Rebekah Ricksecker, a standout during her career on the Liberty women's cross country and track & field teams, is serving as a full-time assistant cross country and track & field coach for the seventh year in 2018-19. She served as the interim head coach for the men's and women's cross country teams in 2018, directing all of the Flames' distance runners.
Under Ricksecker's direction, the Liberty men's and women's cross country squads each finished second at their first-ever ASUN Championships in 2018. Two weeks later, the Flames recorded their best NCAA regional finish since 2008 (sixth place) and the Lady Flames notched their best regional performance since 2010 (13th place).
Ricksecker also played a leading role in recruiting a talented group of 15 freshman distance runners for the 2018-19 athletic year.
Ricksecker helped coach Noel Palmer to an outstanding freshman season in 2017-18. After arriving at Liberty with personal bests of 10:47 in the 3,200 and 17:45 in the 5K, Palmer improved to 16:28 in the 5K and 34:41 in the 10K during her first year on campus. During the 2016 cross country season, Ricksecker was responsible for the day-to-day coaching of both the men's and women's squads. She coached the Lady Flames to their first Big South title since 2012 and guided the Flames to their top finish (ninth) at the NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championships since 2012. On the track, Ricksecker's charges placed inside the top two of every women's race 1,500 meters and longer at the 2017 Big South Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Redshirt freshman Anna Van Wyk led the way, winning the outdoor 5K title to go along with four runner-up finishes. In 2014-15, Ricksecker coached two of the Big South's top women's distance runners in Jacy Christiansen and Ednah Kurgat. Christiansen captured the women's individual title at the 2014 Big South Cross Country Championships. Meanwhile, Kurgat was named Big South Indoor and Outdoor Women's Freshman of the Year. During the 2012 cross country season, the Lady Flames captured the Big South title while placing four runners in the top nine. Jennifer Klugh led the way, winning her third consecutive Big South individual championship. Klugh then went on to qualify for the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championship, becoming the first Lady Flame since 2001 to do so. Ricksecker worked as a volunteer assistant for the Liberty men's and women's cross country teams in 2011. She helped guide the men's squad to its seventh consecutive Big South team title and the Lady Flames to a Big South runner-up finish. Ricksecker, who last competed for the Lady Flames during the 2010 indoor and outdoor track & field seasons, graduated as one of the most successful female distance runners in program history. The native of Laurel, Del., finished as a five-time Big South individual champion and a 13-time All-Big South performer in cross country and track & field. Three of Ricksecker's five individual conference titles came during her final year as a Lady Flame (2009-10), playing a key role in Liberty's first-ever men's and women's cross country/track & field Big South Conference "Double Triple." Ricksecker is the only women's runner in conference history ever to win a trio of 1,500-meter run titles at the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships. At the 2010 Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships, she became the first Lady Flame ever to win both the women's mile and 3K titles at the same conference meet. Ricksecker is part of Liberty's school record-setting squad in the outdoor distance medley relay. She earned all-region honors with an 11th-place finish at the 2008 NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Cross Country Championships. Ricksecker then closed out her collegiate career by running the 1,500 at the 2010 NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet. Ricksecker was also a standout in the classroom, graduating in 2009 with a 3.95 grade-point average in elementary education. As a result, she earned multiple academic honors. Ricksecker was a three-time ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection for women's cross country/track & field. She was also the Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year for both women's indoor and outdoor track & field in 2010. Ricksecker then graduated with a master's degree in English from Liberty in December 2011. Ricksecker's younger brother David Ricksecker wrapped up his time on the Liberty men's cross country and track & field teams in 2013, capturing the Big South men's 10K championship as a senior. They are the only brother/sister duo in program history to both earn All-Big South recognition in cross country.