Liberty Athletics celebrated another highly successful year of academics, athletics and community service at the fourth annual FLAMESPY Award show on Monday evening.
After the show, Liberty Flames Sports Network's Nick Pierce had a chance to catch up with some of the evening's award winners, including Liberty Flames Baseball Head Coach Jim Toman, who took home Coach of the Year honors. Toman led the Flames to a 41-18 overall record and the program's first ever at-large selection to an NCAA Regional in the 41-year history of Liberty baseball in 2014. Toman's Flames became only the second program in school history to obtain an at-large selection to a NCAA Division I postseason tournament/event. In addition, the 2014 Liberty Flames made program history by competing in a NCAA Regionals in back-to-back seasons for the first time ever.
Liberty won 40 or more games for the fourth time in program history and the third time during head coach Jim Toman's seven- year tenure. The Flames' 41 wins tied Toman's 2012 Liberty team for the second-most wins in program history.
Toman was named the 2014 Big South Coach of the Year, after leading the Flames to a 23-3 Big South record and the conference's regular season title. Along with his Big South Coach of the Year honor, Toman's Flames became the first baseball team in Big South Conference history to sweep all of the league's major awards, as second baseman Ryan Seiz was named the Player of the Year, Trey Lambert the Pitcher of the Year and Scholar Athlete of the Year and Parker Bean the Freshman of the Year.
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