Following the Liberty volleyball team's first fall practice, LFSN's Nick Pierce had a chance to interview Head Coach Trevor Johnson and junior right-side hitter Casey Goodwin.
The interviews covered the team's first practice, along with a look ahead at the 2018 season, Liberty's first year in the ASUN Conference. The Lady Flames will continue practicing for the next two weeks, leading up to the season opener, Aug. 24 against Indiana State as part of the Fort Wayne Invitational in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Johnson, entering his first year at the helm, brings an impressive resume to Liberty. He was an assistant coach for the last three years in the Big 12 (Baylor – 2015, Texas A&M – 2016-17) after posting an 86-14 career record as a head coach at the NAIA level. He is the only athlete in the history of the NAIA to win a national championship as a player, assistant coach and head coach.
Goodwin, a native of Rougemont, N.C., had a standout season as a sophomore, earning Big South All-Conference and VaSID All-State second team honors. She led the team in kills, while splitting time at the right-side and outside hitter positions. A digital media performance major, Goodwin spent the summer as an intern for the Liberty Athletics Video department.
Lynchburg area volleyball fans will get their first look at the 2018 Lady Flames at the Red-White Scrimmage, held at the Vines Center on Aug. 21 at 6 p.m. Admission to all Liberty volleyball matches is free and open to the public. Liberty's first regular-season home match will be Sept. 11, when the Lady Flames welcome the Virginia Cavaliers to the Vines Center. The month of October features nine home matches for Liberty, including eight conference tilts and one non-conference contest.
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