Liberty head women's basketball coach Carey Green has instilled a winning tradition during his tenure with the Lady Flames. His teams have averaged nearly 24 victories per year, while becoming a regular fixture in the NCAA Tournament.
Green has accumulated a 286-94 record on the Liberty bench, good for a winning percentage of .753. He currently ranks 11th among active NCAA Division I women's basketball coaches in winning percentage, ahead of renowned coaches like Rutgers' C. Vivian Stringer, North Carolina's Sylvia Hatchell, and Georgia's Andy Landers.
While at Liberty, Green has coached 11 players that have gone on to play professional basketball, including former WNBA players Katie (Feenstra) Mattera and Megan Frazee. Mattera and Frazee also represented the United States in international competition, just like current Liberty Flame Avery Warley recently had a chance to do at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.
With Coach Green at the helm, Liberty has won the Big South Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament 10 times. Liberty has totaled 23 or more victories during nine of those years, including the 2004-05 season, which saw the Lady FLames reach the Sweet 16 for the first time in program history.
Rebounding and defense have always been staples of Green-coached teams. The Lady Flames have been listed among the nation's top five teams in rebounding margin for eight straight years. Liberty led the nation in the category in 2003-04, 2004-05, and 2009-10.
"The reason we are here at Liberty is to develop not only a winning tradition at the national level, but champions in all areas of life," Green remarked. "I am so excited to observe our players' development and achievements. I am thrilled our team's GPA regularly ranks among the nation's leaders. This is evidence of our goal to have a 'whole program', neglecting no area of our players' development.
"My personal goal is a '50-year program', one that develops women of excellence who impact the world for the next 50 years," continued Green. "It's exciting because our entire Liberty family assists me with that same goal. The University is growing, as is our basketball program, and I am excited to be here during this growth period.
"I hope to fulfill the dream and the vision that both Dr. Falwell and our current administration have shared with me," Green summarized. "They want our University to be THE Division I NCAA Christian University everyone looks toward in the United States. In my opinion, that means we need to be a Top 20 team. In order to do that, I believe we need to continue to find the many quality student-athletes who are out there playing and bring them to our campus. Once they visit our campus, they will experience the excitement and enthusiasm here at Liberty University."
Alexis Sherard is in his fifth season as an assistant coach on the Lady Flames' coaching staff. He serves as the team's recruiting coordinator and assists with game strategies and player development.
Sherard has earned Big South championship rings during three of his four years with the Lady Flames. Liberty has gone 101-40 over the past four seasons, making a trio of NCAA Tournament appearances and one trip to the WNIT Tournament.
"Being a part of Coach Green's program has been a great experience," stated Sherard. "The Lady FLames and Liberty University truly train Champions for Christ. I'm blessed to be a part of this winning tradition."
"Alexis quickly surpassed our expectations and established himself as an outstanding addition to our staff," Green exclaimed. "He is a great recruiter, because he really cares about the players. He also possesses a thorough knowledge of the game of basketball and is a tremendous asset in the development of game strategies. Furthermore, we are most excited about Alexis' character and values."
The 2011-12 campaign will be Heather Stephens' ninth season as an assistant coach on the Lady Flames' basketball coaching staff. Her responsibilities include on-the-court player development, academics, equipment coordination, and recruiting. Stephens also assists with scouting and game preparation for perimeter play.
In her role as academic coordinator, Stephens has helped Liberty rank among the country's top 14 women's basketball teams in grade-point average on three occasions. In 2006-07, the Lady Flames recorded a 3.508 team GPA, ranking No. 7 nationally. Stephens has also seen a pair of student-athletes, Megan Frazee and Kristal Tharp, become CoSIDA Academic All-Americans during her time with the Lady Flames. During the 2008-09 season, Frazee became the Lady Flames' first-ever first-team Academic All-American.
Liberty has flourished on the court as well, during Stephens' first eight seasons on staff. The Lady Flames have gone 196-62 during the span, with six Big South Championships to their credit and a NCAA "Sweet 16" appearance in 2005.
"Heather brings an enthusiasm and excitement from a player's perspective to the coaching ranks," head coach Carey Green said. "She's been a student of the game, which provides valuable insight for our players. Heather has been a tremendous asset in so many areas, which has established a standard of excellence in our program. I firmly believe Heather's development and contributions as a coach have been major keys to the success of our program."
Andrea "Andy" Bloodworth begins her fifth year as an assistant on the Liberty women's basketball coaching staff. Her responsibilities with the Lady Flames include recruiting, development of the team's perimeter players and scouting.
Liberty has claimed Big South titles during three of Bloodworth's first four seasons on Liberty Mountain, tallying a 101-30 record in the process.
"It has been a privilege to be a member of the Lady Flames coaching staff the last four years," stated Bloodworth. "We have a tremendous group of young women who are committed to carrying on the tradition of excellence that has been established. Coach Green is a proven winner and it's a blessing to work with such strong role models who live out their faith daily."
"Andy came to Liberty from a deep-rooted basketball family background, which includes a father and old sister who are both coaches and have had a tremendous amount of influence in shaping her love for the game," remarked head coach Carey Green. "Her energy and enthusiasm made an immediate positive impact on our program. She has established herself as an excellent role model by the caring love she has exhibited to the players."
Sarah Boruta joins the Liberty women's basketball staff this season as director of operations. Boruta joins the Lady Flames after spending the last three seasons on Stanford's women's basketball staff.
She is responsible for the daily operations of the program, including the logistics of game-day management, coordination of managers' duties, team travel arrangements, and scheduling of games.
Boruta spearheads the Lady Flames' social media efforts on Facebook and Twitter. She also oversees some of the team's outreach activities, including community service events, pre-game clinics, and summer camps.
"I chose to come to Liberty because I am excited for a new opportunity and challenge," stated Boruta. "I look forward to working for a program and a campus that shares my Christian beliefs."
"We are excited to have someone with such character as Sarah who is driven to honor God with the skills and talents she has been given," stated Green. "She has established herself as an excellent worker, serving those around her in an exceptional way.
"Sarah's experiences at Stanford are great indicators of how she will be a major contributor to the success of our program," Green noted.