Graduate Catalog 2016-2017 [Archived Catalog] [Archived Catalog]

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Campus Recreation

Lee Beaumont, B.S., M.S.
Senior Vice President for Auxiliary Services

Kirk Handy, B.S.
Vice President and Director of Athletics – Club Sports

Chris Misiano, B.S., M.A.R., M.R.E.
Vice President of Campus Recreation

The Department of Campus Recreation provides a variety of options for resident and online students to interact socially through state of the art indoor and outdoor recreation facilities as well as programs and services that provide entertainment and physical fitness.

Campus Recreation helps to connect students to all that Liberty University has to offer beyond the classroom.  By offering dozens of sporting options through the Intramural Sports and Club Sports departments, Campus Recreation gives every student an opportunity to participate in a competitive sport.  In order to assist in the social atmosphere on campus, the Student Activities department plans weekly entertainment events.  Several different fitness facilities are available for student use to stay physically fit, or they can relax with friends at one of the different lounge areas on campus.  With all of these options, Campus Recreation offers something for everyone.

Student Activities

Steph Ward
Director of Student Activities

The Student Activities Office is committed to the service of the students of Liberty University by providing a variety of culturally-relevant events and recreational activities throughout each semester, giving students a full calendar of social occasions to interact with one another and enhance their overall experience.

Student Activities provides an extensive variety of entertainment opportunities, both on and off-campus, usually free or at an exclusive Liberty University student discount price.  Options include everything from concerts featuring the biggest names in Christian music (Lecrae, Switchfoot, Newsboys, Needtobreathe, and more) to Open Mic Nights, movie nights, game nights, and art expos. Student Activities offers something for everyone. For detailed information call (434) 592-3061 or access the Student Activities website at

Outdoor Recreation

Mike Ellsworth
Director of Outdoor Recreation

The Outdoor Recreation Department plans and executes a wide range of outdoor events and trips each semester. Outdoor Recreation staff provide opportunities for students to go white water rafting, kayaking, horseback riding, fly fishing, hiking, and camping. The Outdoor Recreation Department also hosts the Liberty Mountain Trail Series, which comprises 6 trail races during the fall and spring semesters.

Camp Hydaway features an eight acre lake with beach access for swimming, as well as outdoor equipment rentals. Students can check out items such as, canoes, kayaks, fishing gear, camping gear, and mountain bikes. Additionally team building and leadership development courses can be scheduled for groups on our high and low ropes course. The facility has twelve campsites and multi-purpose space for group meetings as well as events.

The Liberty Mountain Trail System consists of over 65 miles of single and double track trails and logging roads that spans approximately 5,000 acres. The mountain rises to over 1,360 feet and offers something for all difficulty levels, from a leisurely stroll to the Liberty University Monogram, to cross country and gravity-fed trails for both hiking and mountain biking. A trail map and additional information is available online at

LaHaye Student Union

Jamie Swyers
Director of LaHaye Student Union

The LaHaye Student Union (which includes the LaHaye Recreation and Fitness Center, Tilley Student Center, and Thomas Indoor Soccer Center) as well as David’s Place provide multiple opportunities for meeting the recreational, fitness, and wellness needs of the University family. More information is available online at or by calling (434) 592-3148.

The LaHaye Recreation and Fitness Center offers students a variety of co-curricular environments that provide vital social outlets for the development of a well-rounded collegiate experience. This includes five basketball courts, a fitness center, aquatic center, six group exercise rooms, indoor track, and more. The group exercise rooms focus on strength, aerobics, TRX, mind/body, cycling, and dance classes (Zumba, Caribbean Craze, etc.). Students can work out with the assistance of a personal trainer, take group exercise classes, use the work out equipment or climb the rock wall.

The Aquatic Center has a 25-yard, six-lane pool with a maximum depth of 12 feet for lap swimming and recreational use. The aquatic facility includes two spas, and a one meter diving board.  Aquatic equipment such as training fins, training paddles, flexible kickboards, jogger weight belts, hand bar exercisers, pull buoys, and water polo equipment is accessible for use.

The Tilley Student Center is a student recreational and lounge facility designed specifically for students. The facility features a coffee bar, game tables, couches, and chairs. The facility includes a Starbucks, Sub Connection, Fresh Market, and Chick-fil-A.

A part of the LaHaye Student Union, the Thomas Indoor Soccer Center was added in May 2009, and comprises two turf fields partially surrounded by transparent walls and netting. The facility also features a spectator section.

David’s Place is dedicated to the memory of David A. DeMoss, a gentle and loving young man who died tragically in an automobile accident in January 1988. Formerly Campus East Clubhouse, David’s Place is a recreational center that offers billiards, a theatre (featuring a Blu-ray player with a surround sound system), video gaming room (with Playstation 4), and a heated outdoor pool with patio heaters on the pool deck. The facility also features a Jamba Juice and Bistro ’71. Jamba Juice is a great place for a healthy breakfast, quick lunch, or a delicious snack. Jamba Juice is also known for their great tasting fruit smoothies. Bistro '71 Express is our grab-and-go location offering delicious flatbread melts and gourmet pizzettes.

Recreation Facilities

The Equestrian Center is home to Liberty Hunter and Western Equestrian Teams, as well as student boarders and physical education riding classes.  Three main barns hold 52 horse stalls, 8 grooming stalls, and 5 indoor wash stalls with hot water.  There are air-conditioned and heated boarder and team tack rooms, feed rooms, offices, equestrian team locker rooms and showers, team lounge and study rooms, classroom, and each barn has restrooms and a kitchen.  Wireless internet is throughout.  All stalls are rubber matted, 12’ x 12’, with sliding front doors and Dutch back doors, most with an all-weather outdoor run.  High ceilings and 14’ wide aisle ways make the barns roomy and airy.

All horses get daily turnout in 18 pastures, each from 5 to 10 hilly acres with automatic waterers and loafing sheds.  There are miles of trails for boarders to ride on the mountain, in addition to the two brand new riding arenas.  The 120’ x 300’ outdoor ring has lights and an automatic water cannon watering system.  The 120’ x 300’ indoor ring is one of largest in Virginia, with state-of-the-art lights and ventilation, and is used for collegiate and other shows, in addition to daily riding.  On another part of the property, Liberty owns a quarantine barn, a retirement farm, plus an 18-stall barn used for horse show visitors. Altogether, the Liberty Equestrian Center is nearly 400 acres, with 78 stalls, and 72,000 square feet of high tech riding surface.

This LaHaye Ice Center is the home of the Flames and Lady Flames Hockey teams as well as home of the LU Figure Skating, and Synchronized Skating teams. During non-practice hours, students can enjoy ice skating, hockey and broomball. The LaHaye Ice Center also offers Learn to Play Hockey, Learn to Skate sessions, and academic classes. Additional information on programs and scheduling is available by calling (434) 592-3953 or online at

Drew Sherwood, B.S.

General Manager

Liberty Mountain Snowflex® Centre, located off Candler’s Mountain Road, consists of two main distinct ski runs.  This includes a beginner slope, intermediate slope, advanced slope, terrain park, a 260-foot tubing run, and gravity park for air awareness training.  The 550-foot terrain run has three jumps with a quarter pipe at the bottom, and a 550-foot ski slope with multiple rail features for all levels. 

The ski lodge is an 8,000 square foot facility at the base of the ski runs.  This building houses the ticket office, ski school, event scheduling, and rental area on the first floor with a seating and concession area on the second floor with a full view of the ski slope, amazing view of the campus and the Blue Ridge Mountains.  The Snowflex Centre is a great venue for birthday parties, business meetings, classes, and events.  It hosts multiple ski and snowboard summer camps along with fun activities all summer long.  The Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre is open all year round for Liberty University students and public access.

The Liberty Mountain Skate Park is located in the Candler’s Mountain Shopping Center.  The Skate Park is an indoor facility which allows students and the community to skate board, BMX, or inline skate all year round.  The Park has various features for beginners through advanced, such as: three mini ramps, quarter pipe, hubba box, hand rails, foam pit, and a bowl.

Outdoor Facilities

Consisting of eight courts, which were completed in two phases, this facility is a premiere venue in the area. Lights provide the opportunity for evening play. The complex is the home for Liberty’s men’s and women’s Beach Volleyball Teams and coed intramural sports leagues. It is also available for pick up play for the Liberty University students.

The Intramural Sports and Athletics Complex was completed in August 2011. Two fields are surfaced with an in-filled synthetic turf that is the home of men’s and women’s lacrosse teams. A third astro turf field is the home of the women’s field hockey team.  All three fields are used for intramural sports play that includes soccer, flag football and ultimate Frisbee. A fieldhouse with offices, team rooms and locker rooms is also located at the complex.

Nestled in Liberty University’s Camp Hydaway property, a ¼ mile-long wooded loop offers a variety of features for ATV’s.

To complement the ATV trail system, the University has purchased several ATV’s for student use free of charge.  To use the University-owned ATV’s and track, students must enroll and pass an ATV safety course.

The newest recreational facility was completed on East Campus in fall 2012.  It consists of four distinct areas. A 220,000 square foot, multi-purpose turf area is the home to flag football, softball and ultimate Frisbee. A natural grass, recreational softball field sits next to the turf area.  Due to the enormous popularity of the sand volleyball courts built in spring semester 2012, four additional courts were added to make a total of eight courts at Liberty University. 

Also part of the complex is a sand training area known as “The Patch,” a large sand pit and training course similar to those used by Navy SEALs at the Naval Special Warfare Center in Coronado, CA.  It allows individuals to utilize a “functional” training method, using body weight instead of free weights as resistance. The Patch offers not only functional strength training but also jump training, sand pit training, balance, stabilization training, and core training. The individual is able to develop many planes of training that is not possible in any other standardized workout method.  For the student looking for a total body workout, the Patch is the perfect training facility.

Ivy Lake, located about 25 minutes from Liberty’s campus in Forest, VA, spans 112 acres with a 6,000 square foot beach.  It is available for a variety of activities for Liberty University students, faculty and staff.  This is a great spot for fishing, canoeing, or just having a picnic with friends.  Ivy Lake is the home of the Liberty Crew team.

Liberty University’s Paintball Team has a premiere facility to prepare for and host competitions. The paintball complex consists of two fields with a retractable netting system made with a protective mesh. Students may watch the team behind the safety of the netting during practices.  These fields are open for intramurals, special events, and recruitment events.

The Disc Golf Course is located on the mountain near Camp Hydaway in conjunction with the Liberty Trail System, and serves as the home of the Liberty Flames Disc Golf Team. Disc golf is similar to traditional golf in that players tee off and attempt to reach a particular hole in the fewest number of strokes. Unlike normal golf, however, players throw discs, and the “holes” are actually elevated baskets made of metal.  The 27-hole course includes tee pads for beginners and experts alike.

Usage will vary from intramural sports leagues, to open recreational play among students.

Located on Liberty Mountain, is a 3-D Archery Range nestled in 10 acres for the Liberty Flames Archery Team. The range consists of 20 life-like animal targets as well as several practice bag targets. In order to qualify as a potential state qualifier site, the range is setup to comply with Archery Shooters Association (ASA) standards. The Archery Team has access to shoot and hold tournaments on the 3-D Archery Range.

Students have the opportunity to bow hunt on Liberty’s Lone Jack Mountain property through membership in Camp Hydaway’s bow hunting program.  In order to qualify you must provide proof of a Virginia resident hunting license, and pass a safety class/proficiency test. Students who meet these requirements will be permitted to bow hunt during the fall and spring seasons on Liberty’s Lone Jack Mountain.

Club Sports

All Club Sport teams are overseen and administered by the Club Sports department. Each team has a designated coach who is responsible for all team management. These teams provide the opportunity for students to compete against other colleges and universities with the same interests.

Our mission is to develop successful teams by providing administrative structure and financial support to enrich student’s collegiate experience through athletic competition and academic integration.

Information on club sports offerings is available at


Archery Lacrosse
Beach Volleyball Paintball
Crew Racquetball
Cycling Ski & Snowboard
Disc Golf Tae Kwon Do
Equestrian Triathlon
Gymnastics Volleyball
Ice Hockey Wrestling


Archery Ice Hockey
Beach Volleyball Racquetball
Crew Ski & Snowboard
Cycling Synchronized Skating
Disc Golf Tae Kwon Do
Equestrian Triathlon
Figure Skating Ultimate Frisbee

Intramural Sports

Ed Barnhouse, B.S.
Director of Intramural Sports

The University believes that sports, both inter-collegiate and intramural, have definite educational value, and that few other agencies offer so much that is potentially good for character building in American youth.

Intramural Sports are organized recreational sports leagues that allow students at Liberty to participate in a variety of team and individual sports. Competition exists, but the real focus of intramural sports is health and exercise, social interaction, stress reduction, sportsmanship, and teamwork.

During the fall and spring semester, a program of competitive intramural sports is sponsored that opens the way for wide participation on the part of both men and women. Information on intramural sports is available at  

Men's Ultimate Frisbee Table Tennis
Women's Ultimate Frisbee Coed Volleyball
Coed Ultimate Frisbee Men's Basketball
Open Paintball Women's Basketball
Men's Broomball Men's 4 v 4 Flag Football
Women's Broomball Men's 3-point Shootout
Coed Broomball Women's 3-point Shootout            
Men's Flag Football Men's Beach Volleyball
Women's Flag Football Women's Beach Volleyball
Fantasy Football Coed Beach Volleyball
Men's Outdoor Soccer Men's Softball
Women's Outdoor Soccer Women's Softball
Men's Indoor Soccer Men's Dodgeball
Women's Indoor Soccer Women's Dodgeball
Billiards Coed Dodgeball
Disc Golf Coed-Kickball
Dunk Contest Wallyball
Racquetball Spikeball

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