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Coach's Corner with Dale Layer: 2010-11 Review

March 15, 2011  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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With the 2010-11 Liberty men's basketball campaign in the books, head coach Dale Layer recently spoke with Alan York of the Flames Sports Network to review the Flames' season. In the season-ending edition of Coach's Corner, Layer and York look back at this past season, while taking a peek at what the future holds for Flames basketball.

2010-11 Highlights
- The Flames finished the season 13-5 in Big South play, setting a new record for most conference wins in a single season.

- Head coach Dale Layer became the first coach in program history to earn Big South Coach of the Year honors. After being picked to finish No. 6 in the Big South preseason poll, Liberty finished the regular season at No. 2 in the standings.

- Four Flames earned Big South all-conference honors, this season. Jesse Sanders was named the Big South Player of the Year, becoming the first Liberty player in school history to receive the recognition. In addition to Sanders' top honors, Evan Gordon and John Brown were tabbed second team all-conference. Jeremy Anderson rounded out the honorees, as he was named to the Big South all-academic team for the second-straight season.

- Brown led the Big South in rebounds during the 2010-11 season, averaging 10.8 boards per game. Brown is the first Flame to average 10 rebounds or more since Mike Coleman accomplished the feat during the 1990-91 season, the year before Liberty joined the Big South. The Savannah, Ga., native is also the first Flame to lead the Big South in rebounds since Leo Lightbourne did so during the 2004-05 season, pulling down 7.0 boards per game.

- Sanders topped the Big South in assists, dishing out 5.7 assists per game (183). The Flames' floor general now has 472 assists for his career at Liberty and needs 133 to snatch the top spot for the conference's career record, which is currently held by Radford's Amir Johnson. Sanders also needs 177 helpers to surpass Karl Hess (648) for the most career assists in program history.

- In addition to pacing the conference in assists, Sanders made Big South history this season, becoming the first player to garner 500 career rebounds and 400 assists. Along with his 472 helpers, Sanders also has 566 boards at Liberty. On Jan. 6, he also became the first player in Big South history to garner three career triple-doubles, finishing with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in Liberty's 68-54 victory over Charleston Southern.