remarked. "I am so excited to observe our players' development and achievements. I am thrilled our team's GPA regularly ranks among the nation's leaders. This is evidence of our goal to have a ‘whole program,' neglecting no area of our players' development.
"My personal goal is a ‘50-year program,' one that develops women of excellence who impact the world for the next 50 years," continued Green. "It's exciting because our entire Liberty family assists me with that same goal. The University is growing, as is our basketball program, and I am excited to be here during this growth period.
"I hope to fulfill the dream and the vision that both Dr. Falwell and our current administration have shared with me," Green summarized. "They want our University to be THE Division I NCAA Christian University everyone looks toward in the United States. In my opinion, that means we need to be a Top 20 team. In order to do that, I believe we need to continue to find the many quality student-athletes who are out there playing and bring them to our campus. Once they visit our campus, they will experience the excitement and enthusiasm here at Liberty University."
Green leaves little doubt that he, his staff and the players will be striving for excellence on and off the basketball court.
He and his wife, Denise, reside in the Lynchburg area and have two children, Angie and Brian. Angie is married to Jason Grunkemeyer, a men's basketball assistant coach at Ball State, and the couple has two children, Joshua David, who will turn six during the season, and Nathan Jason, who will celebrate his fourth birthday this season. Brian is currently working as an engineer at Fluor Corporation, in Greenville, S.C.
Alexis Sherard is in his seventh season as an assistant coach on the Lady Flames' coaching staff. He serves as the team's recruiting coordinator and assists with game strategies and player development.
Sherard has earned Big South championship rings during five of his first six years with the Lady Flames. Liberty has averaged more than 25 wins per season over the past six years, making five NCAA Tournament appearances and one trip to the Postseason WNIT Tournament.
Sherard, who coaches the Lady Flames' post players, oversaw the development of 2012 graduate Avery Warley. She graduated as the leading rebounder in Liberty and Big South Conference history and then began a WNBA career with the Phoenix Mercury in 2012. Additionally, Liberty has led the nation in rebound margin three times (2009-10, 2011-12 and 2012-13) during Sherard's tenure with the Lady Flames.
Sherard joined the Lady Flames' staff after spending the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons working as an assistant for the Liberty men's basketball team. He also served as the Flames' director of recruiting and aided in post player development.
"Being part of Coach Green's program has been a great experience," stated Sherard. "The Lady Flames and Liberty University truly train Champions for Christ. I'm blessed to be part of this winning tradition."
Sherard came to Liberty after six years of service on Pete Gillen's men's basketball staff at Virginia. Sherard joined the Cavaliers' program in 1999 as the director of basketball operations, serving in this capacity from 1999 to 2002, as well as the 2003-04 season.
During the 2002-03 and 2004-05 seasons, Sherard served as an assistant coach, where he aided in Virginia's recruiting efforts, while assisting in practice planning, game preparation, bench coaching and opponent scouting. Sherard helped guide the Cavaliers to the NCAA Tournament in 2001, as Virginia finished the season with a 20-9 record and was ranked as high as No. 6 in the country. He was also a part of two Cavalier squads which qualified for the NIT Tournament (2000 and 2002). The 2002 squad finished fourth in the event.
Sherard got his coaching career started at Saint Michael's College in Colchester, Vt., where he served as an assistant coach from 1993 to 1995. He assisted the head coach in practice preparation, skill instruction and recruiting. During the 1995-96 campaign, Sherard served as the head boys varsity basketball coach and Dean of Admissions at Lakewood Prep School in Howell, N.J., where he led his team to a 15-7 record and the semifinals of the playoffs.
From 1996-98, Sherard was the administrative assistant at Providence, where he helped guide the Friars to the NIT in 1998 with an 18-12 record and to the "Elite Eight" round of the 1997 NCAA Tournament, as Providence finished the season with a 24-12 overall record.
Prior to joining the staff at Virginia, Sherard served as the assistant coach at Binghamton during the 1998-99 season and was responsible for the Bearcats' recruiting efforts throughout the East Coast.
"Alexis quickly surpassed our expectations and established himself as an outstanding addition to our staff," Green exclaimed. "He is a great recruiter because he really cares about the players. He also possesses a thorough knowledge of the game of basketball and is a tremendous asset in the development of game strategies. Furthermore, we are most excited about Alexis' character and values."
Sherard graduated with a bachelor's degree in mathematics and education from Saint Michael's in 1993. A member of the Purple Knights basketball team, he was selected to the Northeast 10 Conference All-Defensive team during his junior and senior seasons.
Sherard, who received his master's degree in guidance from Providence in 1998, is a native of Lakewood, N.J., and is married to the former Evangeline Maupin. The couple has four children – Jamea (22), Jai (18), Iyana (8) and Elijah (7).
Andrea "Andy" Bloodworth begins her seventh year as an assistant on the Liberty women's basketball coaching staff. Her responsibilities with the Lady Flames include recruiting, development of the team's perimeter players, scouting and assisting with the organization of summer basketball camps.
Liberty has claimed Big South titles during five of Bloodworth's first six seasons on Liberty Mountain, tallying a 152-46 record in the process.
"It has been a privilege to be a member of the Lady Flames coaching staff the last six years," stated Bloodworth. "We have a tremendous group of young women who are committed to carrying on the tradition of excellence that has been established. Coach Green is a proven winner and it's a blessing to work with such strong role models who live out their faith daily. I'm eager to face the challenges and celebrate the triumphs God has planned for us this year."
Bloodworth previously served as recruiting coordinator for the Valparaiso women's basketball team for two seasons (2005-06 and 2006-07), working with the Crusaders' perimeter players and assisting with scouting. The team went 36-24 during her two seasons as part of the coaching staff, including a 20-win season in 2006-07. Six Crusaders earned All-Mid-Continent Conference recognition during those two seasons.
Prior to her time at Valparaiso, Bloodworth worked for three years on the Gannon women's basketball coaching staff. As an assistant coach, she served as the Golden Knights' recruiting coordinator. Bloodworth also helped develop guard play, coordinated team travel arrangements and assisted with scouting. She was the staff's academic monitor and the team camp coordinator for a squad which won 37 games during her final two seasons and reached the 2005 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title game.
Bloodworth spent the 2000-01 and 2001-02 campaigns as an assistant coach and physical education instructor at Armstrong Atlantic State, under head coach Roger Hodge, himself a Liberty assistant coach from 1997-2000. She helped recruit a class of players which posted a 27-4 record in 2002-03, marking the best single-season turnaround in the NCAA that season (15 games) and qualifying for the postseason for the first time in school history.
Bloodworth's resume also contains a stint as an assistant coach for an Athletes in Action Fall Tour team which played exhibition games around the Midwest in 1999. She was additionally an assistant for the Lake Michigan Community College women's basketball team which placed sixth at the 2000 NJCAA Division II national championships.
Bloodworth got her start in college coaching as an assistant for the 1998-99 Ferris State women's basketball team. The team's head coach was her sister, Tracey Dorow, who is now the head women's basketball coach at Valparaiso.
Her father, Rick Bloodworth, retired in 2006 from a long coaching career, which included 31 years as the head girls' basketball coach at St. Joseph High School in Michigan and 19 years as the head women's basketball coach at Lake Michigan College.
Bloodworth's playing career at Calvin College included a pair of trips to the NCAA Division III regional tournament. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education from Calvin in 1998.
"Andy came to Liberty from a deep-rooted basketball family background, which includes a father and older sister who are both coaches and have had a tremendous amount of influence in shaping her love for the game," remarked head coach Carey Green. "Her energy and enthusiasm made an immediate positive impact on our program. She has established herself as an excellent role model by the caring love she has exhibited to the players."
Bloodworth became an aunt for the first time when Lainie Joy Dorow was born in February 2009 and now has a nephew, Baxter, as well. She resides in Lynchburg with her dog, Honey.
Just over three months after wrapping up her playing career for the Lady Flames, Brittany Campbell was hired as an assistant coach on head coach Carey Green's staff. Campbell is the first former Lady Flame to coach at her alma mater since Tiffany Ratcliff in 1998-99.
Despite being limited to 64 total appearances by injuries during her five seasons on the team (2008-09 through 2012-13), Campbell was looked up to as a leader by her teammates. She served as a rare four-year team captain, helping lead the Lady Flames to a 124-42 record during her career.
"It's Brittany's passion and enthusiasm, along with a thorough knowledge of our basketball program and Liberty University, that qualifies her for the challenge of fitting into the big shoes left by Heather Stephens," Green explained. "She has served in various leadership roles and brings experiences that are relevant to our players."
Campbell finished her career with her best season as a redshirt senior in 2012-13, starting all 34 games for the Big South champion Lady Flames. She averaged 5.7 ppg and shot a team-best 43.2 percent (38-of-88) from three-point range.
The native of nearby Rustburg, Va., posted 10.0 ppg and shot 57.1 percent (8-of-14) from beyond the three-point arc, helping Liberty capture the 2013 Big South Championship title. As a result, Campbell was named to the Big South All-Tournament team.
Campbell also earned a spot on the Big South All-Academic team as a redshirt senior, as well as her fifth consecutive appearance on the Big South Presidential Honor Roll. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology in May 2011 and is on track to complete her master's degree in professional counseling in December.
Sarah Boruta is in her third season on the Liberty women's basketball staff as director of operations. In that role, she is responsible for the daily operations of the program, including the logistics of game-day management, coordination of managers' duties, team travel arrangements, scheduling of games and equipment coordination.
Boruta serves as director for the Lady Flames' summer camps and also oversees some of the team's outreach activities. These include postgame clinics and community service events, such as the Reading Buddies program and Best Field Trip Ever Day.
Before arriving at Liberty, Boruta spent three years (2008-09 through 2009-11) at Stanford, where she was promoted from video intern to director of basketball communication and video. She also previously spent three years (2005-06 through 2007-08) as the director of women's basketball operations at Ferris State.
"I came to Liberty seeking for a new opportunity and challenge," stated Boruta. "I enjoy working for a program and campus that shares my Christian beliefs."
"We are excited to have someone with such character as Sarah who is driven to honor God with the skills and talents she has been given," added Green. "She has established herself as an excellent worker, serving those around her in an exceptional way."
Boruta served in many different roles at Stanford, including coordinating team travel and video exchange. She also spearheaded the team's social media efforts, as well as the Cardinal's game-day promotions and group events. While Boruta was at Stanford, the Cardinal saw an 18 percent increase in overall attendance and a 340 percent increase in student attendance.
At Ferris State, Boruta organized the Bulldogs' summer camps and clinics, while coordinating video exchange. She also designed marketing and promotional materials for the team.
Boruta has worked with some successful teams, including three straight Stanford squads which reached the Final Four of the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship. The 2009-10 Cardinal finished as national runner-up. Additionally, the 2006-07 Ferris State team won a school-record 23 games and advanced to the NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Championship's Sweet 16 round.
Boruta owns a trio of degrees, including both an associate's degree in visual design and web media (2006) and a bachelor's degree in graphic design (2008) from Ferris State. She went on to earn a master's degree in sport management from California (Pa.) in 2010 and is currently working toward an MBA at Liberty.
Katie Garlick is in her fourth year serving as the Lady Flames' office administrator. In this role, she is responsible for a number of duties, including the team's budget, intercampus relations and Coach Green's daily schedule.
Garlick attended Liberty as an undergraduate, serving as an English tutor and holding membership in Phi Alpha Theta (history honor society). She graduated in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in social science.
Garlick then served two years as an administrative assistant in Liberty's Office of Student Leadership, before joining the Lady Flames' staff in August 2010.
"Growing up, athletics was a major part of my life," noted Garlick. "My dad coached my teams, and is currently a high school softball coach. I love athletics and am thrilled to be involved with the women's basketball team. This is an exciting place to work, and I am surrounded by a great coaching staff and a wonderful group of players."
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Kelly Nangle was named the second head coach in the history of Liberty's women's lacrosse program on June 21, 2013.
Nangle has spent the last two seasons at Central Connecticut State, helping the Blue Devils reach new heights during her two years in New Britain, Conn. She posted a 16-18 overall record and a 12-6 mark in Northeast Conference action.
Two years ago, Nangle helped Central Connecticut State tie a program record with seven victories, while setting new program standards with five NEC victories and six home wins. Nangle was recognized for her efforts, as she was named the 2012 NEC Coach of the Year and her senior keeper Erin DeLancey was selected the NEC Goalkeeper of the Year.
This past season, Nangle's squad finished second in the NEC with a 7-2 conference record. The Blue Devils made their first-ever appearance in the NEC Championship, advancing to the semifinal round.
Central Connecticut State posted a 9-9 overall record in 2012, surpassing the previous school record for overall wins. Six of Nangle's players earned All-NEC honors, which dramatically increased the program's record for all-conference honorees. Central Connecticut State had 11 total previous all-conference honorees in program history.
Prior to her head coaching position at Central Connecticut State, Nangle spent three years as an assistant coach at Rutgers (2009-11). She oversaw the Scarlet Knights' defense, while assisting with recruiting efforts and overseeing Rutgers team academics.
Rutgers posted a 27-21 record during her three seasons in Piscataway, N.J., maintaining a presence in the national rankings each year. The Scarlett Knights' defense improved each season under Nangle, spotlighted by a second-place finish in goals against average in the Big East during her final season with the program (9.06 in 2011).
In 2008, Nangle served as the head coach at St. John's Catholic Prep in Frederick, Md. She helped the Vikings increase their win total by four times during her once season, as St. John's Catholic was winless the year prior to her arrival. Two of her players earned all-conference honors, while two additional players received all-county recognition.
Nangle got her start in coaching at Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg, Md., as a volunteer assistant coach in 2007. During her one year on staff with her alma mater, she worked specifically with The Mount's defensive units.
Nangle graduated from Mount St. Mary's in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in business with a marketing concentration.
During her time on the field with the Mountaineers, Nangle was a four-time All-NEC selection, including first-team honors one year.
The standout defender currently ranks second in Mount St. Mary's history in career ground balls (204), fourth in caused turnovers (116) and 16th in draw controls (65).
Following her senior season, Nangle was selected to play in the Division I North/South All-Star Game.
Nangle was the recipient of the John M. Kolon award, given to a Mount St. Mary's student-athlete who embodies hard work and dedication and has earned the respect and admiration of fellow athletes and coaches.
Nangle was also a member of Mount St. Mary's "40 for 40" class, a distinguished group of former female student-athletes that have left their mark with The Mount, as well as following graduation.
During her time at Mount St. Mary's, Nangle was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Captain Leadership Board.
In addition to her collegiate involvement in lacrosse, Nangle has served as the head coach at Ultimate NJ and Girls Club teams.
She has also worked numerous camps and clinics, including Maximum Exposure Lacrosse (2010-present), C2 Lacrosse Camp (2002-05), Rapid Fire Lacrosse Camp (2006) and Top215 (2012-present).
Liberty Lacrosse Head Coach Kelly Nangle has announced the addition of Annie McGinley to her staff as an assistant coach. McGinley comes to the Hill City after playing at attacker for Rutgers.
"I am thrilled to welcome Annie into our Liberty family," Nangle stated. "Her energy and passion for the sport of lacrosse is going to have an incredible impact on our student-athletes. Annie's knowledge of the game and her experience as a player is going to be instrumental in developing our attackers. I am very excited to have her on the sidelines with me as we work to take this program to new heights."
McGinley closed out her playing career at Rutgers in 2013 with 60 goals, 43 assists, 103 points and 47 ground balls. After being sidelined during the 2011 season due to a knee injury, the New Jersey native returned with a career-best 17-goal, 15-assist effort the following year. This past season, McGinley recorded 15 goals, including a three-tally performance against No. 7 Notre Dame on March 22. The attacker followed up the hat trick with multi-goal performances against Marquette, Connecticut, No. 5 Syracuse and Villanova (March 24-April 13).
"I am extremely honored and excited to have been given the opportunity to coach women's lacrosse at Liberty University," McGinley said. "I have always been very passionate about the sport of lacrosse and could not be more thrilled to continue this passion in the next chapter of my life. I am eager to coach a group of young girls who share the same beliefs and values as I do. I hope to inspire and influence this group of girls both on and off the field."
Prior to playing at Rutgers, McGinley was a 2008 US Lacrosse High School All-American, finishing her time at Moorestown High School with 184 goals and 117 assists. Upon joining the Scarlet Knights, McGinley learned under the tutelage of Nangle, who spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Rutgers (2009-11). During the 2010 season, the pair was instrumental in helping the Scarlet Knights post an 11-5 overall record.
"No words could express my excitement working under head coach, Kelly Nangle," McGinley added. "Having had her as a coach myself, I know that her passion and enthusiasm for both the sport and her players will bring a new dynamic to this program that I am excited to be a part of."
Liberty lacrosse head coach Kelly Nangle announced the hiring of Meghan Harkey as an assistant coach on Aug. 23, 2013, rounding out the first-year coach's staff. Harkey, who spent the past two seasons as a graduate assistant under former head coach Regan Denham, will now be a full-time member of the Liberty coaching staff.
In 2013, Harkey helped guide the Lady Flames to their highest win total (8) in program history. Liberty notched a 4-3 record in conference play, reaching the semifinals of the inaugural Big South Women's Lacrosse Championship. A quartet of players earned postseason conference honors, including Jen Freymond who was tabbed to the first team.
A native of Purcellville, Va., Harkey competed collegiately for four seasons at Christopher Newport while earning her degree in communication studies. She earned a variety of accolades as a CNU Captain, beginning with the honor of USA South Conference Rookie of the Year in 2008. She also garnered USA South first team all-conference and USA South All-Tournament team honors in 2008, and repeated the selections each of the next three seasons.
Harkey added second team all-region honors to her list of awards in 2010 and 2011 and served as team captain in 2011. She left her mark on CNU's record books, ending her career as the program leader in points (343) and assists (149). During her junior campaign, she posted the program record for points in a season with 105 (59 goals, 46 assists).
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On July 2, 2008, Jessica Hain was named the sixth head women's soccer coach of the Liberty Lady Flames' soccer program.
During her second year at Liberty in 2009, Hain's squad experienced one of the biggest single-season turnarounds in program history, capturing the Big South regular-season title and closing out the year with a 9-7-3 record (6-1-2 BSC). As a result of her team's performance during the regular season, Hain earned Big South Coach of the Year Honors.
Hain came to Liberty after three seasons with the Charlotte Lady Eagles of the United States (USL) W-League, the premier women's soccer league in the United States, as an assistant to head coach Lee Horton. With the club, Hain was responsible for recruiting players for the team, implementing training sessions, running camps and clinics and coaching, training and teaching sports ministry, both in the United States and in Brazil.
In final season in Charlotte, Hain helped the Lady Eagles to a second-place finish in the Atlantic Division standings and into the Eastern Conference playoffs with an 11-2-1 mark. The squad's roster included former Liberty standout goalkeeper Sonia Rodriguez, who was a Lady Flame from 2001-05.
The year prior, Hain was the head coach of the W-League's Carolina Dynamo. She was the youngest and only female coach in the Atlantic Division.
Hain also has coached internationally. While serving as a missionary in Brazil, she was the co-head coach of the Cotia Women's Professional Soccer team based in Sao Paulo in 2007. The team played both outdoors and futsal, five-a-side soccer played indoors.
From 2004-06, Hain was an assistant coach under Todd Bramble at Clemson. Each of her three seasons with the Lady Tigers, Clemson received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, reaching the quarterfinals in her final season in 2006. In her three seasons at Clemson, the Lady Tigers recorded a 40-25-9 mark.
Hain began her coaching career at Delaware in 2001, serving as an assistant until 2003, when she became an assistant at Creighton for one season.
She has been both a staff coach and state coach in the Olympic Development Program (ODP). Hain was a coach with the New Jersey ODP Under-17 Girls State team from 2002-03 and was both a staff and state coach with the Nebraska state program from 2003-04.
During her time with the Nebraska program, she was a staff coach with the Region II ODP, identifying top youth players from within a 12-state region, and coached the Nebraska ODP U-17 Girls state team.
Hain graduated cum laude from N.C. State with a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1999. She also received a master's degree in educational leadership at Delaware in 2003.
A four-year letterwinner in the collegiate ranks, Hain played two years in the midfield at Ohio State (1995-96) and two seasons at N.C. State (1997-98). She was a three-time National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) of America Scholar-Athlete from 1995-97 and earned Academic All-ACC honors in 1998.
She competed at the semi-professional level in the W-League from 1996-2002 for the Charlotte Speed, Raleigh Wings and New Jersey Wildcats.
A native of High Point, N.C., Hain is married to Frank Hain and the couple resides in Lynchburg with their son, Samuel.
Laura Armstrong began her coaching career at Liberty as a graduate assistant on Aug. 1, 2009 and was promoted to assistant coach before the start of the 2011 season. Armstrong works primarily with the team's goalkeepers.
"We are blessed to have Laura a part of the Liberty family," commented head coach Jessica Hain. "She is a tremendous goalkeeper with a heart to use soccer as a platform to shine for Christ. She is a determined, positive role model and will provide incredible leadership for our young women here at Liberty."
Armstrong, a 2007 graduate of South Carolina, competed for four years for the Gamecocks and was named to the 2006 SEC All-Tournament Team. In addition, she was a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Armstrong was also the starting goalkeeper for the Charlotte Lady Eagles, a W-League team, in 2007 and 2008. During that time, she posted 20 career wins, moving into third place on the organization's all-time wins list.
The native of Greenwood, S.C., currently resides in Lynchburg.
Adam Godwin joins Jessica Hain's staff for the 2013 season, returning to a familiar program as an assistant coach. Godwin begins his second stint as an assistant women's soccer coach after serving five years as a member of the Liberty Flames football program's support staff.
Upon rejoining the women's soccer program, Godwin brings with him 12 years of involvement with Liberty athletics as a student-athlete, alumnus, support staff member and an assistant coach.
During his stint with the football program as the Assistant Director of Operations and Recruiting, Godwin worked closely with the coaching staff across all areas of recruiting, while assisting Paul Rutigliano, Assistant AD for Football Operations, in the day-to-day operations of the program.
Godwin previously served as an assistant coach with Liberty's women's soccer program for two years (2006-07). In his duties, he was responsible for day-to-day operations of the program, recruiting, supporting the academic and compliance staff and fundraising through the Flames Club.
Godwin was responsible for recruiting the top ranked recruiting class in 2008 among Big South programs as named by SoccerBuzz.com. He helped the program achieve an APR score that ranked within the top five percent of all NCAA women's soccer programs and coached six all-conference selections.
As a student-athlete, Godwin made 70 appearances for the Flames men's soccer program, helping them to the Big South championship game in 2001. The defender scored one goal and tallied four assists during his four-year career (2001-04).
During his senior year, Godwin served as a team captain and earned Big South first team all-conference honors, as well as Big South all-tournament and VaSID second team all-state distinctions.
Godwin's performances for Liberty during his final year helped him earn an invitation to try out for Great Britain's U23 team, as well as professionally with Cheltenham Town Football Club in his hometown of Hereford, England. Godwin also served as the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.) president during his senior year at Liberty.
Upon graduating from Liberty in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in sport management, Godwin took up a position with sport hospitality giant THG Worldwide, as an International Account Executive, generating $87,000 in sales during his nine months with the company.
THG Worldwide provides sports hospitality for some of the world's largest companies to events, such as the Super Bowl, Masters, World Cup and Olympic Games. Headquartered in London, England, the company holds 50 offices in 34 different countries.
Adam and his wife, Morgaine, who works in the Academic Affairs for Athletics office, currently reside in the Lynchburg area.
Women's Swimming & Diving
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Liberty University Director of Athletics Jeff Barber announced the hiring of Jake Shellenberger as the department's first-ever head women's swimming coach on July 29, 2009. Since that time, Shellenberger has set about building the Lady Flames into a strong contender in the pool.
After placing sixth out of 13 teams as a first-year program in the 2011 CCSA Championships, Liberty took second place during the 2012 conference meet, bringing team and individual accolades. Shellenberger was named 2012 CCSA Coach of the Year for guiding the Lady Flames to a four-place improvement over the previous season, while Brye Ravettine earned CCSA Swimmer of the Year and Swimmer of the Meet honors.
Liberty posted its second runner-up finish in a row, taking second place at the 2013 CCSA Swimming & Diving Championships. During the meet, Liberty had six total event victories (four individual, two relays) and 20 podium finishes (16 individual, four relays). The Lady Flames set five conference records, five meet records and 13 program records.
The Lady Flames earned their first national ranking in program history during the 2012-13 season, being ranked No. 37 in the Endless Pools/CollegeSwimming.com Top 25.
Freshman Jess Reinhardt was named the 2013 CCSA Women's Freshman of the Meet, winning both the 100 fly and 200 fly, both in conference record time at the CCSA Championships. She then went on to compete in the 100 fly at the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships.
During Liberty's first three years as a program, the team already has an All-American, as Ravettine placed 13th in the 50 free at the 2012 NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships. The Lady Flames also have won nine individual events at the CCSA Championships while fielding 26 individual conference medal-winning swims. Liberty's 200 free relay and 400 free relay hold the CCSA records, with the 200 free relay earning B cuts in both 2012 and 2013.
Ravettine was listed on the Mid-Major All-America list by CollegeSwimming.com during 2011 and 2012, while Cori Gary was named to the honorable mention team in 2012. In addition, the 2011-12 recruiting class received mention on CollegeSwimming.com.
The Lady Flames have also competed on the national stage, including USA Swimming Nationals and Winter Nationals, in addition to the Olympic Trials. Ravettine placed 17th in the 50-meter free at the 2011 USA Swimming Winter National Championships, qualifying her for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. Ravettine, Laura Day and Reinhardt all competed in Olympic Trials during 2012. Most recently, Emilie Kaufman and Day qualified for finals in the 100-meter breaststroke at the 2013 U.S. Open, with Kaufman taking 13th place overall.
Liberty went 12-2 during the 2011-12 regular season, including 9-1 against CCSA opponents. At the conference meet, Ravettine won the 50 free in a CCSA-record 22.19, in addition to the 100 free, while Bethany Wakeley won the 100 fly.
The 2010-11 campaign saw redshirt freshman Ravettine earn CCSA Co-Freshman of the Meet accolades, as she placed second in both the 50 and 100 free and scored in several relays at the CCSA Championships. Liberty's 200 and 400 freestyle relays both placed third at the conference meet.
Prior to joining the Liberty staff, Shellenberger served as an assistant coach on Penn State's men's and women's swimming and diving coaching staff. During his three-year stint with the Nittany Lions, Shellenberger worked primarily with Penn State's male and female sprinters.
While at Penn State, Shellenberger instructed 15 NCAA qualifiers, 13 school record holders, eight NCAA All-America honorable-mention performers, two Olympic Trials finalists, two NCAA All-Americans and the Nittany Lions' first-ever individual national champion (Pat Schirk/2008 national champion in the men's 200 backstroke).
Besides writing and directing Penn State's dryland and yearly plyometric and strength programs, Shellenberger focused on the Nittany Lions' recruiting efforts. His first recruiting class at Penn State was ranked No. 21 nationally by CollegeSwimming.com, while his second was listed at No. 15.
During the summer of 2007, Shellenberger served as a volunteer assistant coach at Arizona, where he worked under Arizona head coach and USA Olympic coach Frank Busch and Rick DeMont, the Wildcats' world-renowned sprint coach.
Prior to his days at Penn State and Arizona, Shellenberger got his collegiate coaching start as the head women's swimming coach at Millersville University in 2006. He also gained valuable coaching experience as an assistant coach under Pete Clark at the Trident Swim Club in Lancaster, Pa., and as an assistant coach under Donnie Miller at Chambersburg Area Senior High School.
Shellenberger graduated from Shippensburg University with a Bachelor of Arts in history in December 2005, while receiving a minor in coaching. He was a four-year member of the Raiders' swimming program, captaining the team during the 2004-05 season.
Shellenberger is a former certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) and a former member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
During the summer of 2012, Shellenberger married the former Lorin Milotta, and the couple resides in Forest, Va.
Jessica Barnes joined the Liberty staff as an assistant swimming coach, becoming the first assistant coach in program history, as the 2010-11 women's swimming team completed its inaugural campaign.
Barnes has been instrumental in recruiting and training. The recruiting class for 2011-12 received mention from CollegeSwimming.com for deepening its talent pool with a large class.
During her first season, she helped lead the Lady Flames to a 7-9 overall record and a sixth-place finish at the CCSA Championships. Liberty followed up with a 12-2 record in 2011-12, improving to second place at the conference meet. The Liberty coaching staff was honored when head coach Jake Shellenberger was named 2012 CCSA Swimming Coach of the Year.
The 2012-13 edition of the Lady Flames followed up with another second-place finish at the conference meet. The Lady Flames earned their first national ranking in program history during the season, being ranked No. 37 in the Endless Pools/CollegeSwimming.com Top 25.
Brye Ravettine earned CCSA Co-Freshman of the Meet and Mid-Major All-America honorable mention honors in 2011. Ravettine, along with Bethany Wakeley, earned qualifying times for the 2011 USA Swimming National Championships.
In 2012, Ravettine was named CCSA Swimmer of the Year and Swimmer of the Meet, and became Liberty's first swimming All-American and first Lady Flame to compete in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in swimming.
Jess Reinhardt won the 100 fly and 200 fly at the 2013 CCSA Swimming & Diving Championships, earning Freshman of the Meet honors. She went on to compete in the 100 fly at the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships.
Barnes, who won two Big Ten team titles as an athlete for Penn State, came to Liberty from Rutgers, where she served as an assistant coach. During her time with the Scarlet Knights, she coordinated all aspects of recruiting and developed a training plan for the sprinters. Her 2010 recruiting class at Rutgers earned honorable mention status from CollegeSwimming.com.
Prior to coaching at Rutgers, Barnes worked as an assistant high school swim coach for the State College Area School District in State College, Pa. While there, she designed and implemented a training program for sprinters, and coached the third-place finisher in the 50-freestyle event at the 2009 PIAA State Championship meet.
As a competitive swimmer, Barnes was a two-time honorable mention All-American in the 800 freestyle relay, a two-time NCAA Academic All-American and a three-time Big Ten Academic all-conference member. She was also a Big Ten second team selection for the 800 freestyle relay in 2006, and won the Nittany Lion Award for Most Improved in 2007.
Barnes earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Penn State in 2007, where she was a seven-time Dean's List honoree. In May 2012, she received a Master of Education - Teaching and Learning in Special Education from Liberty.
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