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Andrew "Pete" McFaddenAssistant Coach
College: Liberty ('98)
Start Date: 9/1/2006
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 eighth consecutive season in 2015.
Since McFadden joined the coaching staff, the Flames have won 22 Big South team championships and the men's squad captured back-to-back IC4A outdoor titles (2007 & 2008).
McFadden's charges performed well in 2014, headlined by Meghan Burggraf's 800-meter titles at the Big South indoor and outdoor meets and ECAC indoor championship. Freshman Oasis Hernandez became the program's first Big South women's 60-meter dash champion and broke the program records for the indoor 60 (7.45) and 200 (24.37). Meanwhile, the Flames broke school records for the men's indoor 4 x 800 relay (7:29.15), women's indoor 4 x 400 relay (3:46.28) and women's outdoor sprint medley relay (3:53.34).
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 and founded an organization called Dream Again Life, which teaches children the importance of being educated, while also motivating them to chase after their dreams.