Brad Soucie returns to the Hill City as an assistant coach of the Liberty men's basketball program, joining head coach Ritchie McKay's staff.
Soucie has the distinction of serving as an assistant under McKay every day of his head coaching career. The partnership began in 1995 when the two helped resurrect the program at Portland State, which had been dormant for 15 years. He followed McKay to Colorado State and Oregon State and New Mexico, before joining him in his first stint with the Flames (2007-09).
During the 2008-09 campaign, Soucie helped guide the Flames to a 23-12 record and an appearance in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT).
Soucie returns to Liberty program with 17 years of coaching experience. While McKay served as an associate head coach at Virginia for the past six seasons, Soucie was the Cavaliers' director of player development. Following an ACC Championship in 2014, the Cavaliers were the No. 1 seed in the East Region and advanced to the Sweet 16. The Cavaliers spent seven weeks ranked as the No. 2 team in the country this past season, finishing the year with a 30-4 overall record and a 16-2 mark in ACC play. Virginia advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament before losing to Final Four team Michigan State.
A gifted outside shooter in his own right, Soucie played a big part in the development of former New Mexico stnadout Ruben Douglas, who led the nation in scoring (28.0 ppg) in 2002-03. Soucie assisted in the development of former Liberty guard Anthony Smith, helping the junior become the only player in the nation during the 2008 season to attempt at least 200 three-point field goals and succeed on at least 50 percent of his field goal attempts (51.5) and 40 percent of his three-point field goal attempts (41.0).
Soucie played college basketball at Eastern Michigan (EMU) for two seasons, before transferring to Christian Heritage College in El Cajon, Calif., now known as San Diego Christian.
While at EMU, Soucie helped lead the Eagles to the 1986 NCAA Tournament. In their first round game against Pittsburgh, Soucie set a first-round record with eight 3-pointers.
Soucie played his final two years at Christian Heritage, where he earned his bachelor's degree in business administration, and later served as an assistant coach for two years.
Soucie played in the NBA Summer League with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Dallas Mavericks. He was also a member of the Athletes-in-Action traveling team.
Soucie and his wife, Kendra, have two daughters, Mikayla and Mariah, and a son, Levi.