New Liberty assistant coach Brian Hensley celebrates the 2011 VISSA State Softball Championship with his family.
Liberty head softball coach Paul Wetmore has announced the addition of Brian Hensley to the Lady Flames coaching staff for the 2012 season. Hensley will serve as an assistant coach. Hensley has obtained valuable experience at the high school level, most recently coaching at Liberty Christian Academy (LCA) for the past six seasons. In 2011, his third season as head varsity softball coach, Hensley led the Bulldogs to the VISSA State Championship, defeating eight-time defending champion Bishop O'Connell for the first state title in program history. "We are pleased to add Brian to our staff," Wetmore said. "He comes to us after winning the state championship with LCA and building a very solid program there. Brian will be working with our hitters and helping with recruiting." Hensley brings a championship pedigree to a Lady Flames team that will set its sights on a defense of its 2011 Big South title. The 2011 VISSA Coach of the Year guided LCA to a 49-6 combined record over the 2010 and 2011 seasons, leading the team to the state championship game each year. Hensley's club placed second in the Blue Ridge Conference and reached the state semifinals in 2009 before winning the league title in each of the next two campaigns. In total, he has coached four years of varsity softball, including one season (2003) at Faith Christian Academy in Hurt, Va., and his career record at the varsity level is 69-26. "I am excited about the opportunity to be able to continue to coach in a Christian-based system," Hensley stated. "Softball is a passion of mine that helps bring us together to build relationships and further the kingdom of Christ." The Evington, Va., native founded the Brian Hensley Softball Day Camp, which in 2010 had 20 participants aged 6-12. For the past three summers, Hensley has been an assistant coach for the highly-successful Central VA High Voltage travel team. High Voltage won the 2009 NSA World Series, posting a 58-7 record. In addition to his coaching career, he served as lead electrician at Liberty University from 2005-08. He has since instructed electricity and woodworking courses at LCA, Central Virginia Community College and Campbell County schools. He has also served as a high school official in both baseball and basketball. Hensley has been studying toward a biblical studies degree at Liberty University and working on his teacher's licensure at Liberty Christian Academy.
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