Coach Liebold Spends the Holidays in Portugal
December 25, 2012
Cheyney University Assistant Track and Field Coach Brianna Liebold, an accomplished athlete in her own right, is training and learning in Portugal over the holidays from one of the greats in the world of Track and Field, Coach Abreu Matos.
Cheyney University Assistant Track and Field Coach Brianna Liebold was given a chance of a lifetime this holiday season. Liebold, an accomplished athlete in her own right, is training in Portugal and learning from one of the greats in the world of Track and Field, Coach Abreu Matos.
Matos is responsible for the stellar performances of multiple World and European Champion Naide Gomes. Gomes also participated in three Olympics.
“Having the opportunity to watch and train with Coach Matos and Naide not only is going to help me as an athlete but also to help me as a coach. I am extremely excited to be able to share my experiences with my athletes so they can obtain the most information from me as they can and, hopefully, be an example to them,” commented Liebold. “If you aspire to be something, then make it happen and live it, do not continue to let it remain a dream.”
Liebold came to Cheyney University two years ago with an outstanding resume as a former student athlete at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. A Dean’s List honoree all four years at IUP, Liebold excelled in the classroom as well as in the triple and long jump pit. She holds the IUP indoor triple jump record as well as the PSAC record. She earned All-American Indoor status with a third and sixth place finish in the long jump in 2010 & 2011, as well as an Outdoor All-American with an eighth place finish in 2011. That same year, she was a three-time PSAC Champion in Outdoor long jump, triple jump and Indoor long jump.
Liebold already has her USATF Level 1 and USATF official certification. “This is tremendous, not only for Bri but for our program,” commented Head Coach James Williams. “The information she brings back from Portugal should help our student athletes get to the next level.”