Welcome to New Head Coach Deanna Briody
With experience as a student-athlete, coach, and mentor, new Women’s Volleyball Head Coach Deanna Briody brings a unique set of attributes to Community College of Beaver County’s athletics program.
“Deanna’s experience and success as a college student and a volleyball player really stood out during the coaching search for our new Head Women’s Volleyball coach. After speaking with her during the interview process, it was apparent that her knowledge of the game was unparalleled and would easily translate to teaching the game,” said John Ashaolu, Director of Athletics and Student Programs.
“I consider coaching volleyball an outstanding opportunity to reach young people with valuable lessons in discipline, togetherness, work ethic, and perseverance,” said Briody. “I love the instruction aspect of coaching. I have played with and against some great players and have learned valuable lessons to pass on as a coach.”
In her most recent coaching position, Briody served as the 13s Head Coach for Infinity Volleyball Club in Salem, OH. She also served as JV Volleyball Coach at Boardman High School in Ohio.
“Coaching is the most rewarding job I have had,” said Briody. “I have seen the spectacular impact a coach can have on a player as well as the impact players can have on a coach. To me, the relationship of coach to player has a unique power in a person’s life.”
Briody holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Geneva College, where she spent four years as a student-athlete. During her time at Geneva, Briody won Geneva College Athletic Program’s Rookie of the Year Award (2010-2011), the NCAA D3 PAC Female Scholar Athlete Award (2013-2014), and the NCAA D3 PAC Women’s Volleyball Player of the Year Award in 2011, the 2nd team All-County in 2012, and the 1st team All-County in 2013. Briody also served as a teaching assistant at Geneva and volunteered her time with the Tiger Pause Mentoring Program.
As a recent college player and graduate, Briody believes she will better relate to the players at CCBC.
“Being fresh out of college myself, I don’t have to work hard to see things from the players’ perspectives,” explained Briody. “I understand the intentionality and commitment that being a student-athlete requires. The union of scholarship and athletics was invaluable in my education, and I am eager to highlight and accentuate its value in future generations.”
Briody is joining a rather new athletics team with John Ashaolu, who was appointed the first Director of Athletics and Student Programs in December 2014; Patrick Phillips, who came aboard in March as Athletics Assistant; and Steve Brodzinski, who became head men’s basketball coach in February.
“Taking the position of head coach two weeks before the start of the season was difficult but John and Patrick have been very supportive in order to help our team have a successful year,” said Briody.
This year’s team is varied in experience, from players with no experience to those who played for four years in high school. Due to this, Briody is shaping her goals around the team as a whole.
“I want my players to gain confidence and know they can compete,” said Briody. “I want them to enjoy being part of a team as much as I did as a player. Being part of a team is priceless.”
Ashaolu is also confident in Deanna’s coaching skills and the success of the team.
“Deanna’s background as a volleyball player is very impressive and will help command respect from her players and on the recruiting trail. With Deanna’s leadership, CCBC’s women’s volleyball program will reach new heights in terms of athletic and academic success,” said Ashaolu.
The Lady Titans’ first home game will be held in CCBC’s Athletics and Events Center (Dome) on Wednesday, September 9 at 7:30 p.m. against Potomac State. All games are free to attend and open to the public.