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Charlie SkalaskiRecruiting Coordinator/Wide Receivers Coach
College: Florida ('78)
Start Date: March, 2003
Charlie Skalaski enters his seventh season as a member of the Flames' coaching staff. After coaching the tight ends in 2003, he transitioned to his current position as wide receivers coach, while also serving as the program's Director of Football Development from 2003 to 2005.
Skalaski was named Recruiting Coordinator in 2006 after earning a reputation as a top-notch recruiter for Liberty's highly successful efforts in the state of Florida. His expertise and passion for recruiting are evident when looking at Liberty's excellent recruiting classes the past several years.
While continuing to enjoy success in Florida and becoming a force in their home state of Virginia, the Flames have expanded their recruiting efforts to a truly global effort. In addition to the national representation that Liberty has on its roster, there is an international presence with players signed from Canada and Germany the last several years.
Based on the wide receivers production over the last four years, Skalaski is earning another reputation, that of an excellent coach. In 2005, he was instrumental in helping two of Liberty's younger receivers record stellar seasons as Brandon Turner (594 yards) and Wynton Jackson (511 yards) posted the fourth and fifth most receiving yards in school history by sophomore receivers. Turner was honored as a Big South second-team all-conference selection.
Skalaski continued to guide the successful tandem of Jackson and Turner in 2006, with Turner named an all-conference wide receiver for a second consecutive season and Jackson named to the team as a return specialist. Jackson led the team with 40 receptions and Turner caught 39 passes for 604 yards, the second-most receiving yards by a wide out over the last 13 years at Liberty.
In 2007 the production continued to climb as Skalaski's wide receivers caught 19 touchdown passes, helping the Flames shatter the school and conference scoring record (469 points/42.6 per game), while ranking No. 3 nationally in scoring.
The trifecta of Jackson, Turner and Dominic Bolden combined to record nearly 70 percent of Liberty's receiving yards, while hauling in 15 touchdowns. Jackson led the trio with 641 receiving yards and six touchdowns, helping him take home Big South all-conference honors.
In 2008, Skalaski had to replace two all conference receivers who had been starters the previous three years. Instead of enduring a drop in production, the receiving corps increased its numbers in terms of yards, touchdowns, receptions and yards per catch in helping the Flames to their first-ever 10 win season.
Dominc Bolden enjoyed one of the finest seasons of any receiver in the country with 56 receptions for 1,056 yards, nine touchdowns receiving and two rushing. The duo of Bolden and Jonathan Crawford combined for 1,769 receiving yards to become the second most potent tandem in program history.
Bolden and Crawford were both named all conference, the first time in school history that the Flames had two receivers named all conference in the same season. In addition fellow senior receiver Matt Lambros added to the recognition when he was the tenth player selected in the Canadian Football League draft. Skalaski has now had five receivers named to the Big South all-conference teams during the last four years.
Skalaski adds a unique blend of business and coaching experience to the Flames program as he spent more than 20 years in corporate America in both sales and managerial roles.
Prior to joining the Liberty staff, Skalaski worked for Steelcase Inc., an international company which is the world's largest manufacturer of high quality office environments and furniture. Du ring his tenure, Skalaski held various sales and management positions, culminating with his promotion in 1998 to sales manager of Steelcase's largest field office, located in New York City. Before his days at Steelcase, Skalaski enjoyed several successful years at the Xerox Corporation, earning the organization's highest sales recognition in the President's Club.
Skalaski got his start in coaching in 1978 as a graduate assistant coach at Florida. He served in that capacity for three years, working on both sides of the ball and learning under the tutelage of coaching greats Mike Shanahan and Steve Spurrier - assistant coaches at Florida during the time span. More recently, Skalaski served as a volunteer assistant coach for Ridgewood High School in Ridgewood, N.J., during the 2001 and 2002 seasons.
Skalaski received his Bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Florida in 1978 and was awarded a prestigious U.S. Department of Justice internship. He also was inducted into Florida Blue Key, the university's highest leadership and honorary society. He went on to earn his Master's degree in public administration in 1980 from Florida.
Skalaski developed a reputation as a tough and smart competitor during his playng days as a defensive back for the Gators. Demonstrating his knowledge of the game he once played all four positions in the secondary against Houston his junior year. He was a member of three bowl teams: 1974 Sugar Bowl, 1975 Gator Bowl and 1976 Sun Bowl.
Skalaski is a native of Miami, Fla., and he and his wife, Ann, have three children – Sarah, Charlie IV, and Jacob (Jake).
The Skalaski File
Year at Liberty: Seventh
2003 – Present (6 years) - Liberty (TE, WR, Dev., RC)
2001-02 (2 years) – Ridgewood HS (AC)
1978-80 (3 years) – Florida (GA, DE, WR, DB)
Recruiting Area: Miami, Tampa, Jacksonville, Southwest Florida, South Georgia, International Players
Education: B.A., Criminal Justice (Florida, '78); M.A., Public Administration (Florida, '80)
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
Children: Sarah (21), Charlie (19) and Jake (13)