Liberty University

Liberty University Athletics
1971 University Blvd. Lynchburg, VA 24502
Division 1 Virginia Northeast
Private Large Competitive team


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Kelly Findley

Kelly Findley was named the fourth head coach in the history of the men's soccer program when he was hired on Dec. 20, 2018.

Findley brings more than two decades of coaching experience to Liberty Mountain, including head coaching stints at Mars Hill (1999-00), Butler (2006-10) and NC State (2011-16) where he compiled a 121-98-28 career head coaching record.

Findley came to Liberty after serving as the associate head coach at Davidson during the 2018 season and a one-year term with the Sporting Kansas City Development Academy in 2017.

During his most recent head coaching stint at NC State, Findley had three nationally ranked recruiting classes, including the No. 3 ranked class by in 2014.

The Wolfpack spent multiple weeks ranked in the national polls during several different seasons. NC State was ranked during a six-week stretch in 2015, climbing as high as No. 20 in the polls, while his team was ranked as high as No. 14 in 2012.

Findley's ability to develop young talent established his program as a launching pad to the professional ranks. In 2014, Clement Simonin was the No. 9 overall pick in the MLS SuperDraft by Toronto FC and Conor Donovan was the No. 22 overall pick by the Orlando City SC. Additionally, Alex Martinez was selected in the third round of the draft in 2013.

Prior to his days in Raleigh, Findley posted a winning record during four out of five seasons as the head coach at Butler. With the Bulldogs, Findley posted a record of 59-25-15 overall and 24-7-8 in Horizon League conference play. He was named the Horizon League Coach of the Year in both 2009 and 2010, after guiding Butler to the NCAA Tournament both seasons.

His 2010 Butler squad entered the NCAA Tournament ranked No. 5 nationally, and was one of only two unbeaten teams in the nation. The squad finished the year 16-1-3. He also mentored the league player of the year and Herman Trophy semifinalist Ben Sippola.

The 2009 squad also won the Horizon League championship, and over his final three years Butler went 18-1-5 in conference play.

Findley spent five seasons at Charlotte, serving as an assistant coach (2001-03) and associate head coach (2004-05).

During his tenure at Charlotte, the 49ers compiled a 42-40-14 record, including an 11-7-1 mark in 2004. During his third season at Charlotte, the 49ers reached the finals of the Conference USA Tournament for only the second time in school history, losing the title game on penalty kicks.

Findley jumpstarted his head coaching career at Mars Hill College where he led the program during the 1999 and 2000 seasons. He guided the Lions to a 17-22 mark over the two seasons, including a 10-8 overall record and a runner-up finish in the South Atlantic Conference in 2000.

Findley also spent one season as an assistant coach at Miami (Ohio) University (1998), two seasons as an assistant coach with the Charlotte Eagles professional soccer team (1996-97) and one season as an assistant coach at Judson College (1992). During his tenure with the Charlotte Eagles, the professional club won two South Atlantic Division Championships, made two playoff appearances and posted a national runner-up finish.

Findley was a four-time Most Valuable Player as an undergraduate on the men's soccer team at Judson University in Elgin, Ill. He graduated with a secondary education degree.

He was a three-time NAIA All-American, a three-time NCCAA All-American and a two-time NSCAA All-American as a midfielder. He was named the Northern Illinois Intercollegiate Conference Player of the Year for three consecutive seasons, and he was named Judson's Athlete of the Year in 1990.

Findley helped Judson to its first NCCAA National Tournament championship in 1991, and he finished his collegiate career in fifth place on Judson's all-time assist chart with 48 career assists. He was named to Judson's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.

Following his collegiate career, Findley played professional soccer with the Charlotte Eagles for six seasons. He helped the Eagles to three South Atlantic Division Championships, five divisional playoff appearances and two trips to the national finals.

Findley, a former North Carolina ODP State Team coach, holds a USSF "A" license and a NSCAA Premier Diploma. He and his wife, Joanne, have five children, Gabriel, Elysia, Corinne, Stephen and Keane.

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Jose Gomez

Former Liberty standout Jose Gomez has served as an assistant coach at his alma mater since 2014. The former Flames forward assists in all aspects of the program, including recruiting, scouting, practice instruction and game strategy.

In his three seasons, Gomez has helped Liberty become a consistent contender for a conference title. This past year, the Liberty alum assisted in guiding the Flames to their eighth year of 10 or more wins in the last 11 seasons. Liberty posted a 10-6-1 overall record in 2017.

Gomez joined the Liberty men's soccer coaching staff in 2014 after nine seasons as the head men's soccer coach at Palm Beach Atlantic in West Palm Beach, Fla. He led the Sailfish to a 103-65-15 overall record during his tenure and guided Palm Beach Atlantic to the program's first ever National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Championship in 2010.

The Valrico, Fla., native was named NSCAA/NCCAA National Coach of the Year in 2010. He was also selected the NCCAA South Region Coach of the Year in 2012. Off the field, Gomez' 2013 team earned a NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 2012-13 year.

In 2013, Gomez earned his 100th career coaching victory, leading Palm Beach Atlantic to 10-3-1 record. The Sailfish ranked as high as No. 23 in the NSCAA Top 25 and finished the year third in the nation in total offense.

Gomez' 2012 team posted the most successful year since entering the NCAA Division II ranks in 2006, finishing the season with a 14-4-2 record. The Sailfish went on to claim their seventh consecutive NCCAASouth Region Championship in school history.

Gomez was named to the 1990-99 Big South All-Decade team for his play during his four seasons as a Liberty Flame from 1997-2000. He was the 2000 Big South Player of the Year and a four-time Big South All-Conference team member. The forward was selected to the all-conference first team in both 1999 and 2000, while being named to the all-conference second team in 1997 and 1998. He also was named to All-South Atlantic Region team in 1999 and 2000.

Gomez is currently tied for fifth on Liberty's career goals list with 32 and ranks sixth all-time on the program's career points list with 77. In 2000 as a senior, the forward led the Flames in scoring with nine goals and three assists for 21 points.

Gomez was drafted by the Charlotte Eagles in 2000 and played with the team for three seasons, earning All A-League second-team honors in 2002. During this time, he trained with the Chicago Fire and with D.C. United. In 2004, Gomez moved to Virginia where he continued his professional career playing with the Virginia Beach Mariners for two seasons.

Gomez holds a USSF "A" license, a NSCAA Premier Diploma and a NSCAA National Youth license.

Gomez, his wife Carrie, their daughter, Selah, and son, Royce, reside in Lynchburg, Va.

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A.J. Madero

A member of the Liberty men's soccer coaching staff since 2010, A.J. Madero currently serves as the Director of Performance Analysis for his alma mater. After joining Head Coach Jeff Alder's staff as a graduate assistant in 2010, Madero has served as assistant coach with the program and became the Director of Performance Analysis for the program in 2017.

Madero directs supporting personnel in enhancing athletic performance and improving player development. A member of the 2007-2009 Flames, the former goalkeeper oversees physical development, nutrition, recovery and conditioning, while developing uses for performance data, research and innovation. In addition, he is involved in opposition scouting and analysis and developing key pre-match tactical concepts for both players and staff.

This past year, the Liberty alum assisted in guiding the Flames to their eighth year of 10 or more wins in their last 11 seasons. Liberty posted a 10-6-1 overall record in 2017. Madero has been a part of the Liberty staff during five of those seasons.

In two of Madero's six seasons on Alder's staff, the Flames reached the Big South Championship title game. In 2013, Madero assisted head coach Jeff Alder in helping Liberty rebound from a slow start early in the year to advance the 2013 Big South title game. The Flames became the first No. 7 seed to play for the conference title since 1992. Liberty shut out No. 2 seed High Point (1-0) and No. 3 Longwood to earn a place in the Big South title contest.

In his first year as an assistant, Madero helped guide the Flames to the 2011 Big South title. Liberty posted an 11-6-3 overall record and a 4-4-1 Big South mark. The former Flames goalkeeper mentored freshman goalkeepers Scott Sutarik and Josh Pacella, who helped the Flames lead the Big South Conference in goals allowed (0.95), goals-against average (0.91) and shutouts (9).

Sutarik led the Big South with a 0.56 goals-against average and in save percentage with an .850 save percentage, earning Big South All-Tournament and All-Freshman team honors. The freshman goalkeeper also tied for the conference lead with six shutouts, recording them in 10 games played.

Madero's first year as a member of the coaching staff came in 2010, when he served as a Graduate assistant coach.

Madero, a native of Tampa, Fla., earned All-Big South second team accolades in 2009, as well as garnering conference player of the week honors during the season. Additionally, the goalkeeper was a member of Liberty's 2007 Big South Conference championship team.

Madero also etched his name on several Liberty single season and career record lists, despite suffering a season-ending injury during the Flames' first round Big South Tournament contest in 2009. He holds the lowest career goals-against average in Big South Conference history with a 0.52 GAA.

Madero posted the second-best goals-against average for a season in Liberty history with a 0.45 GAA and tied for second in program annals with 10 shutouts in 2009. He compiled an 11-4-3 record and finished the year fourth in nation in the final NCAA Division I Statistical Report in GAA.

During his three seasons on the Flames' roster, Madero compiled a 16-4-6 record with a school-record low goals-against average of 0.52, logging over 2,416 minutes in the Liberty net. He holds the Osborne Stadium record with eight consecutive shutouts, completing his career without conceding a goal at the facility and finishing a strong 10-0-2 at home.

Madero earned his Bachelor of Science degree in general studies with a specialization in kinesiology from Liberty in 2010 and earned a master's degree in sport management in May of 2013. He also has been involved in youth soccer coaching and instructional camps throughout the east coast.

He and his wife Sara, head coach with the Liberty Lady Flames women's hockey team and assistant athletic director with Club Sports at Liberty, live in Lynchburg.

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