Seawolves remain in first place at 11-2-1
Megan T. Bryant was named Stony Brook's head softball coach in 2001. A three-time America East Coach of the Year (2009, 2012 & 2014), Bryant is the winningest manager in program history with 402 victories with the Seawolves. Bryant has won 747 games overall in her 26-year coaching career and recently became the 35th coach in NCAA Division-I history to surpass the 700-win plateau.
Bryant made school history in 2008 when she led the Seawolves to their first-ever America East Championship and into the NCAA Tournament. In the opening round at the Tempe Regional, Stony Brook faced the eventual national champion, Arizona State, and gave the Sun Devils all they could handle in a 2-0 defeat.
Bryant again led the team to the NCAA Tournament in 2013 after an improbable run through the America East Tournament. The Seawolves lost their opening game of the competition, before winning four straight elimination games, including two against top-seed Albany to clinch the title. Stony Brook became just the second team in America East Tournament history to win the championship after losing its first game. After winning the title, Stony Brook was sent to the Columbia Regional where it faced No. 6 overall seed Missouri and Oregon State.
In 2009, Bryant coached the Seawolves to the school's first America East regular season title and a program-best 36 wins. For her efforts, Bryant was named the 2009 America East Coach of the Year. She has since gone on to receive the award in 2012 after another 36-win campaign, and in 2014 after guiding the Seawolves to 34 wins and a regular season crown.
During her tenure, Bryant's players have received numerous national and conference accolades. She has coached nine NFCA All-Region players (most recently Allison Cukrov in 2014), 24 different All-America East selections, 12 America East All-Rookie team players, three America East Pitcher of the Year recipients (Cukrov in 2012 & 2014) and three Stony Brook Female Athletes of the Year.
As successful as Bryant's teams have been on the diamond, they have enjoyed equal success in the classroom. Her teams traditionally have one of the highest GPA's among Stony Brook's female teams, and since 2007 have placed 10 players on the America East All-Academic team, including Cukrov in 2014.
Prior to Stony Brook, 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 (MVC). 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.
Bryant began her college coaching career at Stetson University in Deland, Fla., where she compiled a 63-40 record as head coach from 1985-87. Bryant inherited a program that had begun just the season before her arrival, and in her first season 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. Bryant has also served as an assistant coach at both Furman University in Greenville, S.C., in 1988 and at St. John's University.
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. Currently, Bryant represents the America East Conference in voting for the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top-25 poll.
Bryant graduated from the University of Bridgeport in 1981 with a bachelor's degree in physical education, K-12. She competed in both volleyball and softball at Bridgeport.