Paul Carmany joined Liberty's athletics department in July 2006, and currently holds the title Associate Athletics Communications Director. In this position within the athletics communications department, Carmany serves as the primary media contact for the Liberty women's basketball, cross country and track & field programs. Carmany also served as the contact for the Lady Flames volleyball team for the 2006-09 seasons. In January 2008, he was tabbed one of four recipients of Collegiate Volleyball Update's RESPecting Volleyball award. Carmany earned the honor as a result of his season-long in-depth coverage of the 2007 Liberty volleyball squad, which won its first Big South Conference title since 2001. An additional honor came in June 2009, when the 2008 Liberty cross country media guide earned second-place honors in the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Publication Contest. The publication trailed only Tennessee's women's cross country guide on the national listing. Carmany assisted with Liberty's hosting of the 2007 Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships, the 2007 Big South Volleyball Championship, the 2008 Big South Cross Country Championships and the 2013 Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships. He also served as official statistician for the 2007 NCAA Division II Softball World Series in Akron, Ohio. Carmany has coordinated media efforts for eight Liberty teams which have competed at the NCAA Division I Tournament, including the 2007 and 2008 volleyball squads and the 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2014-15 women's basketball teams. Additionally, he has worked with NCAA Division I national champion distance runners Sam Chelanga and Josh McDougal. In total, Carmany has served as the primary contact for 42 Liberty squads which have captured Big South Conference titles. A member of CoSIDA and the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID), Carmany came to Liberty from Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. Carmany spent two years (2005-06) as a graduate assistant in Ashland's sports information office. At Ashland, Carmany served as primary media contact for the Eagles' women's basketball, volleyball, men's and women's soccer, softball, cross country and track & field programs. Carmany also attended Ashland as an undergraduate and served as manager for the women's basketball team for three years (2002-04). He was additionally a regular sports correspondent and columnist for the Ashland weekly school newspaper, the Collegian. Some of Carmany's earliest sportswriting experience came at the New Middletown Postmark, a weekly newspaper which serviced the towns of New Middletown and North Lima, Ohio. Carmany covered high school and youth sports for the publication from 1998 to 2000. Carmany earned a pair of degrees from Ashland. In 2004, he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics, graduating as the university's top mathematics student. Two years later, Carmany graduated with a Master of Education degree in sport education, maintaining a 4.0 GPA for his graduate studies. A native of New Middletown, Ohio, Carmany currently resides in Lynchburg with his wife, Katy.