Ross Liberati, a two-time First Team All-Patriot League defender who helped lead the Bucknell men’s soccer team to a pair of Patriot League titles and NCAA Tournament appearances, has returned to his alma mater in 2016 to serve as assistant coach under Brendan Nash.
“We are very pleased to have Ross back in the program,” said Nash. “During his four-year career he had personal and team success based on his ability, soccer knowledge and most importantly his passion. I know he will know how to pass this along to our current student-athletes. Ross literally was once in their shoes. Therefore, it will be very easy for him to develop a relationship with them immediately. For the last five years, he has matured as a coach and person at Frostburg and Washington and Lee. We are fortunate he is coming back to Lewisburg and look forward to him working with our student-athletes.”
Liberati graduated from Bucknell in 2011 with a bachelor of science degree in business administration, and he immediately got involved in coaching at the collegiate level. From 2011-13 he was the lead assistant coach at Frostburg State University, where he also earned his master’s degree in business administration.
In 2013 he moved on to Washington & Lee University, where he served as the top assistant for head coach Michael Singleton. Liberati was involved in all aspects of a Generals program that last season finished 16-4-2, won the Old Dominion Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament championships, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. That team featured seven all-conference players, including the ODAC Player of the Year, while claiming its first league title in 15 years.
Washington & Lee compiled a 37-12-9 record in Liberati’s three seasons at the Lexington, Virginia, school. In addition to his coaching duties, Liberati also taught physical education courses in soccer, racquetball and team handball, and he also served in an operations capacity at W&L athletics events and with the school’s fitness center.
Liberati also has extensive coaching experience at camps and youth academies, and he has earned his advanced national diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
At Bucknell, Liberati captained the Bison as a senior in 2010. That year he was named Patriot League Tournament MVP as Bucknell captured its second straight league title. Liberati scored both goals in a 2-0 win over American in the league title game, and he was part of a defense that posted back-to-back tournament shutouts with only four shots on goal conceded.
In 2009, Liberati was part of a team that defeated Princeton 1-0 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Liberati was a First Team All-Patriot League selection in both 2009 and 2010, and he was also a two-time NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Region pick, earning First Team honors as a senior and Third Team honors as a junior. He received Bucknell’s Bryan-Humphries Award, as the member of the entire senior class who “exhibited exceptional versatility within his/her sport, displaying outstanding achievement and the selfless determination to help the team succeed by contributing in a variety of ways.”
Bucknell finished 7-7-5 this past season, falling to Lehigh in the first round of the Patriot League Tournament.