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Rising, Growing, Winning – Journal – Liberty University

Flames Nation is stronger than ever as athletics programs reach new heights

Liberty University Athletics ranks among the fastest growing athletics departments in the nation with the majority of its 20 NCAA Division I programs experiencing unprecedented success on a national level over the last few years. 

Last year, Liberty celebrated its Golden Anniversary in style on the fields and courts. The university’s NCAA teams captured eight conference championships, Flames Football won its third straight bowl victory, and Liberty led all Division I programs in the Commonwealth of Virginia in winning percentage, all while student-athletes earned a 3.27 cumulative GPA.

Wide receiver Noah Frith makes a catch against Eastern Michigan at the LendingTree Bowl on Dec. 18, 2021. Liberty beat Eastern Michigan, 56-20.

“I am grateful to our student-athletes, staff, coaches, and senior administration for the overwhelming support that we received,” said Director of Athletics Ian McCaw. “We thank

Flames Nation for its incredible support and generosity that has manifested itself in record donor and donation numbers.”

Last fall was highlighted by phenomenal seasons from the football and field hockey teams. After moving up to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level in 2018, Flames Football became only the second program in NCAA history to win bowl games in its first three seasons of eligibility when it beat Eastern Michigan, 56-20, in the LendingTree Bowl in Mobile, Ala. On the field hockey pitch, the Lady Flames won a nation-high 20 games in 2021, including their first BIG EAST Championship tournament, defeating nine-time-defending champion Connecticut in the final on its home field, 1-0. The 11th-year program went on to become Liberty’s first team in any sport to advance to an NCAA Division I championship game.

As a whole, Liberty Athletics placed 74th in the Learfield Cup standings, an annual ranking of all NCAA Division I programs based on their respective teams’ postseason performances. 

“We were the 13th-best non-Power Five program out of well over 60 schools, so the fact that three years into FBS, we’re in the top 15 in that category is truly amazing,” said Flames Club Executive Director and Associate Athletic Director Mike Hagen.

Liberty’s field hockey team became the first team from Liberty to compete in an NCAA Division I championship game, facing Connecticut last November.

The Flames Club, the department’s primary booster organization, has been a driving force behind Liberty Athletics’ rapid rise.  Membership has grown more than sevenfold over the past decade — from fewer than 600 members in 2012 to more than 4,350 today. Liberty Athletics raised a record $4.1 million during the 2021-22 school year, including $526,450 on Giving Day in November. That total is up from just over $1 million in 2015-16 and more than twice the previous high mark of $1.85 million in 2020-21.

“It is hard to find one of our programs that is not reaching new heights, and we are blessed that our fans are responding accordingly with their support in donations, Flames Club memberships, and season ticket purchases,” Hagen said. “Ian McCaw coming on board (in 2016) really helped to cast …….

Source: https://www.liberty.edu/journal/article/rising-growing-winning/

Flames Nation is stronger than ever as athletics programs reach new heights

Liberty University Athletics ranks among the fastest growing athletics departments in the nation with the majority of its 20 NCAA Division I programs experiencing unprecedented success on a national level over the last few years. 

Last year, Liberty celebrated its Golden Anniversary in style on the fields and courts. The university’s NCAA teams captured eight conference championships, Flames Football won its third straight bowl victory, and Liberty led all Division I programs in the Commonwealth of Virginia in winning percentage, all while student-athletes earned…….

Flames Nation is stronger than ever as athletics programs reach new heights

Liberty University Athletics ranks among the fastest growing athletics departments in the nation with the majority of its 20 NCAA Division I programs experiencing unprecedented success on a national level over the last few years. 

Last year, Liberty celebrated its Golden Anniversary in style on the fields and courts. The university’s NCAA teams captured eight conference championships, Flames Football won its third straight bowl victory, and Liberty led all Division I programs in the Commonwealth of Virginia in winning percentage, all while student-athletes earned…….

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