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    March 31, 2022 Lynchburg, Va. RSS |

    Liberty Athletics mourns the loss of Carl Diemer, Liberty’s first-ever head men’s tennis coach, who passed away on Monday, March 28 at the age of 83.

    Diemer helped start the men’s tennis program in 1987 and served as the program’s head coach for 11 years (1987-97). Diemer finished his coaching career with a 99-104 record.

    Diemer posted four 10-plus win seasons during his 11-year coaching career, including a 16-5 record during the 1990 season. The 16-win season served as the program record for most wins in a season until the Flames bested the mark 31 years later with a 20-7 record, last spring.

    During his time as head men’s tennis coach, Diemer saw the Flames tennis program find conference affiliation in the Big South Conference, starting with the 1993 season.

    Diemer coached Liberty’s first-ever player to be recognized by the Big South Conference when Jesse Barrington was named to the Big South All-Academic Team in 1996.

    Diemer also coached Eddie Bongart, who finished the 1990 season with a 20-1 record and still holds the program record for best single-season winning percentage (95.2). Bongart finished his career at Liberty with a 46-17 record (1990-91, 94), which ranks second-best in program history in career winning percentage (73.0).

    Diemer also served as a long-time professor in the Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and School of Divinity, helping found the seminary in 1973. He retired from teaching in 2018.