Following a four-year playing career with the Flames and a four-year stint on Liberty's football coaching staff, Bryant Lewellyn has joined Liberty's strength and conditioning staff.
Joining head football strength and conditioning coach Bill Gillespie's staff in February 2017, Lewellyn is part of a staff charged with training Liberty's football players to be ready for the program's transition to being a FBS program in 2018.
Lewellyn has been a part of Liberty's football program since the 2009 season and capped off his four-year career with the Flames by earning All-Big South second team honors as a senior.
Following his playing career (2009-12), head football coach Turner Gill asked Lewellyn to join his coaching staff when he was named Liberty's defensive tackles coach in February 2013.
The 2013 season saw seven different defensive players garner All-Big South honors after Liberty posted top 20 ranked defensive numbers.
Liberty finished the 2013 season ranked No. 5 in the country in scoring defense (17.6 points allowed per game), No. 3 in red zone defense (opponents scoring on 66.7 percent of red zone drives), No. 9 in total defense (313.9 yards allowed per game) and No. 16 in passing yards allowed (178.6).
The Flames also finished the year ranked No. 3 in turnover margin (1.3) and No. 15 in the country by allowing only 12 rushing touchdowns in 2013.
Liberty ended the 2014 season atop the Big South rankings in sacks (29), the team's highest sack number since finishing with the same total in 1997. All 29 sacks were recorded by Liberty's defensive linemen.
Liberty 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 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA FCS Playoffs.
Alongside defensive line coach Vantz Singletary, Lewellyn helped with the development of his former teammates in Cory Freeman and Francis Bah during the 2013 season. Following the NFL Draft, both players received NFL tryouts (Freeman with the Cleveland Browns and Bah with the Chicago Bears).
Dominique Davis, who received an invitation to participate in the Inaugural College Gridiron Showcase, signed a free agent contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers following the 2015 NFL Draft.
Chima Uzowihe closed out his stellar four-year career at Liberty in 2015 as the program and Big South record holder with 25.0 career sacks. The defensive lineman also ranks second in school history and third in the Big South record books with 44.0 career tackles for a loss.
Uzowihe was showered with honors during his senior year. The three-time All-Big South defensive end was named the 2015 Big South Defensive Player of the Year and was a finalist for the STATS FCS Defensive Player of the Year award. He earned All-America honors from STATS FCS and the Associated Press.
Lewellyn was part of three Big South championship teams as a player (2009, 2010 and 2012) and three more as part of the Flames' coaching staff in 2013, 2014 and 2016.
After only playing in nine games and recording five total tackles before his senior year, Lewellyn impressed Liberty's new coaching staff in 2012 and finished off his career in a Flames uniform by having a banner season.
Following spring practice, Lewellyn was named one of four team captains, and he went on to start all 11 games during Liberty's 2012 Big South Conference championship season.
Lewellyn finished the year ranked second on the team in tackles for a loss (5.5) and recorded a career-high 20 tackles during the 2012 campaign (10 solo, 10 assisted). He led the Flames and ranked No. 2 in the Big South with 5.0 sacks.
The Danbury, N.C., native saved his best performances of the season for Liberty's top ranked opponents. He recorded season-high tackle totals in Liberty's games against No. 14/12 Montana, No. 16/13 Lehigh and No. 6/8 Stony Brook. Against Stony Brook, Lewellyn finished the game with three tackles, including two sacks, to help the Flames knock off their first Top 10 ranked team in program history.
Lewellyn was part of a defensive unit that helped the Flames finish the year ranked No. 15 nationally in total defense (314.73 yards allowed per game) and No. 24 in rushing defense (126.09).
Lewellyn, a graduate from Liberty in 2013 with a degree in kinesiology, and his wife, Casey, reside in the Lynchburg area.