Liberty Athletics Mourns Loss of Ed Vickers
Liberty Athletics mourns the loss of Ed Vickers, who passed away on Monday, Oct. 10 at the age of 64.
Vickers was inducted into the Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016 for his accomplishments as a member of Liberty’s men’s basketball team.
Vickers was a key component in Liberty’s 1980 NCCAA National Championship team, earning NCCAA All-America honorable mention, all-tournament and all-district honors during Liberty’s run to the national title.
Vickers ranks as one of the program’s top 10 all-time scorers, finishing his career with 1,658 points (No. 9 in school history). He holds the program’s career mark for defensive rebounds (658). The forward was the only player in program history to reach the 400-rebound mark in a season, accomplishing the feat during his junior (401) and senior (416) seasons.
Vickers tied a program record with 18 field goals against Guilford on Feb. 10, 1979, matching the program’s single-game record set by fellow Athletics Hall of Fame players Bailey Alston and Karl Hess.
The native of Headland, Ala. helped Liberty win 28 games en route to the 1980 NCCAA National Championship title during his senior year. Following his career, Vickers spent three seasons on staff as an assistant coach (1981-83), helping a 23-9 Flames team reach the third round of the NAIA National Tournament in 1983.