During the summer months, LFSN Game On spent some time with members of the Flames' football coaching staff, including Liberty's newest member Scott Downing.
Liberty's coaching staff gained another member with vast levels of experience when Downing was named the program's special teams coordinator and running backs coach on Feb. 1, 2016.
Downing brings over three decades of NCAA coaching experience with him to Liberty, including seven years as a head coach and 14 years as a coordinator. He has worked at the FBS level for 26 years, helping coach his teams to 17 bowl appearances.
Prior to joining Gill's staff at Liberty, Downing spent the 2015 season as the special teams coordinator for the Canadian Football League's Toronto Argonauts. The Argonauts finished the season with a 10-8 record, advancing to the CFL's Eastern Semi-Finals game.
Under his guidance, Toronto had the No. 1 and No. 3 individual punt returners in the CFL in 2015. The Argonauts also ranked No. 2 in the CFL in punt return defense and No. 3 in kickoff return defense and punt returns.
Downing's last collegiate coaching stop was at Tulsa where he served as assistant head coach, special teams coordinator and tight ends coach. The Golden Hurricane advanced to the Armed Forces Bowl in 2011. In 2012, Tulsa claimed the Conference USA title with a win over UCF in the championship game before defeating Iowa State in the Liberty Bowl.
Downing's other collegiate coaching stops include Nebraska (Rec. Coord., TE/2003-05), Purdue (Asst. HC, ST Coord., RB/1997-02), Wyoming (Asst. HC, ST Coord., RB, Def. Coord., LB/1987-96), Nebraska (HC Freshman/1986; GA/1984-85) and his alma mater Sterling College (HC/1982-83; 1980-81/OL).
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