As the calendar winds down to the final days of 2015, the Liberty Flames Sports Network is looking back at the moments that made this athletics year special for Flames Nation.
The series continues today by looking at Moment No. 4, the announcement of Ritchie McKay as Liberty's new head men's basketball coach.
Before a packed crowd of fans on the Club Pavilion of the Williams Stadium Tower, McKay was welcomed back as Liberty's head coach during a press conference on April 1.
After spending the last six seasons working under Tony Bennett as associate head coach at Virginia, McKay came back to Liberty Mountain where he served as head coach during the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons.
During his time in Charlottesville, McKay helped the Cavaliers post a 136-64 record, including back-to-back 30-win seasons in 2013-14 and 2014-15. Virginia advanced to the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament three out of McKay's last four years. Following an ACC Championship in 2014, the Cavaliers were the No. 1 seed in the East Region and advanced to the Sweet 16.
Prior to his days in Charlottesville, McKay served two seasons as Liberty's men's basketball coach, posting a 39-28 overall record and a 19-13 mark in Big South play. Following a 16-16 record during his first year at Liberty, McKay led the Flames to a 23-12 record in 2008-09. The win total matched the program's NCAA Division I record for most wins in a season.
The Liberty Flames Sports Network will continue to countdown the top moments of 2015 when LibertyFlames.com reveals moment No. 3 on Wednesday.
Liberty Athletics Top Moments of 2015: No. 12 – Women's tennis sets program wins record with victory over Radford No. 11 – Softball's 10th inning victory over Coastal Carolina No. 10 – Consecutive 4-3 wins by men's tennis over Coastal Carolina and Presbyterian No. 9 – Baseball rallying for come-from-behind win over High Point on Senior Day No. 8 – Men's and women's track & field sweeps Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships titles No. 7 – Chris Turner's interception during the fourth quarter against Coastal Carolina No. 6 – Ednah Kurgat finishing 12th at the NCAA Women's Cross Country Championships No. 5 – Field hockey cracking the top 10 in the national polls for the first time in program history No. 4 – Announcement of Ritchie McKay as head men's basketball coach No. 3 – Revealed on Dec. 30 No. 2 – Revealed on Dec. 31 No. 1 – Revealed on Jan. 1
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