Former Liberty standout Jose Gomez has been a member of the Liberty coaching staff since 2014. He enters his first year as Associate Head Coach, after serving in an assistant coaching position at his alma mater. The former Flames forward oversees and share responsibilities in recruiting, coaching and practice planning, scheduling, professional development and the program's administration. Gomez joined the Liberty men's soccer coaching staff in 2014 after nine seasons as the head men's soccer coach at Palm Beach Atlantic in West Palm Beach, Fla. He led the Sailfish to a 103-65-15 overall record during his tenure and guided Palm Beach Atlantic to the program's first-ever National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Championship in 2010.
The Valrico, Fla., native was named NSCAA/NCCAA National Coach of the Year in 2010. He was also selected the NCCAA South Region Coach of the Year in 2012. Off the field, Gomez' 2013 team earned a NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 2012-13 year.
In 2013, Gomez earned his 100th career coaching victory, leading Palm Beach Atlantic to 10-3-1 record. The Sailfish ranked as high as No. 10 in the NSCAA Top 25 and finished the year third in the nation in total offense.
Gomez' 2012 team posted the most successful year since entering the NCAA Division II ranks in 2006, finishing the year with a 14-4-2 record. The Sailfish went on to claim their seventh consecutive NCCAA South Region Championship in school history.
Also during his time in South Florida, Gomez was on staff of the Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) League's MagicJack in 2011. The team had nine United States World Cup players including Abby Wambach, Hope Solo, Christie Rampone and Becky Sauerbrunn. He was responsible for the preparation and coaching of daily training sessions when the players returned from the World Cup in Germany. The team finished third in the WPS in 2011.
Gomez was named to the 1990-99 Big South All-Decade team for his play during his four seasons as a Liberty Flame from 1997-2000. He was the 2000 Big South Player of the Year and a four-time Big South All-Conference team member. The forward was selected to the all-conference first team in both 1999 and 2000, while being named to the all-conference second team in 1997 and 1998. He also was named to All-South Atlantic Region in 1999 and 2000.
Gomez is currently tied for fifth on Liberty's career goals list with 32 and ranks sixth all-time on the program's career points list with 77. In 2000 as a senior, the forward led the Flames in scoring with nine goals and three assists for 21 points.
Gomez was drafted by the Charlotte Eagles in 2000 and played with the team for three seasons, earning All A-League second-team honors in 2002. During this time, he trained with the Chicago Fire and with D.C. United. In 2004, Gomez moved to Virginia where he continued his professional career playing with the Virginia Beach Mariners for two seasons.
Gomez holds a USSF "A" license, a NSCAA Premier Diploma and a NSCAA National Youth license.
Gomez graduated from Liberty in May of 2000 with a bachelor's degree in communications and earned a MBA from Liberty in 2006. Gomez, his wife Carrie, their daughter, Selah, and son, Royce, reside in Lynchburg, Va.