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    Kirk Handy

    Title: Vice President & Athletic Director Email: kshandy@liberty.edu Phone: (434) 592-4193

    Entering his 22nd season coaching at Liberty, Handy has compiled a 476-89-29 record after guiding the Flames to their second ACHA Division I “Frozen Four” this past April near St. Louis. He played right wing for the Flames’ ACHA DII team from 1996-2000, earning ACCHL Forward of the Year and Tournament MVP honors before being inducted into that conference’s Hall of Fame in 2015. Handy was a finalist for ACHA Division I Coach of the Year in 2006-07 after leading Liberty to the national tournament in its first season competing at that level. The following season, he took the Flames to their first “Frozen Four” and a No. 4 national ranking. In 2019-20, at the end of a 33-4 season highlighted by a No. 2 ranking for the final three months, Handy was named ACHA DI Coach of the Year.

    Besides serving as Head Coach, Handy is now Liberty’s Vice President & Athletic Director for Club Sports. He has always had a passion and desire to see Liberty University continue to grow and develop into the vision of Dr. Jerry Falwell Sr. Handy was instrumental in the planning, development and building of the LaHaye Ice Center and the hockey program’s three ACHA men’s teams, at Divisions I, II, and III. In the early days, he handled everything from ticket sales to advertising, recruiting, and game operations, while also working in Liberty’s admissions department and overseeing recruitment events, such as College For A Weekend (CFAW). In Fall 2008, Handy helped start Liberty’s Club Sports department, which began with just five teams and 82 student-athletes and has grown to 40 teams and more than 600 student-athletes.

    “I believe Liberty University is the greatest University in the world,” he said. “My wife and I consider it a privilege to serve at Liberty and carry on the vision of Dr. Falwell to build young Champions for Christ.”

    The native of Huntsville, Ontario, Canada, is married to Jannie and the couple has four sons — Parker, Preston, Pryce and Porter.

    Staff News

    DI men’s hockey lands 12 players on ACHA Academic All-America team

    Liberty's ACHA Division I men’s hockey team placed an even dozen players — nearly half of its 26-man roster — on the ACHA Division I Academic All-American team, released this week.

    June 16, 2022

    Club Sports student-athletes continue to raise the bar for academic success

    Liberty’s 634 student-athletes competing on one or more of the 41 distinct Club Sports teams maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.35 for the Spring 2022 semester, establishing a new program record high.

    May 25, 2022

    Defenseman transferring in from NCAA DIII program brings leadership, physicality

    Colten Kovich, a 6-foot, 3-inch, 205-pound defenseman from Coquitlam, B,C., received clearance this week to transfer to Liberty's ACHA Division I men’s hockey team from NCAA DIII Albertus Magnus.

    May 19, 2022

    DI Flames hockey presents season awards at annual team banquet

    Junior goalie Hunter Virostek was selected as the team’s MVP while freshman defenseman Aleksandr Charin was designated the Most Improved Player and sophomore forward DJ Schwenke the Hardest Worker.

    April 21, 2022

    DI men’s hockey recruit Feamster will add speed, scoring touch to Flames’ front lines this fall

    Sam Feamster, a 5-foot, 11-inch, 170-pound right wing from Pueblo, Colo., totaled 46 goals and 41 assists in 46 games as an alternate captain for the Helena (Mont.) Bighorns' Junior A Tier III team.

    April 14, 2022

    DI Flames battle back against Rebels in ACHA quarters before suffering 4-2 season-ending setback

    Fifth-ranked Liberty rallied from a 3-0 deficit after the first period to pull within 3-2 with more than 3 minutes remaining in regulation before losing to No. 4 UNLV for the third time in four tries.

    March 13, 2022

    Flames overpower Fighting Illini in opener with offensive punch in all three periods

    No. 5 Liberty scored twice in the first period, three times in the second, and twice in the third to oust No. 12 Illinois and advance to Sunday's 11:15 a.m. (EST) quarterfinal rematch with No. 4 UNLV.

    March 12, 2022

    Flames fully focused on rematch with Fighting Illini in ACHA DI nationals opener in St. Louis

    Liberty, which qualified for a 14th tournament appearance in 16 seasons at Division I, ultimately seeks a second straight trip to the 'Frozen Four' and first national championship in program history.

    March 11, 2022

    Flames fine-tune for nationals by outshooting Saints, 34-9, in 4-1 regular-season-ending win

    In a rematch of last spring's ACHA Division I Men's Hockey National Championship opener at Maryville University, Liberty got one last tune-up for Saturday's 2022 second-round game against Illinois.

    March 8, 2022

    Flames seeded fifth, to face No. 12 Illinois in ACHA DI National Championships opener on March 12

    Liberty slipped two spots in this week's ACHA DI national rankings after splitting last weekend's home series against Jamestown, so it must win four games in four days to claim the title in St. Louis.

    February 23, 2022

    Flames allow Jimmies to rally from 2-0 deficit, come away with series split after 3-2 upset

    Liberty gave up three unanswered goals in the final two periods, falling for the first time in four meetings with Jamestown (N.D.) in the home season finale Saturday night at the LaHaye Ice Center.

    February 20, 2022

    Flames hold 2-to-1 advantage in shots and goals as defense jams Jimmies in series opener

    Liberty improved to 3-0 in its series with Jamestown (N.D.) that started last fall, getting goals from leading scorer Jason Foltz and the first of freshman Luke Heimann's career in the 2-1 home win.

    February 18, 2022

    Shorthanded Flames complete series sweep with shootout win over Bobcats

    Liberty let a 3-1 lead slip away in the third period and both teams went scoreless in overtime before Flames Jacob Kalandyk and Brett Gammer scored and Hunter Virostek made six saves in the shootout.

    February 12, 2022

    Flames end three-game skid by doubling up Bobcats, 4-2, evening all-time series

    No. 5-ranked Liberty rallied from a 1-0 deficit at the end of the first period to score two goals in the second period and two more in the third top top the No. 15 Bobcats on Friday in Bird Arena.

    February 11, 2022

    No. 3 Flames outdueled in OT by No. 2 Minot State in epic ‘Star Wars’ battle

    Liberty rallied from a two-goal deficit for the second straight night only to come up empty in overtime, as it was outshot by Minot State 35-23 for the game.

    February 5, 2022

    No. 3 Flames’ upset bid thwarted by No. 2 Beavers in ‘Star Wars’ series opener

    Liberty allowed Minot to overcome a 1-0 deficit in the first period and then break open a 3-3 tie with two goals in the final 10 minutes of the third, the last an empty-netter, for a 5-3 road win.

    February 4, 2022

    No. 3 Flames to entertain No. 2 Minot State with stellar national semifinals rematch

    Liberty's No. 3-ranked ACHA DI men's hockey team will host its fourth and fifth 'Star Wars Nights' this weekend at LaHaye Ice Center, seeking to upset the No, 2 Beavers for the first time since 2015.

    January 31, 2022

    ‘Midnight’ Rebels salvage split with Flames on power-play goals by Johnson

    No. 4-ranked UNLV turned the tables on Liberty's No. 3-ranked ACHA Division I men's hockey team in their 'Midnight Mayhem' matchup by rallying for a 3-1 upset win.

    January 30, 2022

    Flames snatch opener from Rebels with spectacular goals by Foltz, Ottenbreit

    Liberty netted three goals on the power play, taking advantage of eight UNLV penalties, and forward Kam Ottenbreit had one shorthanded score, with its PK limiting the Rebels to one power-play goal.

    January 28, 2022

    Flames show resilience on road, sinking rival Seawolves, 6-4 in rematch

    Liberty turned the tables on Stony Brook by opening a 4-0 lead on its host late in the second period before withstanding a valiant comeback effort to salvage a semester-opening series split.

    January 23, 2022

    Flames shut out for first time in a year at former ESCHL rival Stony Brook

    Liberty went 0-for-5 on the power play and lost its 2022 opener against the former ESCHL rival Seawolves by a 5-0 count on Saturday night at The Rinx on Long Island, N.C.

    January 22, 2022

    Flames travel to Big Apple to open new year with showdown against Seawolves

    Liberty (15-4), which rose to No. 3 in this week's ACHA DI national rankings, will open 2022 the same way it did from 2014-19, at Stony Brook on Long Island, N.Y.

    January 19, 2022

    Bartel rounds out DI men’s hockey’s leadership group as second alternate captain

    Senior forward Matt Bartel joins defensemen Colin Baird and Chaydan Lauber as the Flames' three captains for the spring semester, which will start Jan. 22-23 at Stony Brook (N.Y.) on Long Island.

    January 11, 2022

    Transfer defenseman looks to contribute on ice while growing spiritually on campus

    Liberty University’s ACHA Division I men’s hockey team will be joined this spring semester by transfer defensemen Cam Kuhl.

    December 30, 2021

    Flames forwards go ‘Black Friday’ goal-mining in 9-0 rout of Mountaineers

    Liberty got goals from seven different players, including freshman forward Jacob Kalandyk's first hat trick, and a shutout from Tyler Myers in goal in a packed LaHaye Ice Center for 'Midnight Mayhem.'

    December 4, 2021

    Flames double up Chicago Classic host Illini, 6-3; advance to Sunday’s final against UNLV

    Liberty overcame an early 1-0 Illinois lead by scoring single goals in the first and second periods before exploding for four more in the third, improving to 2-0 in the Classic and 13-3 overall.

    November 20, 2021

    Flames dominate Davenport, roll to 11-2 first-round win in Chicago Classic

    Graduate defenseman Chaydan Lauber recorded a hat trick and the Flames got two goals from forwards Josh Fricks, DJ Schwenke, and Kam Ottenbreit, setting up Saturday's game against host Illinois.

    November 20, 2021

    DI Flames look to pounce on Bobcats early rather than stage another late rally

    Liberty has rallied in the third period to win three of its past four games, which may help the Flames stage future comebacks, though Head Coach Kirk Handy would rather see them lead from the start.

    November 10, 2021

    No. 3 Flames battle back to complete sweep of No. 4 Seawolves in a shootout

    Liberty allowed its first power play goal at home this season in the first three minutes and gave up a shorthanded goal at the end of the second period before catching fire in the third.

    November 6, 2021

    Flames’ PK stays unscored upon at home in 3-1 series-opening win over Seawolves

    In a clash of former ESCHL rivals, No. 3 Liberty jumped out to a 2-0 first-period lead and held off No. 4 Stony Brook with the help of its penalty kill unit, which hasn't allowed a goal at the LIC.

    November 5, 2021

    Flames stage another ‘cardiac’ comeback in third period to sweep series at Jamestown

    Liberty overcame a 1-0 deficit at the end of the second period for the second night in a row, with sophomore forward Jason Foltz netting the equalizer and freshman Jackson Vercellono the game winner.

    October 19, 2021

    On second leg of N.D. trip, Flames net three unanswered goals to win first-ever faceoff with Jamestown

    Liberty's penalty kill shut out the Jimmies on multiple occasions in the third period, when the Flames' attack scored all three of its goals in Monday night's 3-1 come-from-behind victory.

    October 18, 2021

    No. 4 Beavers defend home ice, complete sweep of No. 3 Flames

    Liberty allowed two turnovers in the neutral zone that led to breakaway goals by the Beavers and was called for 11 penalties which led to a power-play insurance goal at the end of the second period.

    October 17, 2021

    Sluggish start backfires on No. 3 Flames in DI semifinal rematch with No. 4 Beavers

    Liberty's penalty kill gave up its first two goals of the season and the third-ranked Flames sustained their first setback at No. 4 Minot State in a rematch of last season's national semifinal.

    October 15, 2021

    Flames PK stays perfect as Le Sieur pitches shutout in sweep of Blue Hens

    Liberty shut down Delaware's power play eight times including two 5-on-3 opportunities in the second period and extended its winning streak over the Blue Hens to 17 games.

    October 10, 2021

    Flames erupt for five first-period goals in 10-1 triumph over Blue Hens

    Liberty's ACHA Division I men's hockey team, now an independent program, defeated former ESCHL rival Delaware for the 16th consecutive time Friday night at home.

    October 8, 2021

    Special teams deliver, high-energy crowd stirs Flames to sweep of Wolverines 

    The late-night crowd at the LaHaye Ice Center showed why it won the "Battle of the Barns" contest by cheering Liberty's ACHA Division I men's hockey team to a 5-2 Game 2 win over Michigan-Dearborn.

    October 3, 2021

    Club Sports teams joining in Liberty’s 50th anniversary celebration

    As Liberty University celebrates 50 years of Training Champions for Christ this year, many of the 40 Club Sports teams are recognizing the historic milestone symbolically and through alumni events.

    October 1, 2021

    Flames debut at No. 3 in ACHA Division I men’s hockey rankings

    Off to a 2-0 start, Liberty begins 2021-22 at the same spot in the rankings where it ended last season, following their first trip to the 'Frozen Four' since 2008.

    September 27, 2021

    Men’s volleyball team enjoys playing sport with Afghans at Fort Pickett

    A total of 24 members of the Flames traveled and interacted with adults and youth from Afghanistan who recently arrived on the base, with Club Sports women's beach volleyball players planning a trip.

    September 25, 2021