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Coach Detail

Eric Ponio

Title: Defensive Quality Control

Joined Flames Nation:
June 2019

Football Staff Responsibilities:
• Part of the Flames' special teams and defensive coaching staff
• Works directly with Liberty's linebackers, plus all four phases of the special teams units  

Flames Football Highlights:
• Helped the Flames post an 8-5 record in their first full season at the FBS level in 2019
• Liberty defeated Georgia Southern in the FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl, becoming the third team in NCAA history to win a bowl game during its first season at the FBS level
• Joined Liberty's coaching staff as a defensive graduate assistant in 2019
• Promoted to a Defensive Quality Control staff member in January 2020

Road to Liberty University:
• Defensive Graduate Assistant – Arkansas (2018)
• Student Assistant Coach – Arkansas (2016-17)

Getting to Know Eric Ponio:
• Graduate of Arkansas (2017 and 2019)
- B.S. in Business Administration majoring in Accounting
- M.S. in Operations Management
• Currently pursuing his M.A. in Sports Administration at Liberty University
• Member of the Arkansas Razorbacks football team (2013-14)
• Native of Chicago, Ill.