LIBERTY MAGNET ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT
Athletics Department Mission
The mission of the Liberty Magnet High School athletic department is to promote character, discipline, and teamwork by teaching student-athletes life lessons while excelling academically, athletically, and professionally.
New Athlete Information
If you are an incoming student to Liberty and you wish to inquire about athletics at Liberty, please contact the coach for the sport you are interested in playing. Coach's emails are listed below.
Returning Athlete Information
If you are a returning athlete to Liberty you will need to fill out the packet located HERE.
Dr. Brandon White
Dr. White is entering his 6th year as Liberty Magnet Athletic Director and Men's Basketball Coach. Under his leadership, Liberty has expanded athletics to include varsity competition in baseball, cheer & dance, football, powerlifting, and softball.
Our athletic department at Liberty Magnet is guided by our school five core values - Equity, Community, Opportunity, Service, and Integrity. We take great pride in our student-athletes playing fair, mentoring younger student-athletes, being thankful to showcase our athletic abilities, partnering with local entities for varies service initiatives, and modeling and setting standards.
The Liberty Magnet High School Athletic Training program provides prevention, recognition, care, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries for all student-athletes on campus. Providing the highest level of care possible, we keep student-athletes health and safety at the forefront while allowing them to continue participating in their sport safely.
Jana Alfred joined Liberty Magnet High School as an Outreach Athletic Trainer from the Ochsner Sports Medicine Institute in October of 2021. Jana completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Lincoln University of Missouri and h Masters of Athletic Training degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Jana hopes to build a successful Sports Medicine team here at Liberty to help students who are interested to get a better understanding of what it takes to be an Athletic Trainer.
Head Coach: Don Barrow
Assistant Coaches: Noah Rosol, Sam Adams
Coach Barrow graduated from Belaire HS in 1998 where he was named to 1st Team All District and lettered all four years as a varsity player. He went on to play at Delgado CC as an outfielder and then played and coached in the Sugar Cane League for 7 years with the Baton Rouge Twins and New Roads Tigers. His High School coaching career started at Denham Springs HS in 2017 where he was the Freshman Head Coach as well as an assistant for the Yellow Jackets Varsity where he coached the hitters and outfielders. In 2020 he was named McKinley High School Head Baseball Coach and led them to a 10-win season and an appearance in the 5A select playoffs. Coach Barrow has spent his summers coaching on the select baseball circuit and is currently a Head Coach in the Baton Rouge Patriots organization. Coach Barrow is entering his 2nd year as Head Coach here at Liberty where he continues to instill a culture of discipline and competitiveness in the program.
Coaching Barrow's Philosophy:
My philosophy for coaching baseball is to use the game to build young men on and off the field by providing direction, being positive and execution the task at hand daily.
Liberty Magnet Record under Coach Barrow (2021- Present)
Year 1 (2021-2022) Regional Playoff Appearance Overall Record: 18-12
Liberty Magnet Collegiate Baseball Players:
Cobe Beamon (2022)- Dillard University
Kaleb Gibson (2022)- Dillard University
Sylvester Williams Jr. (2022) -Voorhees University
Post Season Accolades:
Kaleb Gibson 74A-1st Team All District Pitcher (2022)
Cobe Beamon 74A-1st Team All District Infielder (2022)
Brandon Hansberry 74A-1st Team All District DH (2022)
Sylvester Williams Jr. 74A-1st Team All District Utility (2022)
Braylon Geurin 74A-1st Team All District Outfielder (2022)
Yancey Steady 74A- 2nd Team All District Utility (2022)
Titus Guerin 74A-2nd Team All District Pitcher (2022)
Head Coach: Brandon White
At Liberty Magnet our mens’ basketball program believes in providing our student athletes with the technical, tactical, physical, and mental training to reach their highest possible potential. We are committed to helping each player achieve a high level of performance. We believe in teaching young men to be responsible, disciplined, learn from mistakes, and handle themselves in a positive manner. Most of all NEVER surrender or quit on yourself.
Dr. White is entering his 7th year at Liberty Magnet High School as the Athletic Director and Head Boys Basketball Coach. Under the direction of Dr. White Liberty boys’ basketball has shown year to year improvement over the last six seasons. Winning three consecutive 7-4A district championships (2022, 2021, and 2020) while earning two LHSAA Division II State Tournament Appearances State Runner-up (2022) and State Semi-Finalists (2021).
Charles Carter – Head JV Coach
Travis Franklin – Assistant Coach (Colorado State, Professional Athlete (2011 – 2021)
Chris Gatlin – Player Development Coach (LSU-Shreveport All American, Professional Athlete 2009 – 2016)
Toon Iyasere – Head Freshmen Coach/Player Development Coach
Tyrus Thomas – Assistant Coach (LSU, Professional Athlete 2006 – 2016)
Brian Williams – Statistician
Mecca High Performance – Strength & Conditioning
Liberty Magnet Record under Dr. White (2016 – Present)
Year 6 (2021 – 2022) 4-A Division II State Runner-up; 7-4A District Champs Overall Record: 29 - 7
Year 5 (2020 – 2021) 4-A Division II Semi-Finalist; 7-4A District Champs Overall Record: 20 – 7
Year 4 (2019 – 2020) 4-A Division II Quarterfinalist; 7-4A District Champs Overall Record: 20 – 10
Year 3 (2018 – 2019) 4-A Division II Quarterfinalist Overall Record: 20 – 11
Year 2 (2017 – 2018) Bi-District Playoff Appearance Overall Record: 6 – 22
Year 1 (2016 – 2017) Bi-District Playoff Appearance Overall Record: 9 – 24
Liberty Magnet Collegiate Basketball Players (2016 – Present)
1. Quentin Henry (2022) – Alcorn State University
2. Montreal Myles (2022) – Hesston College
3. Cameron Newman (2022) – Baton Rouge Community College
4. Ja’Quin Taylor (2022) – William Penn University
5. Jacob Wilson (2022) – Wichita State University
6. Joe Ayo (2021) – Louisiana State University Alexandria
7. Zavier Sims (2021) – Lewis & Clark College
8. Jeremiah Willis (2019) – Baton Rouge Community College
9. Kevin Shen (2018) – Rhodes College
Post Season Accolades (2016 – Present)
District Coach of the Year - 3 Brandon White (2022, 2021, 2020)
LHSCA 1st Team All-State - 1 Jacob Wilson (2022)
LHSCA East/West All-Star – 1 Jacob Wilson (2022)
LHSCA All-State – 1 Jacob Wilson (2022)
LHSCAA All-State Honorable Mention - 3 Cameron Newman (2022) Jacob Wilson (2021, 2020)
Baton Rouge All-Metro - 3 Jacob Wilson (2022, 2021, 2020)
District MVP - 3 Jacob Wilson (2022, 2021, 2020)
All-District Members - 12 Howard Gaskins (2022) Quentin Henry (2022, 2021)
Cameron Newman (2022)
Jacob Wilson (2022, 2021, 2020)
Zavier Sims (2021, 2019)
David Weber (2021, 2020) Kevin Shen (2018)
Head Coach: Valencia Wilson
Assistant Coaches: Nikki Young & Charlie Roggerson
The purpose of Liberty Magnet High School Girls’ Basketball program is to provide opportunities not found in the curriculum that will contribute to the student's physical, emotional, psychological, and sociological development.
Coach Valencia Wilson believes in developing leaders and promoting discipline on and off the court. She is committed to building a championship team that gives total effort while exhibiting character and class. Her philosophy is “hard-work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” Coach Wilson earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from University of Louisiana Monroe and a Master of Science in Sports Management from Northcentral University.
Coach Wilson joined the Liberty Magnet High (then Lee Magnet High) family August of 2016. This school year marks her 11th -year coaching at the high school level. Coach Wilson’s overall record is 261-85. Coach Wilson has been named Coach of the Year six times. In 2019, the Lady Patriots earned their first state championship. The Lady Patriots claimed another state championship in 2020. In year 2021 The Lady Patriots were the Division II State Runner-ups.
Liberty Magnet Women’s Collegiate Basketball Players:
Haley Franklin Ottawa University
Tamara Christmas Lincoln Trail College
Aniya Lagarde Rhodes College
Diamond Hunter Southern University
Malaya Spears BRCC
Raegan Williams LSUE
CEARA MYERS CO-LIN COLLEGE
Post Season Accolades (2016 – Present)
District Coach of the Year - 7 Valencia Wilson (2022 -2016)
LHSCA 1st Team All-State -1 Ceara Myers ( 2022)
LHSCA 1ST Team All State -1 Haley Franklin (2021)
LHSCA 1st Team All-State - 1 Diamond Hunter (2020)
LHSCA East/West All-Star – 1 Diamond Hunter (2020) Haley Franklin (2021) Ceara Myers (2021)
LHSCA All-State – 1 Diamond Hunter (2020)
LHSCAA All-State Honorable Mention - 2 Aniya Lagarde (2020) Ivionia Hatch ( 2020)
Baton Rouge All-Metro - 3 Diamond Hunter (2018,2019, 2020)
District MVP - 3 Ceara Myers ( 2020) Haley Franklin (2021) Diamond Hunter (2020-2019)
Liberty Magnet Record under Coach Wilson (2016 – Present)
Year 6 (2021 – 2022) 4-A Bi- District Playoff Appearance; 7-4A District Champs
Overall Record: 19-13
Year 5 (2020 – 2021) 4-A Division II State-Runner-Up; 7-4A District Champs
Overall Record: 29-4
Year 4 (2019 – 2020) 4-A Division II STATE CHAMPS; 7-4A District Champs
Overall Record: 29-4
Year 3 (2018 – 2019) 4-A Division II STATE CHAMPS 7-4A District Champs
Overall Record: 34-2
Year 2 (2017 – 2018) 4-A Division II State-Runner-Up; 7-4A District Champs
Overall Record: 27-9
Year 1 (2016 – 2017) 4-A Division II Quarterfinalists; 7-4A District Champs
Overall Record: 23-12
Head Coach: Sonja Franklin
I have been in education for 22 years and I’ve taught math and science for the past 10 years at the elementary level.
I began league bowling fresh out of college in 1991. I have bowled competitively in TNBA, USBC and WIBC. My goal on each league night, TNBA tournament, and WIBC tournaments is to WIN and have fun in the process.
The program is committed to developing the technical, tactical, and athletic abilities of the team. Winning is very important to the team or program but sportsmanlike play is equally important. While I take competitive bowling very seriously, I also think it should be fun. I will strive to create an environment where the team and individuals have a chance to flourish.
Coach: Elicia Brown
The Liberty Magnet High Dance Program looks forward to working with talented and positive students who wish to work as a team to represent our school. As ambassadors of our school, dancers are expected to follow all school rules and behave appropriately, maturely and responsibly. As a leader among their peers, they are held to a higher standard of representing the school with a spirit of excellence.
The decision to become a scholar athlete is one that truly maximizes an individual’s high school experience. There are many responsibilities and obligations that must be met as a member of the Spirit Program. Academics will be each participant’s first priority. LMHS dancers should be able to balance schoolwork, a busy dance schedule, as well as personal responsibilities. They must maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher.
Additionally, leadership abilities and a positive character are important qualities that each member must possess. The administration and faculty expect dancers to set a positive example for behavior and character, not only in school but also in the community. Whether in uniform or not, a LMHS dancer must exhibit the program’s six (6) pillars of character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, & Citizenship.
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Head Coach: Korey Lindsey
Korey Lindsey is entering his first year as the head football coach at Liberty Magnet. Prior to joining the staff at Liberty, Lindsey spent four years coaching collegiately.
Coach Lindsey Coaching Philosophy: Use your passion to Teach, Motivate, and Inspire each student-athlete to become the best version of themselves. I demand a high standard of pursuing daily excellence within our program to ensure growth and development, while encouraging a positive atmosphere that generates confidence and a hard-working mentality.
(2022 - Present) Liberty Magnet - Head Football Coach
(2021 - 2022) Liberty Magnet - Head Track/Asst. Football Coach
(2019 - 2020) Wayne State University - DB Coach
(2018 - 2019) Pittsburg State University - DB Coach
(2017 - 2018) Southwest Minnesota State University - DB Coach
(2016 - 2017) Southern Illinois University - DB Grad Asst. Coach
(2011 - 2015) Professional NFL Player
(2007 - 2011) 3x All American - Southern Illinois University
(2003 - 2007) 2x LSWA Football All-State - Scotlandville Magnet HS.
The golf program is centered around improving at golf and also improving at life. We do not just want to teach the kids how to become better golfers, we teach them how to overcome life challenges, reach their goals, and persevere. This year our goal is to assist athletes in developing a better golf game and developing a better understanding of how and when to use each shot. The skills of deciding what type of shot to use around the greens, out of the rough/sand, and how-to better-read greens are foundational skills that will be our focus. Golf is related to life and how we can use some athletic mindsets in our normal lives. We also train these athletes to be tough mentally as they persevere through their golf game and life. Most importantly, we make sure that we have fun and bring energy when we compete
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Head Coach: David Woods
Coach David Woods started his career teaching high school math in 2005 and joined the Liberty Magnet High (then Lee Magnet High) faculty in August 2015. Returning to coaching this year marks Coach Woods' 14th year of coaching soccer and his 4th year of coaching soccer at Liberty Magnet High School. Coach Woods coached the Liberty Patriots to their first state playoff appearance since the school re-opened in 2012.
My coaching philosophy is best summed up by a quote by Robert Kanaby, Former Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations. “Winning at the professional level is required. Winning at the collegiate level has become expected. Winning at the high school level should be a pleasant byproduct to what you're really supposed to be doing, which is developing young people into productive citizens.” I believe that this can be accomplished through 1) Maintaining high standards of sportsmanship on and off the field, 2) Building belief in the ability of yourself and your teammates, 3) Promoting holistic development through soccer and 4) Embracing an enthusiasm for this experience.
(2022 - Present) Liberty Magnet High School - Head Women's Soccer Coach
(2016 - 2019) Lee Magnet High School - Head Women's Soccer Coach
(2013 - 2015) Tara High School - Head Men's Soccer Coach
(2008 - 2013) Tara High School - Head Women's Soccer Coach
(2205 - 2008) Tara High School - Asst. Men's Soccer Coach
Head Coach: Brandon Williams
The vision of the Liberty Magnet Powerlifting Program is to become one the best high school teams in Louisiana. Every athlete in our program will be treated with respect and dignity as we strive to reach our potential as a team and as individuals. We will always compete with class, within the rules, and with great intensity. The health and safety of every lifter is our number one priority. Our program teaches young athletes how to gain strength and push themselves mentally while protecting themselves each step of the way. The program is truly open to students of all shapes, sizes, and experience levels.
Head Coach: Demetrious Howard
Last year we had swimmers compete at the state tournament and were very successful. We even had a swimmer win the state tournament in multiple events.
It is our goal to provide a safe and healthy activity for students that allows them to enhance their educational experience. Our sport is a great activity to increase physical health, as well as make friends and develop a team atmosphere.
Our competitions start in September, so students need to sign up as soon as possible.
Head Coach: Michelle Haynes (2013 – present)
I believe no job is more challenging and rewarding than that of an educator and coach. Success is staying focus and on track. No one needs permission to be successful but self reflection is key. "I push my student-athletes to believe in themselves, develop a love for the sport, strive to make others better by setting a positive example and to ALWAYS remain HUMBLE / INTENTIONAL / GROWTH MINDSET / FORTITUDE."
Liberty Volleyball Team Accomplishment:
2021 Regional Playoff (DII) Overall 17-9 Dist. 3-5
2020 District Champions / Regional Playoff (DII) Overall 14-4 Dist. 8-0
2019 District Champions / State Quarter-Finals (DII) Overall 34-4 Dist. 8-0
2018 District Champions / State Quarter-Finals (DII) Overall 33-4 Dist. 14-0
2017 District Runner-ups / Regional Playoff (DII) Overall 36-8 Dist. 12-2
2016 Bi-District Playoff (Div. IV) Overall 15-15 Dist. 4-8
2015 1st Year Varsity (Div. IV) Overall 6-20 Dist. 2-10
Liberty Volleyball Alumni Collegiate Athletes:
Graduation Year Name Team(s) or University
2021 Trinity Bell Midway University, KY
2021 Jordan Coates Columbia College, SC
2021 Diamond Holliday Jackson State University
2021 Trenity Lundy Southern University-BR
2021 Alacyia Smith Kentucky State, KY
2020 Johnice Hubbard Jarvis Christian College, TX
2020 Chassidy Robertson Jarvis Christian College, TX
Liberty Volleyball Tryout Dates:
May 8-13, 2023 Time: TBA
(Please visit athletic website for paperwork. Must have physical to tryout)