An annual report launched this week exhibits that Liberty College’s NCAA Division I Athletics program continues to develop in stature and success on a nationwide scale.
“Liberty groups captured eight convention championships, our third-straight bowl victory, and led all Division I applications within the Commonwealth of Virginia in successful share whereas student-athletes earned a 3.27 cumulative GPA,” stated Director of Athletics Ian McCaw. “We loved a affluent 12 months in 2021-22, and I’m grateful to our student-athletes, employees, coaches, and senior administration for the overwhelming assist that we acquired. Liberty Athletics is the quickest rising program within the nation, and we’re poised for an additional excellent 12 months throughout the board in 2022-23.”
The convention championships, received by males’s and girls’s indoor observe & subject, males’s outside observe & subject, males’s tennis, subject hockey, softball, ladies’s swimming & diving, and girls’s cross nation, resulted in eight NCAA Event appearances, together with Liberty’s first-ever NCAA Championship Ultimate look by the sector hockey staff. The staff received a nation-high 20 video games, led by Jill Bolton, who was named Nationwide Area Hockey Coaches Affiliation (NFHCA) Division I Nationwide Participant of the 12 months, marking one other first in Liberty Athletics NCAA Division I historical past.
In all, Liberty welcomed 20 Energy 5 opponents to campus in 2021-22 and received a complete of 11 video games in opposition to these faculties, together with 5 victories by the softball staff.
As Flames Soccer prepares to hitch Convention USA in 2023, it has now performed 40 FBS opponents from 22 states and eight totally different FBS conferences since 2017. In successful the LendingTree Bowl in Cell, Ala., behind an MVP efficiency from quarterback Malik Willis, the Flames turned solely the second staff to seize bowl victories of their first three seasons of FBS eligibility, becoming a member of Appalachian State (2015-20). Liberty is at present one among solely 5 FBS groups to have received bowl video games in every of the final three seasons, together with Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, and Louisiana. A program-record 10 alumni signed NFL contracts this summer season, together with Willis, who was chosen by the Tennessee Titans within the third spherical of the NFL Draft.
The 2022 dwelling soccer schedule is essentially the most anticipated in program historical past. The six-game slate is highlighted by video games in opposition to ACC and in-state foe Virginia Tech on Nov. 19 and future Huge 12 Convention member BYU on Oct. 22.
“Liberty Soccer has its greatest roster and most difficult schedule, which has led to unprecedented pleasure and file season ticket gross sales and Flames Membership donations,” McCaw stated.
The Flames Membership, Liberty’s main booster group, skilled a 36-percent membership enhance over the earlier 12 months to greater than 4,350 members. The Flames Membership raised $4.1 million in 2021-22, greater than double the earlier 12 months’s file.
Liberty Athletics was declared the Virginia All-State Sports activities Championship winner for the second 12 months in a row by posting the very best general successful share amongst Division I applications within the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2021-22. Liberty completed with an general successful share of 65.4 (235 wins, 124 losses, one tie). The boys’s athletics applications received 59.6 p.c (87-59-0) of their video games, paced by the baseball staff (37-23), which certified for the NCAA Regional for the eighth time and third season in a row, and males’s basketball staff (22-11), which has received 104 video games over the past 4 seasons, fourth-most amongst all Division I groups within the nation.
In the meantime, Liberty’s ladies’s applications received 69.4 p.c (148-65-1) of their contests and the Girl Flames completed atop the ladies’s all-sport standings.
Liberty Athletics additionally posted its second consecutive top-75 end within the Learfield Administrators’ Cup standings, an annual itemizing that ranks the highest collegiate athletics departments within the nation. Liberty ranked No. 13 within the Administrators’ Cup standings amongst non-Energy 5 applications.
As many objectives as Liberty’s athletes met on the taking part in subject, they had been additionally profitable within the classroom, attaining a cumulative grade-point common of three.27 (second-highest in class historical past) with 269 ASUN Educational Honor Roll members (70.42 p.c of its ASUN student-athletes). A complete of 415 recorded GPAs of three.0 or larger, together with 55 with good 4.0 marks.
Total, Liberty Athletics completed its mission of manufacturing Christ-centered women and men with the values, data, and abilities required to impression tomorrow’s world. McCaw solid a imaginative and prescient for Liberty’s Athletics program to Prepare Champions for Christ by offering a high-quality student-athlete expertise and attaining victory with integrity.
By means of neighborhood service outreaches, together with meals drives and studying to kids and elevating funds for provides at space elementary faculties, Liberty’s student-athletes demonstrated love and care towards these in want within the Lynchburg space, serving with grateful hearts and reflecting the sunshine of Christ all through the neighborhood.