Chris Misiano, B.S., M.A.R., M.R.E.
Vice President of Campus Recreation
The Department of Campus Recreation provides a variety of options for resident and online students to interact socially through state of the art indoor and outdoor recreation facilities as well as programs and services that provide entertainment and physical fitness.
Campus Recreation helps to connect students to all that Liberty University has to offer beyond the classroom. By offering dozens of sporting options through the Intramural Sports and Club Sports departments, Campus Recreation gives every student an opportunity to participate in a competitive sport. In order to assist in the social atmosphere on campus, the Student Activities department plans weekly entertainment events. Several different fitness facilities are available for student use to stay physically fit, or they can relax with friends at one of the different lounge areas on campus. With all of these options, Campus Recreation offers something for everyone.
Steph Ward, B.S., M.S.
Director of Student Activities
The Student Activities department is committed to the service of the students of Liberty University by providing a variety of culturally-relevant events and recreational activities throughout each semester, giving students a full calendar of social occasions to interact with one another and enhance their overall experience.
Student Activities provides an extensive variety of entertainment opportunities, usually free or at an exclusive Liberty University discount price. Events range from concerts featuring nationally acclaimed performers (Lecrae, Switchfoot, For King & Country, Needtobreathe, and more), movie nights, game nights, student concerts, art expos and more. For detailed information visit the Student Activities website at http://www.liberty.edu/studentactivities.
Mike Ellsworth, B.S., M.A.
Director of Outdoor Recreation
The Outdoor Recreation Department plans and executes a wide range of outdoor events and trips each semester. Outdoor Recreation staff provide opportunities for students to go white water rafting, kayaking, horseback riding, fly fishing, hiking, and camping. The Outdoor Recreation Department also hosts the Liberty Mountain Trail Series, which comprises several trail races during the fall and spring semesters.
Hydaway Outdoor Recreation Center
The Hydaway Outdoor Recreation Center features an eight-acre lake with beach access for swimming, as well as outdoor equipment rentals. Students can check out items such as, canoes, kayaks, fishing gear, camping gear, and mountain bikes. Additionally, team building and leadership development courses can be scheduled for groups on our high and low ropes course. The facility has eight campsites and multi-purpose space for group meetings as well as events.
Liberty Mountain Trail System
The Liberty Mountain Trail System consists of over 65 miles of single and double track trails and logging roads that spans approximately 5,000 acres. The mountain rises to over 1,360 feet and offers something for all difficulty levels, from a leisurely stroll to the Liberty University Monogram, to cross country and gravity-fed trails for both hiking and mountain biking. A trail map and additional information is available online at http://www.liberty.edu/outdoorrecreation.
Jamie Swyers, B.S., M.P.H.
Director of Recreation Centers
Recreation Centers (which includes the LaHaye Recreation and Fitness Center, Montview Bowling Alley, Montview Game Room, David’s Place, and the Liberty Natatorium) provide multiple opportunities for meeting the recreational, fitness, and wellness needs of the University family. More information is available online at www.liberty.edu/campusrec/reccenters or by calling (434) 592-3223.
Lahaye Recreation and Fitness Center
The LaHaye Recreation and Fitness Center offers students a variety of co-curricular environments that provide vital physical and social outlets for the development of a well-rounded collegiate experience. This includes state of the art fitness equipment, 7 basketball courts, 4 racquetball courts, 2 indoor soccer fields, a rock wall, an aquatic center, an indoor track, six group exercise studios, and more. Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of programs including over 80 group fitness classes per week, personal training, bouldering classes, fitness workshops and competitions.
Montview Bowling Alley and Game Room
The Montview Bowling Alley provides 8 bowling lanes and 2 billiards tables. Bowling balls and shoes are available for rental. Students can bowl by the game or by the hour. Bowling memberships are available for purchase for unlimited bowling. The Montview Game Room provides board games, PS4 games, XBOX One games, pool cues, paddles, and other equipment for checkout. There are several game consoles, billiard tables and table tennis tables available for use with the checked out equipment.
David’s Place is dedicated to the memory of David A. DeMoss, a gentle and loving young man who died tragically in an automobile accident in January 1988. David’s Place is a recreational center that offers billiards, a theatre (featuring a Blu-ray player with a surround sound system), video gaming room (with Playstation 4), and a heated outdoor pool with patio heaters on the pool deck. The facility features Bistro ’71, our grab-and-go location offering delicious flatbread melts and gourmet pizzettes.
The Liberty Natatorium is a multi-use, state of the art aquatics facility. The building features an Olympic size, 10 lane pool with a moveable bulk head to adjust the distances to 50 meters, 25 meters or 25 yards. The facility also contains a 17 foot deep diving well with diving platforms ranging from 1-10 meters high. Students can take advantage of this facility during recreational swim hours during the week.
Suzanne Flaig, B.A.
Associate Director/Associate Head Coach
The Equestrian Center is home to Liberty Hunter and Western Equestrian Teams, trail riding opportunities as well as student boarders and physical education riding classes. Three main barns hold 52 horse stalls, 8 grooming stalls, and 5 indoor wash stalls with hot water. There are air-conditioned and heated boarder and team tack rooms, feed rooms, offices, equestrian team locker rooms and showers, team lounge and study rooms, classroom, as well as restrooms and kitchenettes. Wireless internet is throughout the boarder barn. All stalls are rubber matted, 12’ x 12’, with sliding front doors and Dutch back doors, most with an all-weather outdoor run. High ceilings and 14’ wide aisle ways make the barns roomy and airy.
Horses are provided with daily turnout in 18 pastures, each from 5 to 10 hilly acres with automatic waterers and loafing sheds. There are miles of riding trails on the mountain, in addition to the two brand new arenas. The 120’ x 300’ outdoor ring has lights and an automatic water cannon watering system. The 120’ x 300’ indoor ring is one of largest in Virginia, with state-of-the-art lights and ventilation, and is used for collegiate shows and other events, in addition to daily riding. Altogether, the Liberty Equestrian Center is nearly 400 acres, with 60 stalls, and 72,000 square feet of high tech riding surface. More information can be found here https://www.liberty.edu/campusrec/equestrian/.
Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre
Caleb Acree, B.A.
Liberty Mountain Snowflex® Centre, located off Candler’s Mountain Road, consists of two main distinct ski runs. This includes a beginner slope, intermediate slope, advanced slope/terrain park, a 260-foot tubing run, a trampoline and a 50 x 50 ft. Airbag for air awareness training. The 550-foot terrain run has three jumps with a quarter pipe at the bottom, and a 550-foot ski slope with multiple rail features for all levels.
The ski lodge is an 8,000 square foot facility at the base of the ski runs. This building houses the ticket office, ski school, event scheduling, and rental area on the first floor with a seating and concession area on the second floor with a full view of the ski slope, amazing view of the campus and the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Snowflex Centre is a great venue for birthday parties, business meetings, classes, and events. It hosts multiple ski and snowboard summer camps along with fun activities all summer long. The Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre is open all year round for Liberty University students and public access.
The Liberty Mountain Skate Park is located in the Candler’s Mountain Shopping Center. The Skate Park is an indoor facility, which allows students and the community to skateboard, BMX, or inline skate all year round. The Park has various features for beginners through advanced, such as: two mini ramps, quarter pipe, hubba box, handrails, and a bowl.
Ed Barnhouse, B.S.
Director of Intramural Sports
The University believes that sports, both inter-collegiate and intramural, have definite educational value, and that few other agencies offer so much that is potentially good for character building in American youth.
Intramural Sports are organized recreational sports leagues that allow students at Liberty to participate in a variety of team and individual sports. Competition exists, but the real focus of intramural sports is health and exercise, social interaction, stress reduction, sportsmanship, and teamwork.
During the fall and spring semester, a program of competitive intramural sports is sponsored that opens the way for wide participation on the part of both men and women. Information on intramural sports is available at https://www.liberty.edu/campusrec/intramural-sports/.
- Men’s Ultimate Frisbee
- Women’s Ultimate Frisbee
- Coed Ultimate Frisbee
- Men's Broomball
- Women's Broomball
- Coed Broomball
- Men's Flag Football
- Women's Flag Football
- Fantasy Football
- Men’s Outdoor Soccer
- Women’s Outdoor Soccer
- Men’s Indoor Soccer
- Women’s Indoor Soccer
- Disc Golf
- Dunk Contest
- Table Tennis
- Coed Volleyball
- Men’s Basketball
- Women’s Basketball
- Men’s 4 v 4 Flag Football
- Men’s 3-point Shootout
- Women’s 3-point Shootout
- Men’s Beach Volleyball
- Women’s Beach Volleyball
- Coed Beach Volleyball
- Men’s Softball
- Women’s Softball
- Men’s Dodgeball
- Women’s Dodgeball
- Coed Dodgeball
Sand Volleyball Complex
Consisting of eight courts, which were completed in two phases, this facility is a premiere venue in the area. Lights provide the opportunity for evening play. The complex is the home for Liberty’s men’s and women’s Beach Volleyball Teams and coed intramural sports leagues. It is also available for pick up play for the Liberty University students.
East Campus Athletic Complex
The East Campus Athletics Complex was completed in August 2011. Two fields are surfaced with an in-filled synthetic turf that is the home of men’s and women’s lacrosse teams. A third astro turf field is the home of the women’s field hockey team. All three fields are used for intramural sports play that includes soccer, flag football and ultimate Frisbee. A fieldhouse with offices, team rooms and locker rooms is also located at the complex.
Liberty Mountain Intramural Sports Complex
This recreational facility was completed on East Campus in fall 2012. It consists of four distinct areas. A 220,000 square foot, multi-purpose turf area is the home to flag football, softball and ultimate Frisbee. A natural grass, recreational softball field sits next to the turf area. Due to the enormous popularity of the sand volleyball courts, four additional courts were added to make a total of eight courts at Liberty University.
Liberty University’s Paintball Team has a premiere facility to prepare for and host competitions. The paintball complex consists of two fields with a retractable netting system made with a protective mesh. Students may watch the team behind the safety of the netting during practices. These fields are open for Club Sports, special events, and recruitment events.
Disc Golf Courses
Two different courses exist on Liberty’s campus. The first is located on the mountain near the Hydaway Outdoor Recreation in conjunction with the Liberty Trail System, and the second is located on East Campus. They serve as the home of the Liberty Flames Disc Golf Team. Disc golf is similar to traditional golf in that players tee off and attempt to reach a particular hole in the fewest number of strokes. Unlike normal golf, however, players throw discs, and the “holes” are actually elevated baskets made of metal. The 27-hole course located at the Hydaway Outdoor Recreation Center and the 20-hole course located on East Campus include tee pads for beginners and experts alike.
Usage will vary from intramural sports leagues, to open recreational play among students.
3-D Archery Range
Located on Liberty Mountain, is a 3-D Archery Range nestled in 10 acres for the Liberty Flames Archery Team. The range consists of 20 life-like animal targets as well as several practice bag targets. In order to qualify as a potential state qualifier site, the range is setup to comply with Archery Shooters Association (ASA) standards. The Archery Team has access to shoot and hold tournaments on the 3-D Archery Range.
Liberty Mountain Gun Range
Bill Crawford, B.S., M.S.
Located across the street from Hydaway Outdoor Recreation Center, the nearly 600 acre facility is home to state-of-the-art Olympic Shotgun fields, 100 to 300 yard rifle ranges, and a 3-Gun/Pistol range. The Shotgun portion has four disciplines: Trap (American or International), Skeet (American or International), 5-Stand, and Sporting Clays. The Rifle range will host 100, 200, and 300 yard ranges to allow for higher powered firearms to be used. Lastly, our 3-Gun/Pistol range will be a multi-use facility that allows for a mix of both higher and lower powered firearms.
Students will able to shoot on the range provided they show completion of Liberty University Police Department’s (LUPD) Gun Safety Course, which has two parts: 1) class room instruction and 2) showing competency with firearms on LUPD’s current range. The Liberty Mountain Gun Range (or Club) is also home to Liberty University’s Competitive Shooting Team. More information on the team can be found here https://www.liberty.edu/campusrec/gun-range/.