Scott Symons joined head coach Hugh Freeze's coaching staff as the Flames' defensive coordinator and safeties coach in 2019. During the 2020 season, Symons will shift his focus to working with the linebackers, while continuing his role as defensive coordinator.
Symons came to Liberty after spending the 2018 season as inside linebacker coach at Memphis, where he helped the Tigers advance to the Birmingham Bowl.
Prior to his one-year stint at Memphis, Symons served as defensive coordinator and safeties coach at West Georgia (2014-17).
Working alongside fellow Liberty coaching staff members Josh Aldridge, Sam Gregg and Rickey Hunley, Symons helped West Georgia to three NCAA Division II playoff appearances (2014, 2015, and 2017), back-to-back 12-win seasons, two NCAA Division II Super Region 2 titles (2014 and 2015) and a Gulf South Conference crown in 2015.
Symons started to hone his craft as the head of the defense at Arkansas Tech when he served as defensive coordinator in 2013.
Symons stared his coaching career at Harding, serving in a variety of roles as wide receivers coach, defensive backs coach and co-defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator from 2008-11. He also served as a defensive quality control staff member at Arkansas State in 2012.
Flames Flashback: 2019 Year in Review • Symons' defensive schemes played a vital role in Liberty finishing its first full season at the FBS level with an 8-5 record, including a win over Georgia Southern in the 2019 FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl. • With the Cure Bowl victory, Liberty became the third team in NCAA history to win a bowl game during its first full season at the FBS level. • Symons helped mold four Liberty defensive players that signed NFL free agents contracts after the 2020 NFL Draft: linebacker Solomon Ajayi, safety Elijah Benton, defensive lineman Jessie Lemonier and cornerback Bejour Wilson. • Along with wide receiver Antonio Gandy-Golden, who was a fourth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, and Symons' four free agent signees, Liberty had five players sign with NFL franchises, the most in program history. • Lemonier finished his two-year career at Liberty with 20.5 sacks, which ranked third among FBS players nationally in total sacks recorded during the 2018 and 2019 campaigns. • Benton, a former walk-on at Liberty, finished his four-year career with the Flames as the team's active leader with 205 career tackles, including 123 career solo stops. • The Flames finished the season ranked No. 28 in the country in sacks (2.69 per game) and No. 31 in interceptions (12).
Symons at a Glance Coaching Experience: 2019-present – Liberty (DC/S) 2018 – Memphis (ILB) 2014-17 – West Georgia (DC/S) 2013 – Arkansas Tech (DC) 2012 – Arkansas State (Def. QC) 2008-11 – Harding (WR, DB, Co-DC and Rec. Coord.) Education: Bachelor's degree in history (Lindenwood, '08); Master's degree in Kinesiology (Harding, '10) Wife: Kristen Children: Peyton, Hudson and Rhett Hometown: Hurst, Texas