On Monday night, Liberty Athletics celebrated with its fifth annual FLAMESPY Award show during which men's basketball's head coach Ritchie McKay was named Coach of the Year.
McKay returned to Liberty on April 1, 2015 after spending six seasons as an associate head at Virginia. Despite being predicted to finish 11th in the Big South Preseason Poll, the Flames clinched the No. 5 seed and a first round bye in the 2016 Big South Championship, finishing 10-8 in conference play.
Liberty's win total marks the first time the program has garnered 10 Big South victories since the 2010-11 season, when the Flames set a program record with 13 conference wins.
This year, Liberty's Big South slate was highlighted by a seven-game win streak in games played Jan.19-Feb.13, marking the fourth longest streak in program history. During the span, the Flames earned two wins over preseason favorite and current No. 1 seed High Point, as well as an 88-77 victory over No. 2 seed Winthrop (Feb. 2).
Click here for a full recap on the 2016 FLAMESPY Award show evening.
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