About the Coaches
Andrew Messa is entering his tenth season at Liberty and third season as co-Head Coach. In his time as assistant coach, Messa had athletes compete at states in each season including four state medal winners. In his time with the team Liberty boys have won the 2018 regular season championship, helping Messa earn the Morning Call Coach of the Year in 2018.
During his time at Liberty, his jumpers and distance athletes have attained three school records. Prior to joining the Liberty staff, Messa coached at Easton High School for three years where his girls team won both the indoor and outdoor state championships and he was named the PTFCA Coach of the Year. Messa, who was named Express-Times Track & Field Coach of the Year in 2008, has coached multiple league and district champions in addition to multiple state medalists during his time at Easton.
Messa is also a teacher in the Easton Area School District and enjoys time with his wife and two children.
Chris D'Emilio is entering his twelfth year at the throws coach at Liberty and third year as co-Head Coach. In 2018 D'Emilio helped coach the boys team to a conference championship and was named as Morning Call Track Coach of the Year.
D'Emilio also teaches math at Liberty has successfully qualified at least one thrower to the PIAA Championships in each of his years as a coach including three school record holders.
As an athlete D'Emilio was a district runner-up in the discus, and was a four year varsity letter winner. In addition, D'Emilio is a former Assistant Boys Basketball Coach and played college hoops at Elizabethtown where the squad qualified for the NCAA 3A Tournament. In 2013, D'Emilio completed his USTFCCCA Technical Certification.
James Bell is entering his seventh season as sprinting and relays coach at Liberty.
Bell was a school record holder at Moravian College where he was a member of multiple championship teams. Prior to coming to Liberty, Bell was an assistant coach at Allentown Central Catholic and has also been a clinician for multiple clinics. In 2013, Bell completed his USTFCCCA Technical Certification.
Allison Tannous is re-joining the track staff making this her sixth year with the Hurricanes. Tannous is a distance coach who also has been an assistant Cross Country coach and has helped coach six district champions.
As an athlete at Moravian, Tannous was a member of eight conference championship teams and competed in distance events as well as the heptathlon.
Jesse Patterson is in his second year with the Hurricanes. He works with the hurdle events.
Sarah (Finn) Kalamar returns to Liberty after having previously coached during the 2013 season. She is a former state medalist in the pole vault.