Head Coach
Jeff Alder

The Liberty men's soccer program has firmly entrenched itself among the elite of the Big South Conference and achieved new heights during Jeff Alder's tenure at his alma mater. In 2001, Alder took over a program which had been a consistent winner and built it into a perennial contender for the Big South Conference title. During his tenure, the Flames have won the program's only two Big South championships, earning Liberty's inclusion in the NCAA Tournament field.
Alder's Flames have posted 10 or more wins in seven of their last nine seasons, including five consecutive 10-plus win seasons (2007-2011) for the first time in program history. The run of double-digit wins began with a 13-5-2 record, the most victories in a season during his tenure, as the Flames captured their first ever Big South title in 2007.
The Liberty alum captured his 100th coaching win in 2011 with a 2-0 victory over No. 10 Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., on Sept. 13.
Alder has seen 23 of his players move on to the professional ranks, with Sachem Wilson becoming the first Liberty player to ever Europa League this past June as a member of ND Gorcia. In addition, Alder has seen midfielder Joshua Boateng taken in the 2009 Major League Soccer (MLS) Super Draft and seven others picked in the MLS Supplemental Draft.
Alder has seen several of his players earn prestigious honors during his tenure. In 2008, Boateng was listed on the Hermann Trophy watch list throughout the season and became the program's first Division I All-American. In 2002, Darryl Roberts, the program's all-time points leader, became Liberty's first Freshman All-American.
Alder would see Roberts and defender Osei Telesford go on to play for their country's national team, Trinidad and Tobago in 2006.
Off the field, Alder's program continues to make its mark in the classroom as well. The men's soccer team was recognized by the NCAA with a Public Recognition Award in 2012 and 2013. The award honors teams for their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores, and are given each year to teams with APRs in the top 10 percent of their sport. Also, Alder has had two of his players named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans in midfielder Phillip Aseweh in 2011 and defender Michael Gelatt in 2007 and 2008. The Flames also were honored with a NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 2013-14 academic year.

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