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Layer Inducted into Queens Hall of Fame

March 3, 2010  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty Men’s Basketball Head Coach Dale Layer recently became one of 10 individuals enshrined in the inaugural Queens University Athletics Hall of Fame class in Charlotte, N.C.

Liberty Men's Basketball Head Coach Dale Layer recently became one of 10 individuals enshrined in the inaugural Queens University Athletics Hall of Fame class in Charlotte, N.C.

Liberty Men's Basketball Head Coach Dale Layer recently joined an exclusive group, becoming one of 10 individuals enshrined in the inaugural Queens University Athletics Hall of Fame class in Charlotte, N.C. The ceremonies took place on Feb. 20, honoring Layer for his dual role as Queens' athletics director and first men's basketball coach (1989-1998).

Layer is credited with pioneering the men's basketball program at Queens and helping the institution's athletics department transition from an all women's department to a co-ed program. At the helm of Queens men's basketball, Layer posted winning records in eight of his nine seasons, finishing with an all-time NCAA Division II record of 168-88 (.656).

Under the skipper's guidance, the Royals captured two regular-season Carolinas Virginias Conference (CVC) Championships, three CVC Tournament titles and appeared in the NCAA Division II Tournament twice (1996, 1998). During the Royals' run in the 1995-96 campaign, Queens reached the Division II Sweet 16, finishing out the season with 25-6 posting. Layer's players achieved a 100 percent graduation rate during his time at Queens. While Layer served as director of athletics, Queens also earned its first Hawn Cup, an all-sport conference award.

"It is a great honor to be inducted into the inaugural class," Layer said. "Queens is undoubtedly a very special place. I will always cherish my time there with the faculty, staff, administration and the absolutely special student-athletes who embody what is the essence of the institution. I am humbled and greatly appreciative."

Layer concluded his first season as the Flames' head coach Tuesday night, finishing with a 15-16 record overall and a 10-8 posting in Big South play. Coaching one of the nation's youngest teams, Layer guided the Flames to a 5-4 record on the road against conference opponents, including a victory over second-place Radford on Jan. 23. Three of Layer's 2009-10 pupils earned all-conference honors recently – Kyle Ohman (second team all-conference), Evan Gordon (All-Freshman team) and Jeremy Anderson (All-Academic team).