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Shane PinderHead Volleyball Coach
College: Luther Rice Seminary ('04)
Start Date: Jun 2004
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 five 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 five seasons (2007-11), claiming the championship in 2007, 2008 and 2011. Additionally, the team has claimed 20 or more victories in each of the last five seasons
Pinder has been named Big South Coach of the Year twice, in 2007 and 2010, while also earning the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) State Coach of the Year honor in 2007, 2008 and 2011.
His 149-113 record places him second in all-time coaching wins at Liberty, with the Lady Flames posting an 84-32 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 one Big South Player of the Year (Corbin, '08), three Big South Freshmen of the Year and three Big South Tournament MVPs. Nine 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.
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 three 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 117-54 (.684) overall, the best five-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 seven during the 2012 season.
Coach Pinder's Accolades