Staff
Head Coach
Lang Wedemeyer

Liberty University Director of Athletics Ian McCaw announced the hiring of Lang Wedemeyer as Liberty's new head women's soccer coach on Jan. 31, 2017. Wedemeyer is the eighth in the program's history.
Wedemeyer comes to Liberty following a highly successful 17-year run as the head women's soccer coach at South Dakota State. During his time at the helm of the Jackrabbits' program, Wedemeyer led South Dakota State to four Summit League championships and trips to the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship (2008, 2014, 2015 and 2016).
Wedemeyer has his U.S. Soccer "A" License, his NSCAA Premier diploma, an NSCAA Level 3 Goalkeeper diploma and a U.S. Youth Soccer National license. Throughout his coaching career, Wedemeyer has been around elite competition coaching against youth national teams in the Netherlands, Germany, Portugal, Spain and Belgium with ODP Regional teams.
During his 17 seasons at South Dakota State, Wedemeyer posted a 161-123-39 record, including 10 seasons with 10 or more victories. During the Jackrabbits' run of three-straight Summit League titles, South Dakota State has posed a 32-21-9 record the last three years.
"I am incredibly excited to be joining the Liberty family as the next head women's soccer coach," commented Wedemeyer. "The combination of Christian values, a competitive environment and a commitment to helping the student-athletes be their absolute best make Liberty a very special place."
"I have been blessed to have coached and worked with some extraordinary players and people in my time at South Dakota State. Now, I am equally blessed to have the opportunity to pour into the women soccer players at Liberty and help train Champions for Christ," continued Wedemeyer. "The spirit in the athletics department is incredible and I want thank Ian McCaw and Erin Hagen for this wonderful opportunity."
In addition to four postseason championships, Wedemeyer guided South Dakota State to Summit League regular season titles in 2008, 2009 and 2011. Additionally, his squad captured a United Soccer Conference championship in 2006 prior to South Dakota State joining the Summit League in 2007.
Wedemeyer helped start the South Dakota State program in 2000 and guided the program through its transition to Division I in 2004. He has been honored for his coaching success, earning Summit League Coach of the Year honors in 2013 and 2014.
Additionally, he was named North Central Conference Coach of the Year in 2001 and South Dakota Sportswriters Women's College Coach of the Year in 2008.
Wedemeyer has coached three Summit League Offensive Players of the Year and two Defensive Players of the Year. He also helped develop the skills of the 2012 Summit League Freshman of the Year.
Under his tutelage, 61 of Wedemeyer's players have earned all-conference honors, including 27 first-team selections, 18 second-team honorees and 16 newcomers/freshman team members.
Wedemeyer's teams have also had success in the classroom with his squads receiving the NSCAA Team Academic Award nine times (2006-07, 2009-14, 2016). Two of his former players have earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, while 10 players have earned CoSIDA All-District accolades.
In addition to his 17 years of service at South Dakota State, Wedemeyer has worked with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) as a national staff coach, conducting coaching certification and running clinics over the past 20 years.
Wedemeyer, a native of Roanoke, Va., began his collegiate playing career at Virginia Tech where he was voted the Hokies top defensive player in 1991 and 1992. He finished out his career at Old Dominion where he served as a team captain and was a 1994 CoSIDA Academic All-America second-team honoree.
Wedemeyer is married to his wife, Tabitha. They have four children in Brooks, Isabella, Caroline and Hunter.

Assistant Coach
Josh Rife

Liberty women's soccer hired Josh Rife as the assistant coach heading into the 2016 season.

Rife brings a wealth of professional coaching and playing experience to the Lady Flames' program. The Honolulu, Hawaii native most recently served as an assistant coach for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the United Soccer League (USL). In 2015, the Riverhounds closed out the year tied for second in the league with 53 goals. Rife was also the head coach for the organization's U-23 developmental squad.

Prior to his time with the Riverhounds, Rife was the head coach for the Rochester Lancers (2013-14) of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL), becoming the youngest head coach in league history. During his year-long stint, Rife handled the daily operations of the team and was in charge of overseeing the organization's camps and clinics.

In 2008, Rife was hired as an assistant men's soccer coach at NCAA Division II member Palm Beach Atlantic, where he coached under current Liberty men's soccer assistant coach Jose Gomez. In 2010, the pair helped guide the Sailfish to an NCCAA National Championship.

An accomplished soccer player on the professional indoor and outdoor circuit, Rife signed with the Philadelphia KiXX of the MISL on Nov. 4, 2005, and went on to be named to the 2006 All-MISL Rookie Team. On Oct. 19, 2006, the KiXX traded Rife to the Detroit Ignition of the Xtreme Soccer League (XSL). While with the Ignition, Rife was named the XSL Defensive Player of the Year. He led the XSL with 31 shot blocks as Detroit won the league championship.

After his time in the Motor City, Rife played professional indoor soccer with the Milwaukee Wave in the MISL. During the 2009-10 season, he was named second team All-MISL and MISL Defensive Player of Month in January and March. Rife led the MISL with 36 blocked shots and played all 20 games, scoring 11 goals and tallying 28 points.

Rife began his professional playing career in 2003 with the Charlotte Eagles of the USL Professional Division, where he also played alongside Gomez. Rife was instrumental in guiding the team to a USL2 Championship in 2005 and was voted USL2 Defender of the Year in 2006.

Following a 10-year run with the Eagles, Rife played 26 games with the USL's VSI Tampa Bay FC in 2013. After a year in which the team captain earned second team All-USL PRO honors, Rife retired from professional indoor and outdoor soccer.

Rife spent the first two years of his collegiate career at TCU (1998-99) before transferring to Indiana. Rife started 46 matches with the Hoosiers, becoming a two-time All-Big Ten Selection (2000-01) while earning first team NSCAA All-Region honors in 2001. Rife helped the team to two College Cups, a Big Ten Tournament championship in 2001 and the 2000 Big Ten regular-season championship.

Rife grew up in Denton, Texas, and attended Denton High School, where he was a four-year varsity starter. He played club soccer for the Texas Longhorns, a Dallas-based soccer club, from the age of nine until he was 18. At the age of 11, he toured Norway, Sweden and Denmark with a Venezuelan youth team and played in a series of tournaments where he garnered local and national attention.

Rife comes to Lynchburg with his wife, Christy, and two daughters, Maddison and Kilee. A former member of the Charlotte Lady Eagles and a 2008 UNCW Hall of Fame Inductee, Christy also served as an assistant at Gardner-Webb.

Assistant Coach
Kristin Eggert

Kristin Eggert joined the Liberty women's soccer program as the Lady Flames' goalkeeper coach in June 2015.
Eggert, who was selected to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's 30 under 30 program, brings a strong foundation of international and collegiate coaching experience to the program. Among her credentials, Eggert also holds a USSF B license and a NSCAA Premier Diploma.
In her first season working with the program's netminders, Eggert was instrumental in guiding decorated goalkeeper Holly Van Noord to 10 shutouts en route to Big South All-Conference second team and NSCAA All-Region third team honors. Van Noord's stellar play in the 2015 Big South Championship allowed Liberty to capture its record-tying fifth Big South Championship. Overall, the Lady Flames finished the year first in the conference in total saves (128) and second in shutouts (11) and goals-against average (0.93).
Eggert made her way to Liberty after serving as an assistant coach of the Haitian Women's National Team for the past three years. During her time with the program, Eggert was instrumental in helping guide the U-17 team to its first ever CONCACAF Championship point with a 1-1 draw versus tournament champion Mexico.
The following year, the national team participated in the Caribbean Cup, grabbing third place with a 4-1 record. The Haitian squad also went 2-0 in the Caribbean qualifiers, winning its respective group without allowing a single goal. Haiti finished the year with an international record of 6-5-1.
Along with her international coaching experience, Eggert was also an assistant women's soccer coach at Carthage during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. After a tough 2012 campaign, the Lady Reds turned things around in 2013, going 13-5-1 overall and 5-2 in conference play. Carthage reached the championship game of the CCIW tournament after advancing past No. 20 Illinois Wesleyan on penalty kicks in the semifinals.
Prior to her coaching stints, Eggert played professionally in Norway in 2010 and 2011. She competed on the 2010 Donn Toppfotball team in Norway's Toppserien (the highest level of women's soccer in Norway). The following year, Eggert joined Amazon Grimstad FK and helped the team achieve its best Toppserien finish in club history.
A native of Glen Ellyn, Ill., Eggert attended Wheaton College (Ill.). She was a goalkeeper for the Thunder's 2004-07 soccer teams and played on three NCAA Division III national-championship squads, including back-to-back titles in 2006 and 2007. She was twice named to the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship all-tournament team, and she also set a postseason record for not allowing a single goal in NCAA tournament play. Eggert graduated from Wheaton (Ill.) in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in biblical studies.