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Sherard Promoted to Associate Head Coach

September 1, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Beginning his 11th season on the Liberty women's basketball coaching staff, Alexis Sherard has been promoted to associate head coach.

Beginning his 11th season on the Liberty women's basketball coaching staff, Alexis Sherard has been promoted to associate head coach.

Liberty Women's Basketball Head Coach Carey Green has announced the promotion of Alexis Sherard to associate head coach.

Alexis Sherard is in his 11th season as part of the Lady Flames' coaching staff, tying him with Andrea "Andy" Bloodworth as the longest-tenured assistant in program history. He serves as the team's co-recruiting coordinator and assists with game strategies and player development.

"It's been an honor and blessing to have such an outstanding coaching staff," Green remarked. "For over a decade, Coach Sherard and Coach Bloodworth have supported the development of our program to a respectfully high level. They both have been invaluable to us and are proven champions.

"This season, our program has experienced the addition of three new staff members. We welcome this exciting time of transition as an opportunity to restructure and advance the cause of building Champions for Christ.

"Alexis Sherard has demonstrated loyalty, support, strong passion and leadership that I recognize as earning the opportunity to serve in a greater role of responsibility. It's an honor to have Alexis invested as an associate head coach. He has earned my respect and this great opportunity. Ultimately and most importantly, Alexis has mirrored God's love to our players as well as encouraged each of them to grow in Christ."

Sherard has earned Big South championship rings during six of his first 10 years with the Lady Flames. Liberty has made six NCAA Tournament appearances and two trips to the Postseason WNIT Tournament with Sherard on staff.

Sherard, who will begin coaching the Lady Flames' wing players in 2017-18, previously guided the team's posts. In that capacity, Sherard aided in the development of 2012 graduate Avery Warley. She graduated as the leading rebounder in Liberty and Big South Conference history and then began a WNBA career with the Phoenix Mercury in 2012. Additionally, Liberty has led the nation in rebound margin four times (2009-10, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14) during Sherard's tenure with the Lady Flames.

Sherard also oversaw the development of the "Big 3" of Katelyn Adams, Catherine Kearney and Ashley Rininger, each of whom wrapped up their time with the Lady Flames in 2015-16. The trio totaled 2,898 points and 2,431 rebounds during their careers.

Most recently, Sherard helped coach post player Keyen Green to Big South Freshman of the Year and VaSID State Rookie of the Year awards during the 2016-17 campaign.

The Lakewood, N.J., native has been working at Liberty since 2005, as he served as an assistant coach for the men's basketball team during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons.