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Bookbinder Promoted to Special Teams Coordinator
Liberty Head Football Coach Turner Gill has announced that he has promoted Josh Bookbinder to the position of special teams coordinator.
Bookbinder takes over the position following the departure of Mike Minter, who was named the head coach at Campbell on Tuesday.
"Josh has an outstanding knowledge of the game and is passionate about football," stated Gill. "Josh is the best fit for the job here at Liberty."
Bookbinder joined Liberty's staff in January and has served the staff as Liberty's defensive quality control staff member.
Bookbinder takes over a position that will have three returning All-Big South athletes for the 2012 season. Long snapper Richard Wright, a 2011 All-American, earned his second straight Big South first-team honor this season.
Kicker John Lunsford was named to the Big South second-team all-conference list following his first collegiate season. The freshman ranked No. 2 in the Big South in field goals (8) and No. 3 in field goal percentage (8-of-12/66.7 percent).
Lunsford was named Big South Special Teams Player of the Week twice and Big South Freshman of the Week following his first collegiate game in Liberty's season opener against Wake Forest.
Grant Bowden, another first-year player at Liberty after transferring from Virginia Tech, joined Lunsford on the All-Big South second team. Bowden started all 11 games and ranked No. 2 in the Big South in punting average (39.4 yards per punt) and No. 3 in total punts (60).
Bowden finished the year with 18 punts pinning opponents inside the 20-yard line, including 13 against Big South foes. He was named the Big South Special Teams Player of the Week the last two weeks of the regular season, helping the Flames secure their fifth Big South title in the last six years with wins over No. 6 Stony Brook and VMI.