Kicker Transfers to West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – (April 15, 2009) – West Virginia University Football Coach Bill Stewart has announced Western Washington University kicker Josh Lider, a 6-2, 195, Sr., from Bellevue, Wash., is transferring to West Virginia for his final season since his program has dropped football.

"I am pleased that Josh has decided to transfer to West Virginia," Stewart said. "He is an honor student who has medical school in his sights. He is a class character and brings maturity to the position. He can kick PATs, field goals, kickoff and punt. I am excited about what he brings to the 2009 Mountaineer football team."

Lider was a second-team Great Northwest Athletic Conference selection and league all-academic honoree last season. He saw action in 11 games and scored 63 points, hitting 10-of-15 field goals and 33-of-37 extra points. He punted 39 times for 1,409 yards, an average of 36.1 yards per punt with a long of 51 yards and placed 10 inside the opponent's 20-yard line.

He was named the GNAC and Western Washington Special Teams Player of the Week after kicking three field goals, including the game winner with four seconds left against Dixie State.

Lider played in 10 games as a sophomore and was named an honorable-mention All-GNAC selection. He scored 38 points, making 11-of-12 PAT attempts and 9-of-14 field goal opportunities. He tied the school record for making eight-straight field goals was 4-of-4 against St. Cloud State, hitting the game winner with 21 second remaining. Lider also hit three field goals in the upset victory over UC Davis, a FCS opponent.

Lider was a two-year letterwinner at Sammamish High School, earning first team All-Kingco League honors as a senior. He averaged 44.0 yards punting with a long of 72 yards. He made 3-of-5 field goals, all over 40 yards and 11-of-12 PATs. He also was a four-year letterwinner on the soccer team was a two-time all-league goalkeeper.

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