Staff
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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Associate Head Coach
Jose Gomez

Former Liberty standout Jose Gomez has been a member of the Liberty coaching staff since 2014. He enters his first year as Associate Head Coach, after serving in an assistant coaching position at his alma mater. The former Flames forward oversees and share responsibilities in recruiting, coaching and practice planning, scheduling, professional development and the program's administration.

Gomez joined the Liberty men's soccer coaching staff in 2014 after nine seasons as the head men's soccer coach at Palm Beach Atlantic in West Palm Beach, Fla. He led the Sailfish to a 103-65-15 overall record during his tenure and guided Palm Beach Atlantic to the program's first-ever National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Championship in 2010.
The Valrico, Fla., native was named NSCAA/NCCAA National Coach of the Year in 2010. He was also selected the NCCAA South Region Coach of the Year in 2012. Off the field, Gomez' 2013 team earned a NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 2012-13 year.
In 2013, Gomez earned his 100th career coaching victory, leading Palm Beach Atlantic to 10-3-1 record. The Sailfish ranked as high as No. 10 in the NSCAA Top 25 and finished the year third in the nation in total offense.
Gomez' 2012 team posted the most successful year since entering the NCAA Division II ranks in 2006, finishing the year with a 14-4-2 record. The Sailfish went on to claim their seventh consecutive NCCAA South Region Championship in school history.
Also during his time in South Florida, Gomez was on staff of the Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) League's MagicJack in 2011. The team had nine United States World Cup players including Abby Wambach, Hope Solo, Christie Rampone and Becky Sauerbrunn. He was responsible for the preparation and coaching of daily training sessions when the players returned from the World Cup in Germany. The team finished third in the WPS in 2011.
Gomez was named to the 1990-99 Big South All-Decade team for his play during his four seasons as a Liberty Flame from 1997-2000. He was the 2000 Big South Player of the Year and a four-time Big South All-Conference team member. The forward was selected to the all-conference first team in both 1999 and 2000, while being named to the all-conference second team in 1997 and 1998. He also was named to All-South Atlantic Region in 1999 and 2000.
Gomez is currently tied for fifth on Liberty's career goals list with 32 and ranks sixth all-time on the program's career points list with 77. In 2000 as a senior, the forward led the Flames in scoring with nine goals and three assists for 21 points.
Gomez was drafted by the Charlotte Eagles in 2000 and played with the team for three seasons, earning All A-League second-team honors in 2002. During this time, he trained with the Chicago Fire and with D.C. United. In 2004, Gomez moved to Virginia where he continued his professional career playing with the Virginia Beach Mariners for two seasons.
Gomez holds a USSF "A" license, a NSCAA Premier Diploma and a NSCAA National Youth license.
Gomez graduated from Liberty in May of 2000 with a bachelor's degree in communications and earned a MBA from Liberty in 2006.

Gomez, his wife Carrie, their daughters, Selah and Emery, and son, Royce, reside in Lynchburg, Va.

Director of Performance Analysis
AJ Madero

A member of the Liberty men's soccer coaching staff since 2010, A.J. Madero currently serves as the Director of Performance Analysis for his alma mater. After joining Head Coach Jeff Alder's staff as a graduate assistant in 2010, Madero served as assistant coach with the program through the 2016 season.
Madero directs supporting personnel in enhancing athletic performance and improving player development. A member of the 2006 and 2007 Flames, the former goalkeeper oversees physical development, nutrition, recovery and conditioning, while developing uses for performance data, research and innovation. In addition, he is involved in opposition scouting and analysis and developing key pre-match tactical concepts for both players and staff.
In two of Madero's five seasons, the Flames have reached the Big South Championship title game. In 2013, Madero assisted head coach Jeff Alder in helping Liberty rebound from a slow start early in the year to advance the 2013 Big South title game. The Flames became the first No. 7 seed to play for the conference title since 1992. Liberty shut out No. 2 seed High Point (1-0) and No. 3 Longwood to earn a place in the Big South title contest.
In his first year as an assistant, Madero help guide the Flames to the 2011 Big South title. Liberty posted an 11-6-3 overall record and a 4-4-1 Big South mark. The former Flames goalkeeper mentored freshman goalkeepers Scott Sutarik and Josh Pacella, who helped the Flames lead the Big South Conference in goals allowed (0.95), goals against average (0.91) and shutouts (9).
Sutarik led the Big South with a 0.56 goals-against average and in save percentage with an .850 save percentage, earning Big South All-Tournament and All-Freshman team honors. The freshman goalkeeper also tied for the conference lead with six shutouts, recording them in 10 games played.
Madero's first year as a member of the coaching staff came in 2010, he served as a volunteer assistant coach.
Madero, a native of Tampa, Fla., earned All-Big South second team accolades in 2009, as well as garnering conference player of the week honors during the season. Additionally, the goalkeeper was a member of Liberty's 2007 Big South Conference championship team.
Madero also etched his name on several Liberty single season and career record lists, despite suffering a season-ending injury during the Flames' first round Big South Tournament contest in 2009. He holds the lowest career goals-against average in Big South Conference history with a 0.52 GAA.
Madero posted the second-best goals-against average for a season in Liberty history with a 0.45 GAA and tied for second in program annals with 10 shutouts in 2009. He compiled an 11-4-3 record and finished the year fourth in nation in the final NCAA Division I Statistical Report in GAA.
During his two seasons on the Flames' roster, Madero compiled a 16-4-6 record with a school-record low goals-against average of 0.52, logging over 2,416 minutes in the Liberty net. He holds the Osborne Stadium record with eight consecutive shutouts, completing his career without conceding a goal at the facility and finishing a strong 10-0-2 at home.
Madero earned his Bachelor of Science degree in general studies with a specialization in kinesiology from Liberty in 2010 and earned a master's degree in sports management in May of 2014. He also has been involved in youth soccer coaching and instructional camps throughout the east coast.
He and his wife Sara, an assistant coach with the women's hockey coach and a staff member with Club Sports at Liberty, live in Lynchburg.