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Lumpkin, Rutzen Join Liberty WBB Staff

September 5, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Lumpkin, Rutzen Join Liberty WBB Staff

Liberty Women's Basketball Head Coach Carey Green has announced the addition of Dan Lumpkin (director of player development) and Miriam Rutzen (graduate assistant) to his coaching staff for the 2017-18 season.

"It's certainly a blessing to have Dan and Miriam join our Liberty family," Green stated. "They bring a diversity of experiences and each possess a special uniqueness. Each of them finds motivation in the foundation of God's love to persistently serve and impact others for His glory."

Lumpkin will serve as the Lady Flames' first-ever director of player development. In this role, he will serve as the Lady Flames' video coordinator, aid in developing life skills and strategies for each player and assist Head Coach Carey Green in various capacities.

"Dan brings a treasure chest full of knowledge from his years of head coaching experience," Green commented. "Our program will certainly benefit from his expertise with video education and strategic planning. Our players will grow from his wisdom and direction in life skills. I am grateful to have Dan provide insight in the day-to-day challenges."

Lumpkin comes to Liberty with 25 years of collegiate coaching experience. He won 337 games as head coach at Cleveland State Community College in Cleveland, Tenn., making him the winningest basketball coach in the school's history.

Lumpkin's teams were TCCAA Conference and NJCAA Region and District Tournament runners-up in 2014-15 and 2015-16, and Lumpkin was selected as 2016 TCCAA/NJCAA Region 7 Coach of the Year. Cleveland State reached a national ranking of No. 7 in 2010-11, and two of Lumpkin's players were named NJCAA All-Americans during his tenure.

A Louisiana native, Lumpkin began his coaching career as a graduate assistant for two seasons at Austin Peay, his alma mater. He then served as an assistant at Martin Methodist College, which captured the 1995 Small College National Championship.

Rutzen's responsibilities with the Lady Flames will include coordinating the team's managers, practice players and social media.

"Miriam's display of encouragement is awesome and contagious," Green observed. "I appreciate her sweet spirit and willingness to model servant leadership. She will have a major impact on our team as she invests in the development of leadership responsibilities. I am excited to have her uniqueness and all-in commitment to our team."

Rutzen previously served as director of operations for the Colorado women's basketball team for two seasons (2014-15 and 2015-16).

Rutzen was a four-year letter winner (2009-13) and co-captain at Harvard, where she ranks among the program's career top 10 for blocked shots and games played. She also helped the Crimson post a pair of Ivy League runner-up finishes and garner two Postseason WNIT berths.

A native of Blandinsville, Ill., Rutzen received her A.B. degree in psychology from Harvard in 2013, along with a secondary degree in sociology. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in industrial organizational psychology from Liberty.