Purchase tickets to the Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet Recently, LFSN reporter Nick Pierce had a chance to catch up with 2019 Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame inductee Steve Isaacs, a former standout on Liberty's men's basketball team.
The five-member class, the 11th to be inducted into the Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame, will be honored during special ceremonies surrounding Liberty's football matchup with Buffalo on Sept. 14 at Williams Stadium.
The five-member class includes Renard Brown (baseball), Johnnie Engelhardt (men's cross country/track & field), Steve Isaacs (men's basketball), Mickey Paige (football) and Sharon [Wilkerson] Emory (women's basketball).
The Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held Sept. 13 on the Club Pavilion level of the Carter Tower. Additionally, the five-member class will receive special recognition during the Buffalo contest the evening following the ceremony.
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 57 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.
Steve Isaacs Men's Basketball: 1980-83
Liberty's all-time career leader in rebounding, Steve Isaacs continually crashed the boards for the Flames to help him become the eighth men's basketball player to join the Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame.
Isaacs completed his stellar four-year career with 1,130 career rebounds and is one of only three players in program history with 1,000 career boards. He also ranks fifth in program history, having scored 1,777 career points, while averaging 14.2 points per game and 9.2 rebounds per contest for the Flames on the hardwood.
The Flames posted a pair of 20-win seasons during his time at Liberty, including a 28-11 record during his freshman year, which ranks first in school history in wins in a season in the pre-Division I era. Isaacs' strong play as a freshman helped the Flames capture the 1980 NCCAA national championship.
Isaacs was named to two All-America teams during his collegiate career, earning NAIA All-America honorable mention status in 1982 and a spot on the 1983 NAIA All-America second team. The native of Cincinnati, Ohio, finished his career with 26 20-point games and three 30-point games.