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    Kirk Handy

    Title: Head Coach Email: menshockey@liberty.edu Phone: (434) 592-4193 Start Date: 01/15/2000 Undergraduate Education: Liberty University, B.S. Psychology, 1999

    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.

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    Junior forward Matt Bartel netted a hat trick off of assists from linemates Brett Gammer and DJ Schwenke, who added a shorthanded goal to help clinch the come-from-behind victory.

    September 19, 2021

    Crowd fans Flames to 9-0 win over Crimson Hawks in season opener

    Liberty used a hat trick from freshman forward Truett Olson and three assists from freshman defenseman Matt Berezowski,to blast IUP with four goals late in the third period.

    September 17, 2021

    Flames to battle Crimson Hawks, Icepack in weekend openers

    Friday's season opener against Indiana University of Pennsylvania will mark the LU debuts of 11 new players before the Flames stage their first late-night game against NC State on Saturday at 10 p.m.

    September 16, 2021

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    Former Flames forward Brock Thompson, who graduated following his fifth season of eligibility in May, had life-changing experiences at Liberty and on the January 2020 trip to Finland.

    September 15, 2021

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    September 15, 2021

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