Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017 [Archived Catalog] [Archived Catalog]

Intercollegiate Athletics

Administration

Mickey Guridy, B.S., M.B.A.
Senior Associate Athletics Director, Internal Operations

Tim East, B.S., M.S.
Senior Associate Athletics Director, External Operations

Kristie Beitz, B.S., M.S., Ed.S.
Senior Associate Athletics Director for Academic Affairs

Erin McKeown, B.S., M.B.A.
Associate Athletics Director, Senior Woman Administrator
Title IX Coordinator

Bob Good, B.S., M.B.A.
Associate Athletics Director for Development
Executive Director, Flames Club

Kevin Keys, B.S.
Director of Athletics Marketing

Bert Locklin, B.S., M.A.
Associate Athletics Director for Compliance

Mike Minyard, B.S.
Associate Athletics Director for Sales and Promotions

Todd Wetmore, B.S.
Associate Athletics Director for Communications

Anna Whitehurst, B.S.
Assistant Athletics Director, Ticket Operations


ATHLETIC PROGRAMS 
Intercollegiate athletic programs are an integral part of American college life. At Liberty, athletics constitutes a vital segment of the area of physical education and an integral part of the total University program.

Liberty offers 20 NCAA Division I athletics programs, giving student-athletes the opportunity to compete at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics. The Flames have been a NCAA Division I program since 1988 and a dominant member of the Big South Conference since 1991, winning 12 Big South Sasser Cups (top team annually in the conference) and more than 140 conference titles since joining the league. 

The men’s and women’s programs offer scholarship aid according to NCAA Division I standards. All interested students are encouraged to contact the head coach of the athletics program of interest. For more information, visit the official Flames website at http://www.LibertyFlames.com.

MEN

Baseball Golf
Basketball Soccer
Cross Country Tennis
Football Track and Field (Indoor and Outdoor)


WOMEN

Basketball Softball
Cross Country Swimming
Field Hockey Tennis
Lacrosse Track and Field (Indoor and Outdoor)
Soccer Volleyball


ACADEMIC AFFAIRS FOR ATHLETICS
The primary mission of Academic Affairs for Athletics at Liberty University is to provide continuous academic, athletic, social, and spiritual development for each student athlete. Utilizing the expertise of our staff in collaboration with institutional programs at Liberty University, our student-athletes receive professional advising, career and academic skill development, tutoring, and mentoring services. Our program assists student-athletes in finding and maintaining a balance between the demands of athletics and academics while preparing them as socially responsible individuals for life after athletics.

CHEERLEADING
Jordan Ballard, Head Coach

Mission and Philosophy 
The mission of the Liberty University cheerleading squad is first to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ in everything, including and especially through cheerleading. Second, Liberty University cheerleaders are ambassadors for the university who are to reflect the spiritual, academic, social, emotional and physical values and expectations of the university. Third, the Liberty University cheerleading squad is to provide positive support for athletics teams, to serve at various university and community events, and to participate in fundraising activities to support the program. In participating in these activities and events, the cheerleaders will work to improve recognition and loyalty to Liberty University, promote student and fan morale and excitement, and develop and promote the Liberty University cheerleading squad. The team verses are Colossians 3:23-24: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord - It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” This passage reflects the standard of excellence for which Liberty University cheerleaders strive in their service to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Program Structure and Basic Information
The Liberty University cheerleading squad is comprised of 40-50 members and is divided into two teams: All-Girl and Coed. The teams are picked at the cheerleading tryout, and both teams practice together, workout together, cheer games together, and do team devotions together. The cheerleaders practice 3-4 times per week and workout 2-3 times per week. Game day includes football, volleyball, and basketball games, and spring competitions include UCA College Nationals, CCA Nationals, and STUNT tournaments. Partial scholarships are available for those who make the team at the spring tryout each year and are awarded on the basis of skills and seniority. For more information on the program or the application process, tryout procedures and scholarship aid, please visit us online at www.LibertyFlames.com/cheerleading.

STUDENT FLAMES CLUB
The Student Flames Club (SFC) exists to promote school spirit, enhance the game day atmosphere at Liberty Athletics events, and give the student body a chance to connect with other passionate Flames fans. The SFC also provides the opportunity for members to reserve premium tailgating spaces for all home football games, as well as first priority on ticketing for select away games and postseason events. Membership is only $25. Exclusive benefits include: SFC T-shirt & Bag, 10% discount at the Liberty Barnes & Noble, Bookstore, Coupons to local restaurants, opportunity to reserve premium tailgating spots for all Home Football Games, and more! The membership package is valued at $50. You can join today at www.LibertyFlames.com/SFC. For more information, call (434) 582-4450, or email SFC@liberty.edu. Sign up today and be a part of the action as Liberty Athletics soars to new heights!



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