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A.J. MaderoAssistant Coach
College: Liberty ('10)
Start Date: 8/12/2010
A.J. Madero begins his second year as an assistant coach and third year with the Liberty men's soccer coaching staff in 2012, 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.
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 four-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-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 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 is currently pursuing a master's degree in sports management. He also serves as the technical director for the Peak Area Soccer Association (PASA) and has been involved in youth soccer coaching and instructional camps.
"We are blessed that A.J. has stayed in the Liberty soccer family," stated Jeff Alder. "He had an outstanding career as a Flame and proved during his time in our program that he is passionate and knowledgeable about the game. I feel he has a bright future in coaching."