Megan Bryant
Megan Bryant

Position:
Head Coach

Experience:
Ninth Season

Alma Mater:
University of Bridgeport '81


09/16/2014

Stony Brook Athletics unveils the Seawolves Hitting Facility

New 5,000 square foot facility will serve the indoor practice needs of the baseball and softball teams.

Head coach Megan T. Bryant became Stony Brook's head softball coach in 2001 and has won 20 or more games every season since. Bryant is the winningest coach in Stony Brook softball history with 209 career victories.

In 2007, Coach Bryant led Stony Brook to its best overall record in the school's Division I history (28-20), while leading five Seawolves to the America East All-Conference team (Kelsi Fanelli, Marissa Fleury, Victoria Kavitsky, Sarah Hoffman and Ashley Westphal). Coach Bryant also won her 500th career game on March 10th against Idaho State.

In 2006, Bryant led the Seawolves to a 25-25 record, 10-10 in the conference and just missed qualifying for the America East Championship by a game. Bryant guided Suzanne Turek to the all-conference second team and Kelsi Fanelli to the all-rookie team.

In 2005, the Seawolves made it to the America East Championship, after an exciting run through the America East Tournament. The No. 4 Seawolves upset No. 3 Maine on a 13th inning walk-off home run before knocking off the No. 2 Boston University Terriers, rallying from four runs down in the bottom of the sixth, to advance to the finals against Albany.

In 2004, Bryant led the Seawolves to possibly their most successfull season in program history, setting school records with 30 wins and 13 America East wins, while finishing second in the league standings and posting 10 consecutive victories during the season. Stony Brook also earned the program's first win in the America East Tournament, as the No. 2 seeded Seawolves topped No. 3 seed Boston University 6-2.

Bryant guided Kristen Brust and Hayley Durham to first team All-Northeast Region accolades, marking the first time in school history SB has had two players named to the all-region first team, while Jane Stein joined Brust and Durham on the America East first team and Angela Andrews earned second team honors.

In 2003, Bryant and the Seawolves continued to set the standard for the Stony Brook softball program, equalling the then-program record for wins with 25 while qualifying for its first America East Tournament with a fourth-place finish in the league standings.

In addition, Bryant coached Stephanie DiBiase and Kristen Brust to first team all-conference and first and second team All-Northeast Region honors, respectively. Freshmen Angela Andrews and Hayley Durham were named to the America East All-Rookie team, while Marissa Servello and Stephanie McCarthy were named NFCA Scholar Athletes.

With an inexperienced squad that included seven newcomers, Bryant led the Seawolves to a 25-27 record and a 10-14 America East Conference mark in 2002, Stony Brook's first season as member. At the time, the 25 victories marked the most wins in a single season, eclipsing Bryant's own mark of 21 in 2001.

The 2002 Seawolves set a total of nine team records and 15 individual records, while posting the most wins in school history up to that point. In addition, both Kristen Brust and Stephanie DiBiase received All-America East first team honors as freshmen.

In her first season at the helm in 2001, Bryant recorded the most successful season by a Seawolves' first-year head coach despite inheriting a team that had won just four games the previous season. With essentially the same team and just three newcomers added to the roster, Bryant led Stony Brook to a 21-23 finish and the program's first-ever berth in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament, the first time the Seawolves had advanced to postseason play in 12 years. Bryant's achievements led to Stony Brook Coach of the Year honors. In addition, junior pitcher Stephanie Poetzsch was named Stony Brook Female Athlete of the Year.

Bryant served as the head coach at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, from 1988-99. Before Bryant's arrival, the Bulldogs had endured five straight losing seasons and three straight last-place finishes in the Missouri Valley Conference. After a 13-44 finish her first season, Bryant led Drake to a 33-24 record, 10-6 in the MVC, in 1990, which earned her MVC Coach of the Year accolades. In 1993, just four years after her arrival, Drake won both the MVC regular season and tournament titles while compiling a 35-16 record (13-3 MVC), the most wins in a season in school history. Bryant once again received MVC Coach of the Year honors. In 1994, Drake repeated as MVC Tournament champions and obtained a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs registered winning records six times and finished in the top four in the MVC five times in the last eight seasons Bryant was at the helm.

Prior to her stint at Stony Brook, Bryant spent one season as an assistant coach at St. John's University.

Bryant began her college coaching career at Stetson University in Deland, Fla., where she compiled a 63-30 record as head coach from 1985-87. Bryant inherited a program that had begun just the season before her arrival, and in only her first season she led Stetson to the New South Athletic Conference championship in 1986, receiving NSAC Coach of the Year honors. Stetson repeated as NSAC champions in 1987.

After Stetson, Bryant served as assistant coach at Furman University in Greenville, S.C., in 1988.

Bryant also spent four years as a physical education instructor and head coach at Lakeland High School in Shrub Oak, N.Y., from 1981-85.

In addition to her coaching expertise, Bryant has also served on two NCAA Certification Review Equity Subcommittees and as a member of the NCAA Division I Softball Midwest Region Committee from 1994-95.