Former Liberty catcher Payton Scarbrough joined the Flames coaching staff in July of 2018. Scarbrough works with the team's catchers and hitters and is responsible for Liberty's Elite Prospect Camps.
In his first full season as the volunteer assistant and first base coach, the Flames became the first team since 1993 to capture the ASUN title in its first season in the conference and advanced to an NCAA Regional for the first time since 2014. Liberty tied the program record for wins, posting a 43-21 mark. The Flames also finished second in the ASUN regular season standings with a 15-9 mark.
Scarbrough worked with catcher Jonathan Embry, the 2019 ASUN Player of the Year and ASUN Tournament MVP, along with working freshman Gray Betts. Embry, a redshirt junior, threw out 35 percent of baserunners attempting to steal and committed just one error in 54 games behind the plate. The Tampa Bay Rays selected Embry in the 10th round of June's Major League Draft. Meanwhile, Betts proved to be a solid backup throwing out over 50 percent of runners trying to steal in 10 games. Betts also later became the Flames left fielder, finishing the year as the team's leading hitter with a .314 batting average.
In two seasons at Liberty, Scarbrough played in 79 games, posting a .261 batting average with eight home runs, 33 RBI and 43 runs scored. The catcher threw out 39 percent of the runners trying to steal during his Flames career. In addition, Scarbrough earned inclusion on the Big South Presidential Honor Roll in each of his two years for his efforts in the classroom.
Before transferring to Liberty, he hit .383 with 39 RBI and 42 runs scored in 46 games at Eastern Oklahoma State in 2015.
Scarbrough graduated from Liberty with a degree in criminal justice in 2017. Payton finished his master's degree in Christian Ministry this past spring and he is currently working on a Doctoral Degree in Christian Leadership. Scarbrough and his wife Daniella, a Liberty graduate, married in the summer of 2018.