In an effort to reintroduce Flames Nation to some of its greats from the past, LibertyFlames.com will be interviewing each member of the 2020 Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame class.
On May 1, Liberty Athletics announced the 2020 Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame class. The six-member class is the 12th to be inducted into the Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame.
The class includes Larry Blair II (men's basketball), Henry Elliott (men's track & field), Andrea [Wildrick] Hampson (women's track & field), Morgan Hout (football head coach), Samuel Johnson (men's soccer) and Jeff Mincey (baseball).
The Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held Oct. 9 at the Alumni Ballroom on the third floor of the Montview Student Union. Additionally, the six-member class will receive special recognition during Liberty's Homecoming Weekend football game against Louisiana-Monroe on Oct. 10.
The Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame celebrates the best of the best, honoring those who helped shape the face of Liberty Athletics. The Hall of Fame's now 63 members have each played a key role in helping Liberty grow from an NCCAA program in 1972 to its current status as a thriving NCAA Division I program.
Morgan Hout Football Head Coach: 1984-88
Morgan Hout was a pioneer and the visionary head coach that guided Liberty's football program through the transition from the NCAA Division II ranks into the Division I era.
Hout was at the helm of the football program from 1984-88, where he coached 11 All-Americans. He also helped recruit 11 Liberty football players who went on to play in the NFL, including the two highest NFL Draft selections in football program history.
Hout's squads continually faced off against the toughest competition in the country. His 1984 team wrapped up the season with a 27-14 win over NAIA ranked No. 1 Carson-Newman, marking the first time in program history Liberty defeated the No. 1 ranked team in the country at any level.
The native of Marietta, Ga., guided Liberty to an 8-3 record during the program's first year at the NCAA I-AA level in 1988, and finished the year ranked No. 18 in the country. He was duly honored for his efforts when he was named the 1988 VaSID Coach of the Year and the Bobby Ross Coach of the Year.