Liberty head coach Dale Layer was recently inducted into the Eckerd College Hall of Fame for his accomplishments as a guard for the Tritons and an assistant coach. This past season with the Flames, Layer earned his 300th career coaching win and was named Big South Coach of the Year.
Liberty Men's Basketball Head Coach Dale Layer was recently inducted into the Eckerd College Hall of Fame for his accomplishments as a student-athlete and an assistant coach. The induction ceremony took place this past Thursday inside Eckerd's McArthur Center in St. Petersburg, Fla. A two-year basketball standout at Eckerd (1978-1980), Layer still holds the program's single-season assist record with 211 helpers during the 1978-79 campaign. The former Tritons guard is also second on the listing, garnering 186 assists in his final season in St. Petersburg. With a combined total of 397 dimes, Layer ranks fifth on Eckerd's career assist list despite playing only two seasons there. Layer also earned all-conference honors while taking the court for the Tritons. After finishing his playing career at Eckerd, Layer started his coaching career as an assistant under the school's men's basketball coach and Director of Athletics Jim Harley, his former coach. Before moving on to Queens, Layer spent seven of the next eight years at Eckerd except for the 1982-83 season, when he was an assistant at Eastern Kentucky. Layer's induction into Eckerd's Hall of Fame is not the first time he has received such an honor. Shortly after the conclusion of his inaugural season as Liberty's head coach, the skipper was welcomed into the Queens University Hall of Fame. While at Queens, he served as the institution's Director of Athletics and first men's basketball coach. 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). In his second year with the Flames this past season, Layer guided Liberty to a 19-13 record overall and a 13-5 mark in Big South play en route to becoming the first coach in program history to earn Big South Coach of the Year honors. Picked to finish sixth in the conference's preseason poll, the Flames closed out the regular season second in the Big South standings, setting a new program record for most conference victories in a season. On Jan. 27, Layer reached a coaching milestone, picking up his 300th career win. With seconds winding down in overtime against the Bulldogs, John Brown connected on a buzzer-beating layup, giving Layer win No. 300 in the Flames' 83-81 victory.
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