Liberty student-athletes began returning to campus for voluntary athletic activities on June 1, athletic director Ian McCaw said on the most recent episode of Wednesday with the Flames.

“We actually have our student-athletes, a number of them, back on campus right now beginning voluntary workouts June 1st which was permitted by the NCAA,” McCaw stated. “We’re expecting another fairly large group coming in around June 14th for summer school, and then we will continue to have student-athletes come in waves throughout the rest of the summer.”

The Commonwealth of Virginia recently entered Phase 1 of reopening the state, which allows gatherings up to 10 people. On Friday, Virginia will begin moving into Phase 2 which will allow gatherings of up to 50 people.

“There are a lot of layers to this because we need to follow NCAA guidance, conference guidance, Commonwealth of Virginia, so there’s a lot of layers,” McCaw said. “Everyone has been working very well together. Chris Casola on our staff has just done a tremendous job working particularly with the sports medicine staff.”

McCaw explained several protocols currently in place for the safe return to campus of the student-athletes including quarantines and daily check-ins with sports medicine staff.

Liberty joins a number of other FBS programs that have started or are in the process of starting summer workouts, including Liberty football’s season opening opponent Virginia Tech.

“I think we are on a really good pathway right now,” said McCaw. “I’m real excited about seeing our student-athletes back on campus where they belong.”