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Josh Bookbinder

Title: Assistant Coach - Linebackers

Since joining Liberty's football staff in 2012, Josh Bookbinder has served in multiple roles, including his current position on the coaching staff as Liberty's linebackers coach.

During his first season at Liberty, Bookbinder served as the football program's defensive quality control staff member.

Shortly after the 2012 season, head coach Turner Gill promoted Bookbinder to special teams coordinator before Gill shifted him to the Flames outside linebackers coach in February 2013.

Bookbinder worked alongside Flames' defensive coordinator Robert Wimberly with Liberty's linebackers in 2013, before Gill gave Bookbinder the full reins to the position in the spring of 2014.

During his first year as a member of the Flames' coaching staff, Bookbinder helped the Flames rank No. 5 in scoring defense (17.6 points allowed per game), No. 9 in the country in total defense (313.9 yards allowed per game) and No. 16 in passing yards allowed per game (178.6).

The 2013 season saw the Flames finish the year ranked No. 3 in the country in turnover margin (1.3) and No. 5 in passes intercepted (19).

Linebacker Nick Sigmon earned his third-straight all-conference honor in 2013 and second-consecutive first-team All-Big South selection. He finished the year tied for the team lead with 62 tackles (30 solo, 32 assisted) and led the team with 10.5 tackles for a loss. 

Scott Hyland followed Sigmon on the All-Big South team, earning second-team honors to cap off his stellar four-year career. Roaming the middle of Liberty's defensive unit, Hyland started 34-consecutive games and finished as Liberty's active career tackles leaders (175 stops).

Sigmon continued to excel in 2014, earning All-Big South and VaSID All-State second team honors. The four-year starter finished his playing career with 216 career tackles and 30.5 career tackles for a loss.

Bookbinder has helped Nick Newman follow in Sigmon's footstep, as he has earned All-Big South second team honors in 2014 and 2015. Newman transitioned from safety after his freshman season and finished the 2015 as Liberty's leading tackler (74 stops).

Following the 2015 season, Bookbinder was selected to participate in the inaugural AFCA 30 Under 30 Coaches Leadership Institute. The program, created by the America Football Coaches Foundation® and the NCA Leadership Development group, is aimed at training premier, future leaders in the football coaching profession.

Since joining Gill's staff, Bookbinder has been instrumental in helping Liberty win four Big South titles (2012-14, 2016) and earning the program's first-ever appearance in the NCAA FCS Playoffs in 2014.

Liberty also finished the 2014 season ranked No. 17 in the country, the program's highest year-end ranking since 2008. The Flames were 9-5 in 2014, matching the second-highest win total in program history.

Bookbinder came to Liberty after spending two seasons at Carson-Newman. In 2010, Bookbinder served as the Eagles' linebackers coach before being promoted to special teams coordinator and defensive ends assistant coach for the 2011 season. He also served assistant recruiting coordinator during his time at Carson-Newman.

While at Carson-Newman, Bookbinder had the opportunity to work under NCAA Division II Football Hall of Fame coach Ken Sparks. During Sparks' three-decade tenure at Carson-Newman, the Eagles have won five national championships, 21 South Atlantic Conference titles and produced more than 100 Division II All-Americans.

In 2009, Bookbinder served as defensive quality control at Richmond, working directly under Spiders defensive coordinator Vic Shealy. He helped the Spiders finish the 2009 season with an 11-2 record, a Colonial Athletic Association title and a run to the quarterfinals of the FCS Playoffs.

Bookbinder worked as an undergraduate coach with his alma mater during the 2007 and 2008 seasons at Baylor, working specifically with the Bears' linebackers.

Bookbinder graduated from Baylor in 2009 with a bachelor of arts degree in sports, sponsorships and sales.

In March 2014, Bookbinder married the former Ashley Teer, an alum of Liberty's track & field program (2007-09). The mid-distance runner was a part of Liberty's team that won the 2007 Big South Women's Outdoor Championship. She currently serves as Liberty's track & field program's Director of Operations.

Bookbinder at a Glance
Coaching Experience
      2012-present – Liberty (Def. QC, OLB, LB)
      2010-11 – Carson Newman (LB, ST, DE)
      2009 – Richmond (Def. QC)
      2007-08 – Baylor (Under. Grad/LB)
Recruiting Area: Virginia (Bedford/Roanoke County), Idaho, Montana, North Carolina (Charlotte/Mecklenburg/Union), Oregon, South Carolina (Lower State/Midlands), Texas (Houston – Above Beltway/North/Central) and Washington
Education: B.A., Sports, Sponsorships and Sales (Baylor, '09)
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Wife: Ashley