Green Voted VaSID State Coach of the Year
Liberty’s Carey Green was voted the 2021-22 Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) University Division Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year on Thursday. Meanwhile, Mya Berkman made the first team all-state squad and Bridgette Rettstatt was named to the second team all-state roster.
Green is now a six-time VaSID Coach of the Year after previously earning the Commonwealth’s top coaching honor in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2013 and 2018. He coached the Lady Flames to a 28-5 record, matching the program record for victories. One of those wins (Nov. 28 vs. Bowling Green) was No. 500 of his 23-year career at Liberty and another (March 16 vs. Campbell) was the program’s first-ever Postseason WNIT triumph.
The Lady Flames improved their win total by nine from the 2020-21 campaign despite losing two first team All-ASUN players from that squad. Liberty went 3-0 against Virginia opponents this season, including the Lady Flames’ first win over Virginia Tech in 13 years and their first victory over James Madison in nine years.
A redshirt junior center from Marble Falls, Texas, Berkman is the Lady Flames’ first player to make the first team all-state squad since Devon Brown in 2013. A first team All-ASUN performer, she led the Lady Flames in scoring (12.3 ppg) and rebounding (7.4 rpg) while finishing No. 3 nationally in field goal percentage (66.3).
Berkman finished with two 20-point games and six double-doubles, while tying the Liberty Arena single-game record of 13 rebounds twice (Nov. 18 vs. James Madison and Feb. 19 vs. Stetson). She was named ASUN Scholar-Athlete of the Year, CoSIDA Academic All-District and co-MVP of the Navy Classic.
A redshirt senior forward from Galena, Ohio, Rettstatt posted career-high totals for scoring (11.4 ppg) and rebounding (7.1 rpg) during her final season as a Lady Flame. The first team All-ASUN honoree earned two ASUN Player of the Week awards (Dec. 20 and Feb. 21), becoming the program’s first player to win three ASUN Player of the Week certificates for her career.
Rettstatt became the 19th 1,000-point scorer in program history during a Dec. 18 win over UTRGV. She posted six double-doubles for the season and finished her career with six straight double-digit rebound contests, something no Lady Flame had accomplished since Avery Warley in 2011-12. Rettstatt played a program-record 143 games at Liberty, finishing No. 7 in program history for rebounds (863) and No. 9 in points (1,227).