Purchase tickets to the Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet Recently, LFSN reporter Nick Pierce had a chance to catch up with 2019 Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame inductee Renard Brown, a former standout on Liberty's baseball team.
The five-member class, the 11th to be inducted into the Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame, will be honored during special ceremonies surrounding Liberty's football matchup with Buffalo on Sept. 14 at Williams Stadium.
The five-member class includes Renard Brown (baseball), Johnnie Engelhardt (men's cross country/track & field), Steve Isaacs (men's basketball), Mickey Paige (football) and Sharon [Wilkerson] Emory (women's basketball).
The Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held Sept. 13 on the Club Pavilion level of the Carter Tower. Additionally, the five-member class will receive special recognition during the Buffalo contest the evening following the ceremony.
The Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame celebrates the best of the best, honoring those who helped shape the face of Liberty Athletics. The Hall of Fame's now 57 members have each played a key role in helping Liberty grow from an NCCAA program in 1972 to its current status as a thriving NCAA Division I program.
Renard Brown Baseball: 1980-82
Renard Brown's impact on Liberty's record book still stands today despite him last stepping on the diamond for the Flames nearly four decades ago.
Brown finished his three-year career at Liberty with a .376 batting average, which ranks second in school history to fellow Liberty Athletics Hall of Famer Sid Bream. He also ranks inside the top 10 of several other career categories, including runs (eighth, 153), triples (third, 20) and walks (tenth, 88).
The native of Baltimore, Md., was an NAIA All-America first team selection in 1982 and helped the Flames advance to the NAIA World Series after winning the NAIA District 19 and Area 8 tournament events. As a junior in 1982, he led the Flames with a .409 batting average, 56 RBI and 67 hits.
Following his stellar career at Liberty, Brown was selected in the third round of the 1982 Major League Baseball Draft by the Seattle Mariners. He had a six-year professional baseball career, playing five years in the Seattle organization and one more for Milwaukee, reaching as high as the AAA level in 1984.