Hall of Fame Introduction with Samuel Johnson
In an effort to reintroduce Flames Nation to some of its greats from the past, LibertyFlames.com will be interviewing each member of the 2020 Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame class.
On May 1, Liberty Athletics announced the 2020 Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame class. The six-member class is the 12th to be inducted into the Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame.
The class includes Larry Blair II (men's basketball), Henry Elliott (men's track & field), Andrea [Wildrick] Hampson (women's track & field), Morgan Hout (football head coach), Samuel Johnson (men's soccer) and Jeff Mincey (baseball).
The Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held Oct. 9 at the Alumni Ballroom on the third floor of the Montview Student Union. Additionally, the six-member class will receive special recognition during Liberty's Homecoming Weekend football game against Louisiana-Monroe on Oct. 10.
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 63 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: 1984-86
Samuel Johnson is one of the most decorated players in men’s soccer history, joining fellow Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame selection Paul Annan as the program’s only other two-time All-American.
Johnson was the second men’s soccer player to earn All-America honors, doing so at the NCAA Division II level in 1985 and 1986. He was also named to the Virginia Intercollegiate Soccer Association first team three times (1984-86) and was a two-time selection to the NSCAA South Atlantic All-Region squad (1985-86).
As a defender, Johnson led the Flames in scoring during the 1985 campaign, netting 10 goals while adding two assists to tally 22 points as a junior. Liberty finished the 1985 season with a 14-2-3 record and advanced to the semifinals of the Virginia State Intercollegiate Tournament. Liberty’s 14 victories is tied for the program record for victories in a season.
The Ghana native helped Liberty post 27 shutouts during his three seasons on the pitch with the Flames. Liberty recorded 12 shutouts in 1985, setting a new program record that has only been matched by the 2009 team. Liberty allowed 11 goals in 1985, the third fewest in a season in program history.