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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.
Jeff Mincey Baseball: 1974-77
Jeff Mincey helped establish a standard of excellence for Liberty's baseball program as the four-time team captain was a part of the inaugural team in 1974.
In just three short seasons, Mincey and his fellow teammates went from start-up program to reaching the 30-win mark for the first time in program history. Liberty posted a 31-10 record in 1976, finishing the season with a win over No. 17 ranked South Carolina. Mincey led the team that season with nine home runs, along with a .343 batting average and 21 RBI.
incey was the first-ever player in program history selected in the Major League Baseball Draft. He was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 21st round in 1976, but he elected to return to Liberty for his senior season.
The native of Concord, Calif., returned to his alma mater in 1980 and served on staff as an assistant coach for eight seasons (1980-87). He was Liberty's first-ever full-time assistant coach, helping the Flames transition from the NAIA level to becoming Liberty's first program to play at the NCAA Division I level in 1984. While on staff, Mincey helped Liberty make three consecutive trips to the NAIA World Series (1981-83) and post the program's first-ever 40-win season in 1983 (40-17).