Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Liberty tabs Boruta to round out coaching staff

Liberty's new director of operations sounds like she'll be good for the Lady Flames, and good for folks like us, too.

The Lady Flames are excited about Sarah Boruta because, after spending the past three years at mighty Stanford, it's clear she knows a thing or two about successful programs. We're excited because it sounds like Boruta is a social media whiz. Her credentials along these lines are impeccable - Boruta owns associate degrees in web media and visual design and a bachelor's in graphic design in addition to a master's in sports management. With her spearheading Stanford's promotional agenda, the Cardinal saw an 18 percent spike in attendance and a 340-percent rise in student attendance during her time on the Farm.

Now, it's one thing to generate interest in a glamour program like Stanford, quite another to boost the profile of a mid-major like Liberty.  I mean, Candice Wiggins and Jayne Appel aren't walking through that door. Then again, Liberty is kind of the Stanford of the Big South (13 titles in 15 years), so who knows?

Anyway, we figure someone with Boruta's skills will definitely make it easier to know what's up with the Lady Flames this season and beyond. We've never met the woman. But Coach Carey Green, we approve of this hire (Bet you'll sleep much better tonight knowing we have your back).

Boruta replaces Adam Deyo, who accepted an assistant coaching position at Tennessee Tech after eight years at Liberty, the last six as director of ops. It's the latest in a series of coaching shuffles during a turbulent offseason for the brains behind several of the state's Division I programs. Following is a list of the 2010/11 coaches that have moved on and landed other gigs:


Angel Elderkin – director of video operations, LSU

Wendy Palmer – head coach, UNC Greensboro

Bethany Dannelly (assistant director of operations) - assistant coach, Colby College


Beth Dunkenberger - director of operations, Tulane

Shellie Greenman – assistant coach, Tennessee Tech

Stacy Cantley - assistant coach, Wisconsin

Angela Crosby - assistant coach, Charlotte

Jill Jameson (director of operations) - director of operations, Wisconsin


Belle Koclanes - assistant coach, American

Celeste Hill-Brockett - working in Covington, (Kent.) school district


Adam Deyo (director of operations) - assistant coach, Tennessee Tech


Gayle Coats - assistant coach, UNC Greensboro


Keith McCray - assistant coach, UNC Greensboro

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