2016 Hall of Fame Class
(Left to Right): Randy Tomlin, Todd Setsma, Ed Vickers, Steve Kearns and Annie Hunt Fairchild
Annie Hunt Fairchild
Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field: 1984-88
Annie Hunt Fairchild is Liberty’s most decorated female student-athlete at the NCAA Division II level. She was a five-time All-America honoree, earning All-America accolades in the women’s outdoor track & field 1,500 meters (1986, 1987 and 1988), indoor track & field 1,500 meters (1988) and cross country (1987).
During Fairchild’s time with the program, Liberty captured three Mason-Dixon Cross Country Championships (1985, 1986 and 1987). The Lady Flames also completed the “Triple Crown” sweep during her final year at Liberty, winning the 1988 Mason-Dixon Indoor and Outdoor Track Championships.
Fairchild helped the Lady Flames reach the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships each of Liberty’s three seasons at the Division II level (1985-87). Liberty had three top 15 finishes at the event, including a fourth-place showing at the 1987 national championship during her senior season.
The native of Dallas, Texas, was named the Rock Royer/Mac Rivera Award winner in 1988, Liberty’s top student-athlete honor. Fairchild also was a four-time All-Mason-Dixon Conference performer in cross country and was named the MVP at the 1988 Mason-Dixon Conference Indoor Track Championship.
Steve Kearns came to Liberty as a defensive end, but finished his career with the Flames as an All-America tight end and wide receiver. At the time of his graduation, Kearns ranked as the program’s all-time career leader in receiving yards (1,210) and touchdown receptions (10).
Kearns led the Flames in receiving yards in 1977 (537) and 1978 (347). He set a program record with seven touchdown receptions in 1978, a mark that would stand for six seasons until fellow Athletics Hall of Fame selection Fred Banks surpassed it in 1984.
The native of Ontario, Canada, was one of six Liberty players named to the 1978 Churchmen’s All-America team, as he earned second-team honors. In 1979, Kearns helped the Flames post a 9-1-1 record and finish the season ranked No. 18 in the final NAIA Top 25 national poll.
Following his standout career with the Flames, Kearns became the first player in program history to be selected in a professional football draft. He was a fourth round draft pick by British Columbia in the 1980 Canadian Football League Draft. Kearns played three seasons in British Columbia, helping his team make the 1981 CFL Playoffs and advance to the Western Division Championship game.
Men’s Golf: 1993-95
Todd Setsma set the standard for Division I men’s golfers at Liberty, as he was the Flames’ first standout golfer at the top level of intercollegiate competition and a he was stellar student in the classroom.
Setsma helped the Flames capture the program’s first two team titles at the Division I level, leading the Flames to victory at the Davis and Elkins Invitational and the Liberty/Water’s Edge Classic during his senior year of competition. He was also the second Division I golfer in program history to capture individual medalist honors, posting a 4-under par 140 winning score at the 1994 Charleston Southern Invitational.
The native of Grand Rapids, Mich., was named to the All-Big South Men’s Golf Team as a junior and senior (1994 and 1995). He was also honored for his efforts in the classroom during his senior year when he was named the 1995 Big South Men’s Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year and to the GCAA/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar team.
The 1995 winner of the Rock Royer/Mac Rivera Award, Liberty’s top student-athlete honor, played professionally on five different tours following his playing career at Liberty and advanced to the second stage of PGA Tour Q School twice.
Randy Tomlin helped usher Liberty’s baseball program into the NCAA Division I era, setting standards that have stood for decades following his standout three-year career with the team.
Tomlin finished his career with the Flames with 22 career complete games and four shutouts, both program records still held to this day. During his sophomore season, the left-handed pitcher tossed three shutouts in 1986, becoming one of three players to set the program’s single-season shutout record.
The native of Madison Heights, Va., pitched 11 innings in a 4-3 victory over Slippery Rock in 1986, the longest outing by a Liberty pitcher in program history. He finished his career with a 3-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio, tallying 211 strikeouts in 273.0 career innings pitched.
Tomlin was selected in the 18th round of the 1988 Major League Baseball draft and became the third player in program history to play at the major league level. He played five seasons in Pittsburgh, helping the Pirates to NL East Division titles in 1990-92. Following his professional career, Tomlin served 10 years on staff at Liberty as a pitching coach, helping the Flames capture Big South titles in 1998 and 2000.
Men’s Basketball: 1978-80
Ed Vickers was a key component in Liberty’s 1980 NCCAA National Championship team, earning NCCAA All-America honorable mention, all-tournament and all-district honors during Liberty’s run to the national title.
Vickers ranks as one of the program’s top 10 all-time scorers, finishing his career with 1,658 career points, while holding the program’s career mark for defensive rebounds (658). The forward is the only player in program history to reach the 400-rebound mark in a season, accomplishing the feat during his junior (401) and senior (416) seasons.
Vickers tied a program record with 18 field goals against Guilford on Feb. 10, 1979, matching the program’s single-game record set by fellow Athletics Hall of Fame players Bailey Alston and Karl Hess.
The native of Headland, Ala, helped Liberty set a program record with 28 wins en route to the 1980 NCCAA National Championship title during his senior season. Following his career, Vickers spent three seasons on staff as an assistant coach (1981-83), helping a 23-9 Flames team reach the third round of the NAIA National Tournament in 1983.