Former Liberty Flame goalkeeper A.J. Madero has joined the men's soccer coaching staff as a graduate assistant.
Liberty Men's Head Soccer Coach Jeff Alder has announced that A.J. Madero has joined the Liberty Men's Soccer coaching staff as a graduate assistant. "We are blessed that the University and our athletics department has allowed us to add this position to our staff," stated Alder. "We feel it is critical to have another coach on the field each day as we continue to try to compete at the highest level possible. "The response in terms of interest in the position was outstanding and I'm really excited that A.J. will be staying in the Liberty Soccer family to give back to the program. He had an outstanding career for us, which unfortunately ended prematurely, but we know God had a greater plan through the injury. He proved during his time in our program that he is passionate and knowledgeable about the game and I feel he has a bright future in coaching".
Madero, a native of Tampa, Fla., earned All-Big South second team honors in 2009. He etched his name on several Liberty single season record lists, despite having his year cut short due to injury after colliding with an opposing player during the Flames' first round Big South Tournament contest with UNC Asheville. Madero posted the second-best goals-against average for a season in Liberty history with a 0.45 GAA and tied for second in program annals with Flames Assistant Coach Dean Short with 10 shutouts in 2009. He compiled an 11-4-3 record during last season's campaign, as Liberty finished seventh nationally in team goals-against-average with a 0.53 GAA. During his time on the Flames' roster, Madero compiled a 16-4-6 record with a school-record low goals-against average of 0.52, logging over 2416 minutes in the Liberty net. Madero has begun his duties, as the Flames open practice tomorrow in preparation for their season opener Sept. 1 at Osborne Stadium against Bluefield.
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