DeLand, Fla. – This afternoon Stetson Athletics Director Jeff Altier announced that the Hatters have a new head women’s basketball coach. Lynn Bria has accepted the position and will begin her duties on May 19.
“We are very pleased to have added Lynn to our Staff”, said Altier. “After an extensive search with many quality candidates Lynn rose to the top. Her experience coaching in the ACC, Big East, and the Atlantic Sun speaks for itself. She is a perfect fit for Stetson.
Bria has over 18 years of women’s basketball coaching experience including 10 years as a Division I head coach. She comes to DeLand from Coral Gables where she was an assistant on the University of Miami staff last season. During the 2006-2007 season she was an assistant coach and the recruiting coordinator at West Virginia in Morgantown.
Bria was the head coach at Ohio University from 1999-2006, at the University of Central Florida from 1996-1999, and held the top spot at Texas Women’s University in Denton. She has also held assistant coaching positions at Radford University and Marshall University.
“I am really excited to be coaching at Stetson and to be back in the Central Florida area”, said Bria. “Stetson is a really good fit for me personally and professionally.”
Bria has family, including her parents that live just down the road in Port Orange.
“I want to be great for Stetson. Coach Romine did a wonderful job and was dedicated to the school for many years. It will be an honor and a privilege to be there”, she added.
Bria is a 1990 graduate of the University of Charleston in West Virginia where she earned a B.A. in Health and Physical Education. She earned a Masters of Arts in Physical Education from Marshall University in 1992.
Stetson’s Senior Women’s Administrator Jan Usher was a member of the search committee and is very happy with the selection of Bria.
“Out of a very strong group of candidates for the head women’s basketball position, we have chosen Lynn as our next head coach. She brings valuable experience and expertise we feel can help lead the Hatters to success. We are excited and optimistic about the future of women’s basketball at Stetson and look forward to working with her.”