Five added to Liberty Hall of Fame class for 2018
Five new members will be inducted into the Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony in September. The Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018 will include representatives from football, men’s basketball, men’s golf, women’s track & field and wrestling.
The five-member class, the 10th to be inducted into the Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame, will be honored during special ceremonies surrounding Liberty’s football matchup with Norfolk State on Sept. 15 at Williams Stadium.
The five-member class includes Peter Aluma (men’s basketball), Rashad Jennings (football), Frank Landrey (men’s golf head coach), Danielle [McNaney] Detmer (women’s track & field) and Warren Stewart (wrestling).
The Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held, Sept. 14, on the Club Pavilion level of the Williams Stadium Tower. Additionally, the five-member class will receive special recognition during the Norfolk State contest the evening following the ceremony.
The Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame celebrates the best of the best, honoring those who helped shape the face of Liberty Athletics. The Hall of Fame’s now 52 members have each played a key role in helping Liberty grow from an NCCAA program in 1972 to its current status as a thriving NCAA Division I program today.
Men’s Basketball: 1994-97
Peter Aluma had an immediate impact on Liberty’s men’s basketball program, helping the Flames capture the program’s first-ever Big South title in 1994 and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament during his freshman season.
By the time Aluma closed out his career at Liberty four years later, the native of Lagos, Nigeria, would leave his mark on the record books for years to come. The center finished his career with 1,715 points scored and still holds the program record for career blocked shots (366) and free throws attempted (677).
Aluma was a three-time Big South all-conference selection (first team: 1996 and 1997; second team: 1995) and was the Big South Men’s Basketball Championship MVP in both 1994 and 1997. He is a two-time NABC all-region honoree (1996 and 1997) and was inducted into the Big South Hall of Fame in 2008.
Following his career at Liberty, Aluma played for the Sacramento Kings (1998-99 season) and was on the Phoenix Suns’ preseason roster in 1999-2000. He also played professionally in Venezuela in 1998, was a member of the Nigeria national team that played in the 1998 World FIBA Championship and played for the Harlem Globetrotters in 2001.
Although Rashad Jennings last donned a Liberty uniform in 2008, the native of Forest, Va., has continued to have an impact on his hometown school and alma mater more than a decade later.
During his three years with the program (2006-08), Jennings rushed for 3,633 yards and set program records for career rushing touchdowns (42), 100-yard games (22) and points scored (278).
Jennings was a consensus first-team All-American during his senior year when he rushed for 1,526 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2008. He earned his second Big South Offensive Player of the Year award during his senior year, finishing eighth in the voting for the Walter Payton Award (top FCS player in the country).
The bruising running back became the sixth player in program history to be selected in the NFL Draft when the Jacksonville Jaguars picked him in the seventh round in 2008. He had a seven-year career in the NFL, rushing for 3,772 yards and 23 touchdowns, while playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars (2009-12), the Oakland Raiders (2013) and the New York Giants (2014-16). Following his professional playing days, Jennings competed as a contestant on the 24th season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, becoming the fourth NFL player to win the Mirrorball trophy.
Men’s Golf: 1992-04
Frank Landrey’s tireless efforts during a 12-year coaching career helped set a course to make Liberty men’s golf a perennial top-50 program. After he was named the program’s second head coach on July 1, 1992, Landrey led the Flames to 11 team victories and had seven player capture tournament individual medalist honors during his coaching career.
Landrey, who earned his master’s degree from Liberty in 1991, guided the Flames to their first NCAA Division I team tournament victory in 1994. His squad was the first Liberty team to defeat Notre Dame in athletics department history when the Flames captured the title at the 2000 St. John’s Classic, finishing ahead of No. 30 Notre Dame. Liberty posted eight top-five finishes at the Big South Men’s Golf Championship under Landrey’s leadership, while he also helped Yong Joo become Liberty’s first Big South Men’s Golfer of the Year when he captured the individual title in 2000.
The men’s golf program became the first team in athletics department history to receive an at-large selection into an NCAA Division I postseason event. The team was selected to participate in the 2003 NCAA Men’s Golf East Regional, helping Landrey earn GCAA Regional Coach of the Year honors.
Landrey’s players not only excelled on the course, but also in the classroom as five of his student-athletes were named to the GCAA/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar team, the top national academic listing in collegiate golf.
Danielle [McNaney] Detmer
Women’s Track & Field: 2002-05
Danielle [McNaney] Detmer is the most decorated multi-event female athlete in Liberty’s track & field program history, having set records that have stood for more than a decade.
During her stellar four-year career, Detmer helped the Lady Flames capture three Big South Indoor Track Championship titles (2002, 2003 and 2005) and a pair of Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championship titles (2002 and 2003). She was a 13-time Big South champion and was the 2003 Big South Most Outstanding Track Performer at the outdoor track championship where she tallied 46 points to lead her team to the conference title.
Detmer is the only three-time ECAC champion in program history, finishing as the pentathlon champion in 2004 and 2005 and the heptathlon champion in 2005. She set a Liberty and Big South record with 5,504 points when she won the 2005 Penn Relays heptathlon. She competed in the heptathlon at three NCAA Division I Outdoor Track Championships, finishing as high as 11th place in 2005.
The native of Gardner, Kan., was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American (2004: second team; 2005: first team) and was named to the Big South Women’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2005. Following her career, she competed in both the U.S. Olympic Team Trials and USATF Outdoor Track & Field Championships and helped Team USA win the 2006 Thorpe Cup title.
After taking two years off to serve in the United State Marine Corps following high school graduation, Warren Stewart burst onto the national scene when he won the 1988 NCAA Division II national championship, becoming the only NCAA champion in program history.
The 142-pound wrestler finished the 1988 season with a brilliant 28-8 record, which included a perfect 4-0 mark at the national championship event. Stewart upset No. 4 seed Dane Maue of the Colorado School of Mines, 7-0, in the national championship bout. He helped Liberty capture the NCAA Division II South Regional championship in 1988 and finish in ninth place at the NCAA Division II National Championship.
Stewart was a three-time NCAA Division I national qualifier (1988-99-90) and a two-time Eastern Regional champion (1989-90). He is a member of the Flames’ Bronze Medal Club, signifying a student-athlete who posted more than 60 career victories as he finished his three-year career with a 73-16-2 record (81.3 winning percentage).
The native of Lewistown, Pa., served as an assistant coach with the program during the 1990-91 season before starting full-time ministry work. Along with his wife, Julie, Stewart has served with Campus Crusade for Christ for nearly two decades.