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Liberty To Retire Karl Hess' Jersey On Saturday

November 28, 2006  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Karl Hess is Liberty's career scoring leader with 2,373 points

Karl Hess is Liberty's career scoring leader with 2,373 points

Liberty University will retire men's basketball legend, Karl Hess' number 11 jersey on Saturday as part of a halftime ceremony during the Flames match-up with Conference USA foe East Carolina. 

Hess, a 5-11 guard from Shickshinney, Pa., was a four-year letterwinner for the Flames (1977-1980) and holds the school's all-time career scoring record with 2,373 points. Hess finds himself atop of many school record lists including first in field goals and field goals attempted (951-1,798). Hess ranks first in free throws (471), ranks first in free throw percentage (89.9%), ranks first in assists (648), and tied for first in games played (120). 

"It is a major priority of ours to create alumni involvement with the program and university alumni," said men's basketball head coach Randy Dunton. "We must never forget to connect the past foundation with the future success because they paved the way for the vision to become a reality."

Personal achievements include winning the Rock Royer-Mac Rivera Award (1980), NCCAA First Team All-American (1980), and CoSIDA Academic First Team All-American (1980) college division. 

Hess was a member of Liberty's 1980 NCCAA National Championship team, earning All-Tournament and MVP honors. Hess also earned NCCAA All-District laurels in 1980.
Currently Hess is a psychologist and resides in Lynchburg with his wife, April, and their two sons, Nate and Zack. Hess also travels extensively as a major college basketball referee, primarily officiating SEC, ACC and BIG EAST games. Game time is set for 7 p.m. and tickets are still available by calling (434) 582-SEAT.