Jaiden Brandt returned to Liberty in March 2019 to serve as director of operations for the Flames' track & field and cross country programs.
During his first year back in Lynchburg, Brandt helped Liberty host a number of high-level competitions at the Liberty Indoor track Complex, including the 2020 ASUN Indoor Track & Field Championships and the 2020 NJCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Brandt previously spent two years (2014-16) as a graduate assistant for the Liberty track & field and cross country squads. In that role, he assisted with home meet operations and facilitated workouts among a variety of responsibilities.
From 2016-19, Brandt served as pastor of youth, worship and administration at Calvary Baptist Church in Reading, Pa.
During his time in Pennsylvania (2017-19), Brandt also coached the high school boys and girls track & field teams at Governor Mifflin High School in Shillington, Pa.
A talented distance runner, Brandt placed 111th at the 2016 Boston Marathon, clocking a time of 2:38:27. He owns personal bests of 24:31 (8K), 31:08 (10K) and 67:59 (half marathon).
Brandt competed collegiately for Augusta University (then called Georgia Regents University). He was a two-time qualifier to the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships, making it as an individual in 2012 and leading his team to its first-ever appearance at the national meet in 2013.
Brandt graduated from Augusta in 2014, earning a bachelor's degree in music with a minor in social work. Two years later, he completed a master's degree in pastoral counseling at Liberty.
Brandt and his wife, Morgan, have a son, Lee, and two dogs, Rio and El.