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Liberty Athletics Top Moments of 2016: No. 1

December 30, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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As the calendar winds down to the final days of 2016, the Liberty Flames Sports Network is looking back at the moments that made this athletics year special for Flames Nation.

Liberty Athletics Top Moments of 2016 continues today by looking at Moment No. 1, new leadership for Liberty Athletics and the baseball and women's soccer programs.

2016 was an exciting year for Liberty Athletics with the department receiving new leadership with the hiring of Director of Athletics Ian McCaw, baseball head coach Scott Jackson and women's soccer head coach Nate Norman. Norman guided the Lady Flames to the program's sixth Big South title during the fall, while McCaw became the 11th Director of Athletics in Liberty's history on Nov. 21.

The 2016 calendar year was another banner year in Liberty Athletics. Liberty captured Big South titles in eight sports (football, men's golf, men's indoor track & field, men's outdoor track & field, women's cross country, women's indoor track & field, women's outdoor track & field and women's soccer).

The Flames also captured the 2015-16 Big South Sasser Cup title, the 12th in program history, establishing a new standard for most Sasser Cup titles in league history. Liberty also won the Men's All-Sport and Women's All-Sport trophies, marking the third sweep in Liberty Athletics history of the Big South's major awards. thanks Flames Nation for their support of Liberty Athletics in 2016 and we look forward to another exciting year in 2017.

Liberty Athletics Top Moments of 2016:
No. 10 – Sam Matheson winning Big South Player of the Year honors/advancing to the NCAAs
No. 9 – Men's golf capturing the 2016 Big South Men's Golf Championship title
No. 8 – John Dawson hitting the game-winning shot to give men's basketball a win over High Point
No. 7 – Julia DiMartino throwing a no-hitter against Big South foe Gardner-Webb
No. 6 – Dexter Robbins blocked field goal attempt against Gardner-Webb to preserve an overtime win
No. 5 – Cross country and track & field claiming five of six Big South titles during the calendar year
No. 4 – Women's tennis capturing a share of the Big South regular season title
No. 3 – Women's soccer claiming the Big South title for the sixth time in program history
No. 2 – Liberty capturing the 2015-16 Big South Sasser Cup trophy
No. 1 – New leadership for Liberty Athletics and the baseball and women's soccer programs