SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Bryant University head softball coach Shayne Lotito is excited to welcome Briana Chiusano to the coaching staff for the upcoming 2017-18 season.
Chiusano joins the Bulldogs after an outstanding career as a student-athlete and a coach at Coastal Carolina University.
"I am extremely excited to have Briana aboard for our 17-18 season," Lotito said. "She had a great career during her four years at Coastal and we are looking forward to her bringing her knowledge, passion and leadership skills to our coaching staff. Specifically she will add a wealth of knowledge to our slappers, outfield and base runners as a whole, giving them the attention and coaching that could really help our players elevate their game."
A native of Mansfield, Mass., Chiusano played four years at Coastal Carolina before spending a year as a volunteer assistant coach with the Chanticleers. She was part of a staff that helped guide CCU to a 32-23 overall record and an 11-16 mark in its first year in the Sun Belt Conference in 2017. Chiusano was the first base coach, coached the outfielders, was responsible for the base running instruction and specialized in the instruction for left-handed slappers.
As a player, Chiusano helped the Chanticleers post a 148-83 record during her four years and will go down as one of the best to don the Teal and Bronze. She was a three-time first team All-Big South selection and an all-freshman selection during her rookie season. Chiusano hit over .400 twice during her career and stole 29+ bases in all four years at CCU.
She graduated as the all-time leader in runs scored (208) at Coastal Carolina and in the Big South Conference. Chiusano graduated with a .380 career average, 269 hits (6th in Big South history), a .465 OBP and 145 stolen bases (2nd in Big South history).
In addition, Chiusano also served as an assistant softball coach for the Carolina Teal. She was responsible for assisting in all aspects of the 16U travel ball program.
Chiusano graduated from Coastal Carolina in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in communication.