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Vince WaldenAssistant Coach
College: Longwood ('01)
Start Date: 6/4/2012
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).
The Walden File
Year at Liberty: Second
High School: Lakeland High School
College: Longwood (2001)
Education: Bachelors' degree in social work from Longwood University
Present (Second year) – Liberty – Assistant Coach
2006-2012 (Six years) – IMG Academy – National Team Head Coach and Recruiting Coordinator
2003-04 (Two years) – AAU Charlotte Royals – Coach
2002-03 (Two Years) – AAU Charlotte Blazers – Coach
2001-2009 (Eight Years) – Five-Star Basketball Camp – Head Coach
Hometown: Suffolk, Va.
Children: Vinson, Jr. (4) and Zachary (3)