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May 6, 2013
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Liberty head men's basketball coach Dale Layer adds Omar Mance to his coaching staff.

Liberty Head Men's Basketball Coach Dale Layer has announced the addition of Omar Mance to his staff as an assistant coach. Mance joins the Flames' staff after spending three seasons as an assistant at Army under head coach Zach Spiker.

"I am thrilled to announce that Omar Mance has agreed to join our Flames coaching staff," Layer stated.

"He has had a distinguished playing and coaching career and brings great recruiting experience to the job. He has recruiting contacts in our natural recruiting areas and will serve as a positive role model to our players."

Layer added, "This appointment will only strengthen an already high-quality staff. Omar and his wife Rebecca will be welcomed additions to the Liberty community."

As an assistant at Army, Mance worked primarily with the program's guards. During his tenure, he coached the Patriot League Rookie of the Year as well as three Patriot League all-rookie team members. In addition to working with position players, Mance also served as a recruiting coordinator and was instrumental in game preparation.

"My wife and I are excited and extremely blessed to be a part of Coach Layer's staff and the Liberty University community," Mance said.  "It's an honor to work for Coach Layer and Jeff Barber, who I consider two great leaders and mentors. We've heard great things about the staff and the players. We are truly blessed to be a part of a program that is on the brink of doing something special."

Before arriving at West Point for the 2010-11 season, Mance served as the head varsity coach for the North Shore Country Day (Ill.) boys' team. In his two seasons, Mance led the squad to its two best finishes in school history, winning 16 games and making the regional championship game in 2009. Mance guided seven players to all-league honors and placed two of his charges on the honorable mention all-state squad. He also served as the school's Dean of Multicultural Affairs during the 2009-10 school year.

Prior to his work at Country Day, Mance was on the staff of his alma mater, Rice. He served as Director of Basketball Operations from January-May 2007 before being named an assistant coach for the 2007-08 season. Mance served as the Owls' recruiting coordinator and helped land the first Houston public school recruit to attend Rice in 40 years. In addition to his coaching and recruiting duties, Mance oversaw the Owls' academic progress. Under his watch, Rice posted a 98 percent graduation rate, the best mark in the country.

Before entering the collegiate ranks, Mance was the athletic director at Joseph Sears School in Kenilworth, Ill., from 2005-07. He oversaw every aspect of each of the school's programs and also served as the head coach of the eighth grade boys' basketball squad. While working at the school, Mance also helped found the Robison-Mance Group, a company that worked with leagues, camps and teams to provide mentoring services to more than 900 youth in the Chicago area. Mance was the co-director and coach of the RMG Elite AAU team.

In 2006 and 2008, Mance worked with Athletes in Action in Nairobi, Kenya. He toured schools, academies and orphanages while helping coach college and club teams. The trip to Africa was just one of his international experiences. Mance played on professional tours in Europe, Asia and Canada during the summers of 2004 and 2005. He was named the tournament MVP of the International Cup in Moscow in 2005.

Mance started his coaching career as an assistant coach at Martin Luther King High School in Atlanta, Ga. He helped the squad to a 5-A state runner-up finish in 2004. Mance worked for his father, Eric, an Albany (Ga.) Hall of Fame Inductee who has won more than 400 games in his career.

The Stone Mountain, Ga., native played one season at LSU before finishing his career at Rice. Mance was a second-team All-WAC pick in 2003 and was named the Owls' MVP in both 2002 and 2003. Just as decorated in the classroom, Mance was a two-time member of the WAC All-Academic Team and was named the Rice Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2002 and 2003. Following his senior season, Mance was honored with the Bob Quin Award as Rice's Top Male Student-Athlete and was a finalist for the Creamland Dairies National College Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year award.

A three-time all-state performer at Lithonia High School, Mance was the 1998 Metro Atlanta Player of the Year and the state's AAA Player of the Year. He finished his career as the school's all-time leading scorer and graduated as his class' valedictorian. He played for the Atlanta Celtic AAU program and helped his team to a pair of national championships.

Mance earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from Rice in 2003 and completed the Rice Education Certification program in math for grades 8-12.