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    February 15, 2022 Lynchburg, Va. RSS |

    Liberty University’s Club Sports department will enshrine its ninth Hall of Fame class at a banquet and induction ceremony set for April 2 at noon at the William & Henry Restaurant in the Virginian Hotel in downtown Lynchburg.

    This year’s class is headlined by former crew rower Amy (McGowan) Lease (’12), a two-year team captain and member of the program’s first-ever national championship boat; men’s triathlete Joseph Anderson (’14), who went undefeated during the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Conference season; and men’s lacrosse attack Ryan Miller (’15), the Flames’ all-time leading scorer who was Liberty’s first inductee into the SouthEastern Lacrosse Conference (SELC) Hall of Fame in 2020.

    “We’re super excited, like every year, for all of the Club Sports Hall of Fame inductees and each class that the new year brings,” said Ben Hughes, Liberty Club Sports Director of Recruitment and the Varsity Club. “This year is also special for me that with the longevity of being here (for the past nine years) to see familiar faces start coming back to be eligible for the Hall of Fame is really neat.”

    He will emcee the event for the fourth consecutive year and looks forward to introducing them during the April 2 ceremony.

    “It’s a huge honor to be a part of getting to better know who they are and who they are continuing to become,” Hughes said. “I love to hear their stories not only from during their time at Liberty, as they relive a little bit of the glory days, but even now — testimonies of how their training at Liberty helped set them up for what they’re doing now and accomplishing in life as Champions for Christ.”

    Miller, a standout four-year starting attack, sparked the Flames to the 2013 Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) Division II National Championship semifinals before helping them successfully transition to Division I status in 2014. He was a four-time All-SELC First-Team selection, three-time MCLA Athletic All-American, and four-time MCLA Scholar All-American. After being named SELC Division II Rookie of the Year as a freshman, Miller earned SELC Division I Offensive Player of the Year honors his sophomore and senior seasons. He finished his career with a program-record 201 goals and 136 assists (337 points) in 56 games. He is currently in his second season serving as an assistant coach for the Flames, working with the offense. He was named Club Sports Male Athlete of the Year in 2016.

    Anderson, who was born in Germany and raised on bases around the United States and in locations throughout Africa and Europe as the son of a U.S. Army officer, took up the sport of triathlon in Zimbabwe, where he competed on its national team and became the Zimbabwean national champion in 2011. He had the opportunity to compete internationally at the start of his sophomore season, traveling with then Head Coach Beth Frackleton (a 2021 Club Sports Hall of Fame inductee) and then teammate Parker Spencer (’12, who served as head coach from 2014-18) in October 2012 to compete in the ITU World Age Group Championships in Auckland, N.Z.

    In the Fall 2013 semester, Anderson earned the “Club Sports Performance of the Year” honor at after winning the first Liberty Collegiate Triathlon held on campus. He also co-directed the race with Frackleton and went out of his way to help redirect a cyclist from the U.S. Naval Academy who had gone off course. Since graduating and marrying former Lady Flames triathlete Ginny (Mitchell) Anderson (’15, ’17), Anderson enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and was based internationally in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, before being stationed in Clearwater, Fla., last year.

    Lease, who joined the crew team in its second season in Fall 2009, quickly emerged as a leader. She experienced four podium finishes during her career rowing on the varsity lightweight 4 and 8 boats, including the program’s first American Collegiate Rowing Association (ACRA) national championship on May 27, 2011, at Lake Lanier, Ga. She was named the Lady Flames’ Most Improved Rower once and Rower of the Year twice in her three-year career. She and her husband, Jacob Lease (’13) are both Crossfit enthusiasts who live in Raleigh, N.C., where they welcomed their first son, Noah, in 2020, and are expecting a second child in June.

    By Ted Allen/Staff Writer