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Layer Receives Special Honor from Queens University of Charlotte

November 4, 2013
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This past weekend, Queens University of Charlotte renamed its performance court at Curry Arena in honor of current Liberty men's basketball coach Dale Layer. [Photos courtesy of Queens University]

Head Liberty Men's Basketball Coach Dale Layer received a pleasant surprise over the weekend when he returned to the site where his coaching career began at Queens University of Charlotte.

While Layer was in attendance with his former players from the 1989-90 Royals men's basketball team for a Queens Hall of Fame induction ceremony, the university unveiled a new name for the performance court at Curry Arena – Dale Layer Court.

"To have the court named for me was almost surreal," Layer said. "I'm very thankful and humbled. It's a special honor that I'm not sure I'm deserving of, but I'm very appreciative and thankful."

In regards to the surprise, Layer added, "I didn't know what was going to happen. My parents and [Marquette head coach] Buzz Williams showed up unexpectedly. We had all 13 of our players come back, which was almost a miracle in itself. To have 25 years pass and 13 players all willing and able to come back to Charlotte was a treat. I had the chance to see a lot of people I spent a lot of years with."

Layer, who was inducted into the Queens Hall of Fame in 2010 as an individual, is credited with pioneering the men's basketball program at Queens and helping the institution's athletics department transition from an all-women's department to a co-ed program. At the helm of Queens men's basketball, Layer posted winning records in eight of his nine seasons, finishing with an all-time NCAA Division II record of 168-88 (.656).

Under the skipper's guidance, the Royals captured two regular-season Carolinas Virginias Conference (CVC) Championships, three CVC Tournament titles and appeared in the NCAA Division II Tournament twice (1996, 1998). During the Royals' run in the 1995-96 campaign, Queens reached the Division II Sweet 16, finishing out the season with 25-6 posting. Layer's players achieved a 100 percent graduation rate during his time at Queens. While Layer served as director of athletics, Queens also earned its first Hawn Cup, an all-sport conference award.

Layer enters his fifth season at Liberty after guiding the Flames to their third Big South title and NCAA appearance in program history, this past season. The Flames open the 2013-14 season at home, Friday, playing host to fellow Hill City competitor Randolph College. Tipoff inside the Vines Center is slated for 8 p.m.
For more about Queens' special ceremony for Layer, click here.