A familiar face is returning to roam the sidelines of the Vines Center as Director of Athletics Jeff Barber announced today the hiring of Ritchie McKay as Liberty's head men's basketball coach.

After spending the last six seasons working under Tony Bennett as associate head coach at Virginia, McKay returns to Liberty Mountain where he served as head coach during the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons.

McKay was welcomed back to Liberty today during an afternoon press conference held in the Club Pavilion of the Williams Stadium Tower.

During his time in Charlottesville, McKay helped the Cavaliers post a 136-64 record, including back-to-back 30-win seasons in 2013-14 and 2014-15.

Prior to his days in Charlottesville, McKay served two seasons as Liberty's men's basketball coach, posting a 39-28 overall record and a 19-13 mark in Big South play. He was named the seventh head coach in program history on March 26, 2007.

McKay has compiled a 204-186 career coaching record in 13 seasons as a head coach. Prior to his first stint as head coach at Liberty, McKay served as head coach at Portland State (1996-98), Colorado State (1998-00), Oregon State (2000-02) and New Mexico (2002-07).