Shane Pinder has led the Liberty volleyball program to reach new heights since taking the helm prior to the 2004 season. Pinder is the Lady Flames' all-time winningest coach, both overall and in conference games. In 13 years at the helm, he has posted a 238-176 record, including 135-53 in Big South play. Entering the 2017 season, Pinder is 11 conference wins away from setting a new record for volleyball coaching victories in Big South play. On Oct. 3, 2014 at Gardner-Webb, Pinder became Liberty's winningest volleyball coach. The following day at UNC Asheville, he became the fourth volleyball head coach in Big South history with 200 or more wins. He is currently ranked second in overall coaching victories by a Big South coach.
Under Pinder's leadership, the Lady Flames won six straight Big South regular-season titles from 2007-12, breaking the conference record for consecutive championships. Liberty appeared in the Big South final in each of those six seasons, claiming the championship in 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012. Additionally, the team claimed 20 or more victories for six straight years, from 2007-12. During that stretch, Liberty was the only NCAA Division I volleyball team to post six straight 20-win seasons, six conference regular-season titles in a row and six consecutive appearances in the conference final.
Under Pinder, Liberty has made four appearances in NCAA postseason play, clashing with ranked opponents each time. The Lady Flames took a set from Final Four participant California in 2007. They followed with a set victory over Final Four qualifier Nebraska the following year.
The 2014 Lady Flames reached 20 wins in their 25th match, downing Coastal Carolina on Oct. 18. Liberty was the second Division I program to reach 20 wins, trailing only Colorado State. Liberty raced to a 22-5 start after a 13-match winning streak. The Lady Flames finished 23-10, including 10-4 in Big South play. Liberty upset Virginia, 3-2 on Sept. 23, the team's first win over the Cavaliers since 1979.
Pinder has been named Big South Coach of the Year three times, in 2007, 2010 and 2012, while also earning the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) State Coach of the Year honor in 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012. He holds the VaSID and Big South records for most volleyball Coach of the Year awards.
The Lady Flames have been regular recipients of top honors during Pinder's tenure. Kallie Corbin became the first AVCA All-American in program history in 2008, and Chelaine McCarty followed suit in 2009. Pinder has coached two Big South Players of the Year (Corbin, '08; Caroline Douglas, ‘12), five Big South Freshmen of the Year and four Big South Tournament MVPs. A total of 17 Lady Flames have earned first team all-conference accolades under his direction, while he has coached five AVCA All-Region selections.
Liberty volleyball has also thrived academically, highlighted by the AVCA Team Academic Award in 2011. Kristin Colson earned Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year and CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in 2004, while Karyl Bacon was named Big South Woman of the Year in 2010. Following the 2012 season, Becca Haraf was named Big South Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Haraf then became Liberty's second-ever volleyball Academic All-American, being named to the second team in 2013. She received the prestigious George A. Christenberry Award for Academic Excellence and the Bob McCloskey Insurance Big South Conference Graduate Fellowship.
The Lady Flames swept the Big South major honors in 2012, with Douglas being named both Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year. Pinder was awarded his third Big South Volleyball Coach of the Year award, while Haraf was tabbed Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Liberty posted a 25-8 record during 2012, gaining its seventh Big South tournament title, second in a row and fourth in the last six seasons. Douglas led the Big South in kills and drew AVCA All-Region mention. The Lady Flames were nearly unbeatable at home, dropping just one set while going 9-0 at the Vines Center to improve their home winning streak to 14 matches. The Lady Flames faced No. 8 seed Minnesota in the NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship first round, falling, 34-32, in set three.
In 2011, the Lady Flames captured their conference-record sixth Big South tournament championship, punching a ticket to the NCAA Division I Volleyball Championship with a sweep of Radford in the Big South final. Liberty went 20-13 and met four-time defending national champion Penn State in the first round of NCAA Regional play.
The 2008 Lady Flames went 25-9 overall, wrapping up the squad's best two-year run at the NCAA Division I level. Liberty, which won its second straight Big South tournament title in 2008, went 52-18 combined during the 2007 and 2008 campaigns.
Pinder won his first Big South and VaSID State Coach of the Year honors in 2007, guiding a squad that captured the program's first Big South title since 2001. Liberty went 27-9 on the year, establishing a school NCAA Division I record for victories.
The Lady Flames swept Winthrop 3-0 on Oct. 27, 2007, halting the Eagles' 63-match Big South winning streak. The win was part of Liberty's string of 10 consecutive 3-0 sweeps during the month of October.
Prior to his head coaching position, Pinder spent three seasons (1999-2001) as an assistant on Liberty's coaching staff. In the role, he helped guide the Lady Flames to Big South Conference titles in 1999 and 2001 and two trips to the NCAA Division I Tournament.
Pinder, a native of Nassau, Bahamas, attended Broward Community College in Miami, Fla., for two years and graduated from Liberty Bible Institute in 2000 and Luther Rice Seminary in 2004.
Pinder and his wife, Haley, reside in the Lynchburg area with their daughter, Graysen Avie, who will turn 12 during the 2017 season, and their son, Clayton Guy, born Sept. 30, 2015.