A member of the Liberty men's soccer coaching staff since 2010, A.J. Madero currently serves as the Director of Performance Analysis for his alma mater. After joining Head Coach Jeff Alder's staff as a graduate assistant in 2010, Madero has served as assistant coach with the program and became the Director of Performance Analysis for the program in 2017.
Madero directs supporting personnel in enhancing athletic performance and improving player development. A member of the 2006 and 2007 Flames, the former goalkeeper oversees physical development, nutrition, recovery and conditioning, while developing uses for performance data, research and innovation. In addition, he is involved in opposition scouting and analysis and developing key pre-match tactical concepts for both players and staff.
This past year, the Liberty alum assisted in guiding the Flames to their eighth year of 10 or more wins in their last 11 seasons. Liberty posted a 10-6-1 overall record in 2017. Madero has been a part of the Liberty staff during five of those seasons.
In two of Madero's six seasons on Alder's staff, the Flames reached the Big South Championship title game. In 2013, Madero assisted head coach Jeff Alder in helping Liberty rebound from a slow start early in the year to advance the 2013 Big South title game. The Flames became the first No. 7 seed to play for the conference title since 1992. Liberty shut out No. 2 seed High Point (1-0) and No. 3 Longwood to earn a place in the Big South title contest.
In his first year as an assistant, Madero helped guide the Flames to the 2011 Big South title. Liberty posted an 11-6-3 overall record and a 4-4-1 Big South mark. The former Flames goalkeeper mentored freshman goalkeepers Scott Sutarik and Josh Pacella, who helped the Flames lead the Big South Conference in goals allowed (0.95), goals-against average (0.91) and shutouts (9).
Sutarik led the Big South with a 0.56 goals-against average and in save percentage with an .850 save percentage, earning Big South All-Tournament and All-Freshman team honors. The freshman goalkeeper also tied for the conference lead with six shutouts, recording them in 10 games played.
Madero's first year as a member of the coaching staff came in 2010, when he served as a volunteer assistant coach.
Madero, a native of Tampa, Fla., earned All-Big South second team accolades in 2009, as well as garnering conference player of the week honors during the season. Additionally, the goalkeeper was a member of Liberty's 2007 Big South Conference championship team.
Madero also etched his name on several Liberty single season and career record lists, despite suffering a season-ending injury during the Flames' first round Big South Tournament contest in 2009. He holds the lowest career goals-against average in Big South Conference history with a 0.52 GAA.
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 10 shutouts in 2009. He compiled an 11-4-3 record and finished the year fourth in nation in the final NCAA Division I Statistical Report in GAA.
During his two seasons on the Flames' roster, Madero compiled a 16-4-6 record with a school-record low goals-against average of 0.52, logging over 2,416 minutes in the Liberty net. He holds the Osborne Stadium record with eight consecutive shutouts, completing his career without conceding a goal at the facility and finishing a strong 10-0-2 at home.
Madero earned his Bachelor of Science degree in general studies with a specialization in kinesiology from Liberty in 2010 and earned a master's degree in sport management in May of 2014. He also has been involved in youth soccer coaching and instructional camps throughout the east coast.
He and his wife Sara, an assistant coach with the Liberty Lady Flames women's hockey team and a staff member with Club Sports at Liberty, live in Lynchburg.