Jeff Barber, B.S.
Director of Athletics
Mickey Guridy. B.S., M.B.A.
Senior Associate Athletics Director, Internal Operations
Meredith Eaker, B.S., M.A.
Associate Athletics Director, Senior Woman Administrator
Kevin Keys, B.S.
Associate Athletics Director, External Operations
Kristie Beitz, B.S., M.S., Ed.S.
Associate Athletics Director for Academic Affairs
Bob Good, B.S.
Director of Athletics Development
Executive Director, Flames Club
Mike Hagen, B.S., M.A.
Assistant Athletics Director for Compliance
Todd Wetmore, B.S.
Assistant Athletics Director for Communications
Anna Whitehurst, B.S.
Assistant Athletics Director, Ticket Operations
Intercollegiate athletic programs are an integral part of American college life. At Liberty, athletics constitutes a vital segment of the area of physical education and an integral part of the total University program.
Liberty offers 20 NCAA Division I athletics programs, giving student-athletes the opportunity to compete at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics. The Flames have been a NCAA Division I program since 1988 and a dominant member of the Big South Conference since 1991, winning ten Big South Sasser Cups and more than 100 conference titles since joining the league.
The men’s and women’s programs offer scholarship aid according to NCAA Division I standards. All interested students are encouraged to contact the head coach of the athletics program of interest. For more information, visit the official Flames website at http://www.LibertyFlames.com.
MEN Baseball Golf Basketball Soccer Cross Country Tennis Football Track and Field (Indoor and Outdoor)
WOMEN Basketball Softball Cross Country Swimming Field Hockey Tennis Lacrosse Track and Field (Indoor and Outdoor) Soccer Volleyball
ACADEMIC AFFAIRS FOR ATHLETICS
The primary mission of Academic Affairs for Athletics at Liberty University is to provide continuous academic, athletic, social, and spiritual development for each student athlete. Utilizing the expertise of our staff in collaboration with institutional programs at Liberty University, our student-athletes receive professional advising, career and academic skill development, tutoring, and mentoring services. Our program assists student-athletes in finding and maintaining a balance between the demands of athletics and academics while preparing them as socially responsible individuals for life after athletics.
Mission and Philosophy
The mission of the Liberty University Cheerleading team is first and foremost to glorify the Lord Jesus in everything we do. We strive to maintain a positive image and be ambassadors for the University by upholding the values and expectations of the cheerleading program and the University. While on the Liberty University Cheerleading team, athletes are encouraged and guided spiritually, academically, socially, emotionally and physically. It is the goal of the program to help minister to the athletes and to help coach them not only in cheerleading, but in life, helping to shape them into confident and capable adults. Further, the purpose of the Liberty University Cheerleading team is to provide positive support for athletics teams, participate in various Liberty and community events, and participate in fundraising activities as appropriate to support the program.
Program Structure and Basic Information
Liberty University’s cheerleading program is composed of two coed squads, the Red Squad and the White Squad. The Red Squad will consist of 16 to 20 members and will cheer at all home football games and most of the Men’s basketball games. The Red Squad will also compete at UCA College Nationals. The White Squad will consist of 16 to 20 members and will cheer at all home football games and most of the women’s basketball games. There may or may not be alternates for each squad. The Red Squad and most of the White Squad is chosen at the spring tryout. There will be a fall tryout to fill any additional places for the White Squad.
Cheerleaders practice on average three times per week for 2-3 hours each and have required weight room workouts two times per week. In addition to practices there are various community and University events the cheerleaders take part in.
For more information on the program or the application process, tryout procedures and scholarship aid, please visit us online at http://www.LibertyFlames.com.
STUDENT FLAMES CLUB
Founded in 2006, the Student Flames Club (SFC) is designed for students who are passionate about Liberty Athletics. The Student Flames Club exists to promote school spirit, enhance the gameday atmosphere at Liberty athletics events, and to give the student body an avenue to identify with the University’s athletics programs. The SFC also provides participating members priority premium tailgating for home games and ticketing for away games and postseason events. Membership benefits include an authentic red Nike SFC T-shirt, discounts at the Liberty University Bookstore and Liberty Dining locations on campus, exclusive game-day tailgating privileges, priority on tickets for away games, and post-season tournament and playoff tickets. For more information, visit the Flames Club office on the Second floor of the Williams Stadium Tower, call 434-592-4693, email at SFC@liberty.edu, or visit the official Flames website at http://www.LibertyFlames.com.
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