Head Coach
Ritchie McKay

After spending six seasons working under Tony Bennett as associate head coach at Virginia, McKay returned to Liberty as the men's basketball head coach on April 1, 2015. McKay previously served as the program's head coach during the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons.

Despite being predicted to finish 11th in the 2015-16 Big South Preseason Poll, McKay guided the Flames to a top five seed and a first round bye in the 2016 Big South Championship, finishing 10-8 in conference play. Liberty's 10 victories in conference play were the most since the 2010-11 season, and included a seven-game win streak. The Flames' finish in the standings prompted McKay to receive Big South Coach of the Year honors.

Before returning to Liberty, McKay helped the Cavaliers post a 136-64 record, including back-to-back 30-win seasons in 2013-14 and 2014-15.

Virginia advanced to the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament three out of McKay's last four years with the program. Following an ACC Championship in 2014, the Cavaliers were the No. 1 seed in the East Region and advanced to the Sweet 16.

The Cavaliers spent seven weeks ranked as the No. 2 team in the country in 2014-15, finishing the year with a 30-4 overall record and a 16-2 mark in ACC play. Virginia advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament before losing to Final Four team Michigan State.

Prior to his days in Charlottesville, McKay served two seasons as Liberty's men's basketball coach, posting a 39-28 overall record and a 19-13 mark in Big South play. He was named the seventh head coach in program history on March 26, 2007.

Following a 16-16 record during his first year at Liberty, McKay led the Flames to a 23-12 record in 2008-09. The win total matched the program's NCAA Division I record for most wins in a season (Liberty finished the 1996-97 season with a 23-9 overall record).

Liberty finished the 2008-09 season third in the Big South standings, the Flames' third double-digit win total in league play in the last 10 seasons (Liberty was 10-8 in 2009-10 and 13-5 in 2010-11).

The Flames were invited to play in the inaugural Postseason Tournament (CIT), advancing to the second round following a win over Rider.

McKay led one of the top scoring offenses in the Big South and ranked No. 48 in the nation, averaging 75.5 points per game during the 2008-09 season.

Under McKay's leadership, forward Anthony Smith (2006-09) finished his career ranked sixth in program history with 1,754 career points scored. Smith was named All-Big South first team in 2009, one of two first-team all-conference student-athletes coached by McKay (Alex McLean in 2008).

McKay brought Seth Curry to Liberty and the rookie made an immediate impact on the program. He finished the year averaging 20.2 points per game and was named 2009 Big South Freshman of the Year (second player in program history to receive the honor). Curry spotlighted McKay's Top 50 recruiting class in 2008, which was ranked No. 48 in the country by Basketball Times.

McKay has compiled a 204-186 career coaching record in 13 seasons as a head coach. McKay has the winningest career coaching record in program history with a .582 winning percentage. Prior to his first stint as head coach at Liberty, McKay served as head coach at Portland State (1996-98), Colorado State (1998-00), Oregon State (2000-02) and New Mexico (2002-07).

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Assistant Coach
Brad Soucie

Brad Soucie returned to the Hill City in April 2015 as an assistant coach of the Liberty men's basketball program.

Soucie has the distinction of serving as an assistant under Ritchie McKay every day of his head coaching career. The partnership began in 1995 when the two helped resurrect the program at Portland State, which had been dormant for 15 years. He followed McKay to Colorado State, Oregon State, and New Mexico, before joining him in his first stint with the Flames (2007-09).

During the 2008-09 campaign, Soucie helped guide the Flames to a 23-12 record and an appearance in the Postseason Tournament (CIT).

Soucie's resume includes 22 years of coaching experience. While McKay served as an associate head coach at Virginia for six seasons (2010-15), Soucie was the Cavaliers' director of player development. Following an ACC Championship in 2014, the Cavaliers were the No. 1 seed in the East Region and advanced to the Sweet 16. The Cavaliers spent seven weeks ranked as the No. 2 team in the country during the 2014-15 season, finishing the year with a 30-4 overall record and a 16-2 mark in ACC play. Virginia advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament before losing to Final Four team Michigan State.

A gifted outside shooter in his own right, Soucie played a big part in the development of former New Mexico standout Ruben Douglas, who led the nation in scoring (28.0 ppg) in 2002-03. Soucie assisted in the development of former Liberty guard Anthony Smith, helping the junior become the only player in the nation during the 2008-09 season to attempt at least 200 three-point field goals and succeed on at least 50 percent of his field goal attempts (51.5) and 40 percent of his three-point field goal attempts (41.0).

Soucie also did pre-draft off-season training for Virginia graduate players now in the NBA – Mike Scott, Joe Harris, and Justin Anderson.

Soucie played college basketball at Eastern Michigan (EMU) for two seasons before transferring to Christian Heritage College in El Cajon, Calif., now known as San Diego Christian.

While at EMU, Soucie helped lead the Eagles to the 1986 NCAA Tournament. In their first-round game against Pittsburgh, Soucie set a first-round record with eight 3-pointers.

Soucie played his final two years at Christian Heritage, where he earned his bachelor's degree in business administration, and later served as an assistant coach for two years.

Soucie played in the NBA Summer League with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Dallas Mavericks. He was also a member of the Athletes-in-Action traveling team.

Soucie and his wife, Kendra, have two daughters, Mikayla and Mariah, and a son, Levi.

Assistant Coach
Kyle Getter

Kyle Getter returned to Liberty in April 2015 as an assistant coach under head men's basketball coach Ritchie McKay.

Getter is no stranger to Liberty basketball after serving one season as an assistant coach on McKay's staff in 2008-09. During that season, the Flames tied a NCAA Division 1 school record with 23 wins and made an appearance in the Tournament (CIT). Before coming back to Liberty, Getter spent four seasons on Mike Jones' staff at Radford. Getter assisted the Highlanders to a two-year record of 44-25, the highest win total over any two-year period in program history. Radford also earned back to back 20 win seasons for the first time since 1998-99 and made consecutive appearances in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI).

Previous to coaching at Radford, Getter played an integral part in VCU's success in the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons, which included a remarkable run in 2011. The Rams went from the First Four to the Final Four with wins over USC, Georgetown, Purdue, Florida State, and Kansas. While on Shaka Smart's staff, the Rams posted 55 wins over two seasons, the highest total over any two-year span in program history.

Prior to his first stint at Liberty, Getter was an assistant coach at Walsh University in Ohio, where he helped the Cavaliers post a 26-5 record, win the AMC Championship, and make a Sweet 16 appearance in the NAIA Division II National Tournament. The Cavaliers were ranked in the top 5 in the country for the majority of the 2007-2008 season.

Getter has also worked at Marshall University, Wright State University, and at the University of Dayton. While at Dayton, the Flyers finished the season with a 24-6 record after winning the 2003 A-10 Tournament Championship and finished the season ranked #16 in the AP Poll.

A native of Miamisburg, Ohio, Getter received his undergraduate degree in physical education from Hanover College (IN). While at Hanover, he served as both a student assistant and assistant men's basketball coach from 1999-2002. He helped the team earn a three-year record of 60-18 and two HCAC championships. Before attending Hanover, Getter played two seasons at Centre College in Kentucky.

Getter and his wife, Michelle, have a son, William, and a daughter, Madelyn.

Assistant Coach
Vic Sfera

On Sept. 2, 2016, Liberty Men's Basketball Head Coach Ritchie McKay announced the hiring of Vic Sfera as an assistant coach. Sfera makes his way to the Hill City following two seasons with the Virginia men's basketball program.

Sfera, who served as the men's basketball technology assistant at UVa from 2010-12, re-joined the Virginia men's basketball staff after a two-year stint as an assistant coach at Northern Arizona University. He was promoted to director of scouting/recruiting after serving as a technology and scouting assistant for UVa in 2014-15.

In addition to his time at UVA, Sfera was a member of the technical staff for the U16 Romanian national team, working with the squad during the 2016 FIBA European Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, this past August. Among his duties, Sfera helped prepare the team for competition, assisting the coaching staff with scouting and player development.

During his time with the Lumberjacks, Sfera helped NAU advance to the Big Sky Conference Tournament each year and saw one of the biggest turnarounds in program history. Sfera was primarily responsible for coaching the team's perimeter players, opponent scouting and recruiting.

Prior to Virginia, Sfera worked under then first-year head coach Josh Pastner at the University of Memphis in 2009-10 where he served as the head student manager, helping the Tigers advance to the NIT.

Sfera began his collegiate coaching career as a student assistant coach and video coordinator under NAIA Hall of Fame coach Dr. Dave Holmquist at Biola University in La Mirada, California. He was involved in the Eagles' game preparation, player development and recruiting efforts, and helped Biola advance to the 2009 NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City, Missouri.

In 2006-07, Sfera served as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Capistrano Valley Christian School under San Diego High School Hall of Champions coach Randy Wright. He has worked at numerous basketball camps around the country including Colorado, Pepperdine, UC-Irvine and Arizona. Sfera also served as a head coach with the North Orange County Stars AAU program and assisted with the California Summer Pro League.

Sfera played collegiately at MiraCosta College in Oceanside, Calif., after prepping at Capistrano Valley Christian School where he was an All-Academy League selection and one of the top three-point shooters in the CIF-Southern Section.

Sfera earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Memphis in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in behavioral sciences and sport studies in 2010. He earned his master's degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University in 2013.

Sfera is married to the former Rachel Kennedy from Raleigh, N.C.

Men's Basketball Director of Performance
Henry Barrera

Henry Barrera joined the Liberty men's basketball program as its Director of Performance in June 2015.

Barrera comes to Liberty from the state of Oregon, where he was a Performance Training Specialist at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton. While at Nike he was instrumental in designing training content for multiple projects including Jordan Brand's Terminal 23 in New York and The Hangar in Los Angeles. He continues to consultant with many training companies including Nike Basketball, the Jordan Brand, Nike N7, Shoot 360 and multiple others.

As a basketball player, Barrera began his college career with Leon Rice at Yakima Valley Community College helping rebuild a dormant program and eventually becoming league co-champs in 1996-97. After two years at Yakima Valley Community College Henry moved onto Multnomah University where he had a stellar career, averaging close to 20.0 ppg and dishing out almost 8.0 apg. Barrera was rewarded for his hard work and dedication by being named a three-time All-American and was ultimately honored with the 1999-2000 NCCAA Pete Maravich National Player of the Year award.

After receiving his bachelor's degree, Barrera played one season of professional basketball in Sweden before beginning his coaching and performance training career 14 years ago. Along the way, Barrera made a stop at Concordia University, serving as the men's basketball strength and conditioning coach for four years, where he received a Master's degree. In addition, Barrera has spent the last decade serving in multiple capacities at the high school level, including the last seven years at West Linn High School where he helped build the Lions into one of the top programs in the country, winning three straight Oregon state championships.

Barerra has built a strong reputation for his relentless pursuit to improve human performance, specifically for basketball players. His history as a player and integrated training philosophy allow him to impact the program in multiple ways.

Barrera has owned and operated Hoop Diaries, a basketball and performance training company for the last seven years, training athletes world-wide with the mission of learning, sharing and growing.

He makes his way to the Hill City along with his wife of 15 years, Melody, and four children - three daughters, Maya, Malia, and Moriah, and son, Marquez.

Director of Basketball Operations
Chelsea Mangino

Chelsea Mangino enters her second year with the Flames, and her first year as the Director of Basketball Operations for the program. She organizes travel and recruiting, helps run camp, oversees team meals, handles scheduling and helps make sure all aspects of the program run smoothly.

While earning a bachelor's degree in religious studies and a Master of Teaching in Elementary Education at Virginia, Mangino served four years as a student manager with the Cavaliers men's basketball program (2010-14). After graduation, Mangino spent a year teaching at an elementary school in Charlottesville.

Last year, Mangino served as a graduate assistant for Liberty men's basketball. In her role, she oversaw recruiting, planned road trips and team meals, helped train a group of managers, and assisted in other administrative and facility needs. She is pursuing a Master of Business Administration, and hopes to complete it while serving in her current position.

Chelsea is the daughter of life-long educator Ann and accomplished collegiate and NBA coach Larry Mangino. Her sister Grace is a recent graduate of Virginia Tech.

Director of Player Development
Marcus Conrad

As Director of Player Development, Conrad's duties are to assist with laying out plans for each player on and off the court in order to maximize their potential as a student and basketball player. Conrad will also assist with recruiting activities, setting up official visits and hosting prospects and their parents. He will constantly be updating recruiting boards while providing daily recruiting updates to the coaching staff.

Prior to being hired as the Director of Player Development, Conrad spent the previous two years with the Flames as a graduate assistant. While serving as a graduate assistant, Conrad oversaw Liberty's student managers and handled behind-the-scenes game day and practice operations. He also assisted the coaching staff with day-to-day operations, including video breakdown, scouting and managing the recruiting database. Conrad recently graduated with a master's degree in sport management at Liberty.

Conrad is no stranger to the Lynchburg area, as he graduated from Brookville High School in 2011. He continued his education at Virginia, receiving a bachelor's degree in engineering in 2015. While with the Cavaliers men's basketball program, he served as a student manager under Tony Bennett and was promoted to head manager his senior year. In his role as head manager, he assisted with travel arrangements, meals, video editing and recruiting coordination.