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Karl Hess Honored On Saturday At The Vines Center

December 3, 2006  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Karl Hess is Liberty's all-time scorer with 2,373 points.

Karl Hess is Liberty's all-time scorer with 2,373 points.

Liberty University retired men's basketball legend, Karl Hess' number 11 jersey on Saturday as part of a halftime ceremony during the Flames' 64-56 comeback win over Conference USA foe East Carolina.

Hess, who lives in Forest, had a quick turnaround after working Saturday's Kentucky-North Carolina game in Chapel Hill. He works between three and six games a week, officiating in SEC, ACC and BIG EAST games.

At halftime, Hess stood at center court with his wife April and Liberty Director of Athletics, Jeff Barber his career accomplishments were read over the public address.

Hess, a 5-11 guard from Shickshinney, Pa., was a four-year letterwinner for the Flames (1977-1980) and holds the school's all-time career scoring record with 2,373 points. Hess finds himself atop of many school record lists including first in field goals and field goals attempted (951-1,798). Hess ranks first in free throws (471), ranks first in free throw percentage (89.9%), ranks first in assists (648), and tied for first in games played (120).

"It is a major priority of ours to create alumni involvement with the program and university alumni," said men's basketball head coach Randy Dunton. "We must never forget to connect the past foundation with the future success because they paved the way for the vision to become a reality."

Personal achievements include winning the Rock Royer-Mac Rivera Award (1980), NCCAA First Team All-American (1980), and CoSIDA Academic First Team All-American (1980) college division.

Hess was a member of Liberty's 1980 NCCAA National Championship team, earning All-Tournament and MVP honors. Hess also earned NCCAA All-District laurels in 1980. 

Currently Hess is a psychologist in Lynchburg and resides in Forest with his wife, April, and their two sons, Nate and Zack.