6 Members Added to Hall of Fame Class for 2022
Six new members will be inducted into the Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame during a special ceremony in September.
The Hall of Fame’s Class of 2022 includes representatives from field hockey, football, men’s soccer, men’s track & field and softball.
The six-member class, the 14th to be inducted into the Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame, will be honored during special ceremonies surrounding Liberty’s Hall of Fame Weekend football game against UAB on Sept. 10 at Williams Stadium.
The six-member class includes Jose Gomez (men’s soccer), Glenn Inverso (football), Natalie [Barr] Lyttle (field hockey), Jessica Moore (softball), Jacob Swinton (men’s track & field) and Paul Wetmore (head softball coach).
The Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held Friday, Sept. 9 at the Alumni Ballroom on the third floor of the Montview Student Union.
Additionally, the six-member class will receive special recognition during the UAB 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 74 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.
Men’s Soccer: 1997-2000
Jose Gomez reached a standard that no other player in program history had ever achieved, punctuating a standout four-year career for the Flames on the pitch.
Gomez was named the 2000 Big South Player of the Year, becoming the program’s first-ever player to earn conference Player of the Year honors. He was also a four-time Big South all-conference selection (first team: 1999 and 2000: second team: 1997 and 1998) and was named to the Big South All-Decade Team (1990-99).
A starter for all 67 games of his collegiate career, Gomez finished his days in a Liberty uniform with 77 points, 32 goals and 13 assists. At the time of his induction into the Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame, Gomez’s 32 career goals ranked fifth-best in program history.
Following his career, the native of Valrico, Fla., was drafted by the Charlotte Eagles and played three seasons where he earned All A-League honors. After also playing professionally for the Virginia Beach Mariners for two seasons, Gomez coached Palm Beach Atlantic’s men’s soccer team to the 2010 NCCAA National Championship and was named the National Coach of the Year. He returned to the Liberty men’s soccer program as an associate head coach for six seasons before taking over as head women’s soccer coach at Charleston Southern in 2020.
Glenn Inverso set the standard for what would lead to a long line of highly successful quarterbacks at Liberty University. He was the program’s first four-year starter under center and held all the passing records for the first 10-plus years during the infancy of the Liberty Football program.
Inverso was the second quarterback in program history to throw for 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons (1,148 yards in 1979 and 1,336 yards in 1980) and was the first with 10 or more passing touchdowns in a season (11 in 1980).
The native of Norcross, Ga., led NAIA District 19 in total offense in 1979 (157.7 yards per game). He was nominated for the Regional Kodak All-America team in 1979 after leading the team to a 9-1-1 record, the third-most wins in a season in program history. Liberty finished the 1979 season ranked No. 18 in the final NAIA Top 25 national poll.
Following his star-studded career at Liberty, Inverso became the first player in program history to sign a free agent contract in the NFL when he signed with the New York Jets in 1981.
Natalie (Barr) Lyttle
Field Hockey: 2012-15
Natalie (Barr) Lyttle’s addition to the field hockey team jumpstarted the rapid ascension of the program to the national level. She is the field hockey program’s first inductee into the Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame.
Lyttle became the first player in program history to earn All-America honors when she was selected to the NFHCA All-America third team in 2015 as a senior. She was also named to the NFHCA All-South Region three times during her career (first team: 2013 and 2015; second team: 2012).
The native of Lurgan, Northern Ireland led the Lady Flames to back-to-back NorPac Championships with wins over Stanford in both title games in 2013 and 2014. The pair of titles earned Liberty its first two appearances in the NCAA Tournament in program history.
Lyttle finished her career with 134 career points (54 goals and 26 assists) and was twice named the NorPac East Offensive Player of the Year (2012 and 2013). Liberty posted a 59-25 record during Barr’s time on the team, including the program’s first-ever win in the NCAA Tournament, a 3-1 victory over Richmond in 2014.
Jessica Moore set standards future softball players will be chasing for years to come during a record-setting three-year career with Liberty after transferring from Charlotte.
Arguably the best hitter in program history, Moore became the program’s first All-American in 2007 when she was named to the Easton Fastpitch All-America second team. To this day, Moore still holds 16 programs records and is the program’s all-time career leader in batting average (.419), grand slams (7), slugging percentage (.848) and on-base plus slugging (OPS) percentage (1.363). She also ranks in the program’s career top 10 in home runs (58), RBI (141), runs (191) and hits (229).
Moore helped the Lady Flames post their second 40-plus win season in 2006 (41-23) and led Liberty to the Big South regular season title in 2007, a season that included three wins over Top 25 teams. Moore was a two-time Big South Player of the Year (2005 and 2007) and was twice selected the VaSID State Player of the Year (2006 and 2007).
The native of Chesapeake, Va., played professionally for the Washington Glory for two seasons following her playing career before returning to Liberty’s program in 2010 and 2011 as an assistant coach.
Men’s Track & Field: 1994-96
Jacob Swinton joined the men’s track & field program as a sophomore and quickly earned All-America honors during his rookie season. He finished in seventh place in the 100-meter dash at the 1994 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championship.
Swinton was a four-time IC4A champion in three different individual events (1994 indoor 55, 1994 outdoor 100 and 200), and he was a member of the 1996 IC4A champion 4 x 100 relay squad as a senior. He also finished as the 1994 Penn Relays 100 runner-up, during a year when he ranked No. 19 in the United States and No. 43 in the world for the 100.
The native of Pompano Beach, Fla., helped the Flames win Big South Men’s Track & Field Outdoor Championships each of his three years with the program (1994-96). Liberty was the runner-up at the IC4A Championships in 1994 and 1995, while Swinton helped Liberty capture its first-ever IC4A Championship as a senior in 1996.
He still holds the program’s record in the 55-meter dash (6.20) and owned the Liberty 100 (10.20), 200 (20.64) and 4 x 100 relay (39.86) standards for more than 25 years. Swinton finished his last race in life from cancer in February 2022 at the age of 50.
Softball Coach: 1994-2013
Paul Wetmore not only helped reinstate the softball program in 1994, but over a 20-year coaching career, set a standard no other coach in Liberty Athletics history accomplished during the first half century of the university.
Wetmore finished his coaching career with 547 wins, the most wins of any head coach in the history of Liberty Athletics. His accomplishments were well recognized as he was a three-time Big South Coach of the Year (1996, 1999 and 2000) and a four-time VaSID State Coach of the Year (1996, 1997, 1998 and 2006).
Wetmore guided Liberty to the program’s first two Big South championships and NCAA Tournament appearances (2002 and 2011). He also helped Liberty win three Big South regular season titles (1999, 2000 and 2007). During his two-decade coaching career, Liberty posted nine 30-plus win seasons and two 40-plus win seasons (1999 and 2006).
Wetmore’s teams continually played some of the best in the country, and Liberty knocked off six nationally ranked teams, including No. 6 Michigan and No. 10 Baylor.
Wetmore coached some of the best players in the program’s history, spotlighted by the program’s only two All-Americans (Jessica Moore in 2007 and Kelly Strickland in 2011). He also coached five Big South Players of the Year, six VaSID State Players of the Year and 60 Big South all-conference selections.