Scott Jackson was named the seventh head coach of Liberty’s baseball program on July 17, 2016. Jackson is no stranger to Liberty, having served as the team’s pitching coach during the 2008 season.
During his one season with the Flames, Jackson helped Liberty post a 35-26-1 record and a 14-7 mark in Big South play. Liberty was the No. 2 seed at the 2008 Big South Baseball Championship and advanced to the event’s title game.
Following the 2008 season, two of Jackson’s pupils were selected in the Major League Baseball Draft. Left-hander Ryan Page was selected in the 20th round by the Toronto Blue Jays and right-hander David Stokes was taken by the Detroit Tigers in the 28th round.
Since his time with the Flames, Jackson has spent the last eight seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at North Carolina. Jackson worked with the Tar Heels offense, as well as hitting, base running and infield play.
Liberty Flames Head Baseball Coach Scott Jackson has announced the addition of Tyler Cannon as an assistant coach. Cannon will assist in all aspects of the Liberty baseball program, while focusing on the team’s infielders and hitters.
Cannon joins the Liberty coaching staff after two years as an assistant coach at Army. Before his time at West Point, Cannon served as a student assistant coach at his alma mater Virginia, helping the Cavalilers finish as the 2014 National Runner-up.
This past season, Cannon, a shortstop during his collegiate days, helped play a key role in the development of 2016 Patroit League first team shorstop Kris Linder. After two seasons at second base, Linder had a breakthrough season in 2016 for the Black Knights, leading the team with a .315 batting average and 53 hits. He also posted a .430 on base percentage, starting 46 of Army’s 48 games.
Liberty Flames Head Baseball Coach Scott Jackson has announced the addition of Bryant Gaines as an assistant coach. Gaines will serve as the Flames’ pitching coach and assist in all aspects of the Liberty baseball program.Gaines joins the Liberty staff after four seasons as a member of the North Carolina Tar Heel coaching staff. A former North Carolina pitcher and member of four consecutive College World Series teams, Gaines assisted in all aspects of the Tar Heels’ program, focusing on the UNC pitching staff. He also served as the camp director for the Carolina Baseball Camps.During his four seasons as a member of Head Coach Mike Fox’s staff, the Tar Heels won 162 games, including a school-record 59 in 2013. North Carolina made its 10th trip to the College World Series in program history that season, with Gaines having been a part of five of those teams as either a player or a coach.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Former Liberty catcher Payton Scarbrough joined the Flames coaching staff in July of 2018. Scarborough works with the team’s catchers and hitters and is responsible for field maintenance and camps.
In two seasons at Liberty, Scarbrough played in 79 games, posting a .261 batting average with eight home runs, 33 RBI and 43 runs scored. The catcher threw out 39 percent of the runners trying to steal during his Flames career. In addition, Scarbrough earned inclusion on the Big South Presidential Honor Roll in each of his two years for his efforts in the classroom.
Before transferring to Liberty, he hit .383 with 39 RBI and 42 runs scored in 46 games at Eastern Oklahoma State in 2015. Scarbrough graduated from Liberty with a degree in criminal justice in 2017 and is currently, working on his master’s degree in Christian Ministry. A newlywed, Scarbrough and his wife Danielle, a Liberty student, married this past summer.
Director of Baseball Operations
Daniel Brown begins his second year as the Director of Baseball Operations for the Liberty baseball program. He oversees several administrative phases of the Liberty baseball program, including team travel, budget, academics, alumni relations and day-to-day operations of the office.
In addition, Brown oversees all equipment management, administers camps and is the primary contact on the staff with the umpire crews for every home game.
No stranger to the Flames’ baseball program, Brown was a member of the Liberty baseball team from 2011-13. A pitcher, he appeared in 22 games without recording a decision. In each of his four seasons, he earned inclusion on the Big South Presidential Honor Roll.