United States Sports Academy student BreLynn Nasypany is finishing up her master’s degree in Sports Studies at the Academy and recently received some more good news.
Nasypany was named the new head women’s soccer coach at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY. The Knights are a NCAA Division III program and compete out of the Skyline and the Eastern College Athletic Conferences. The squad finished last season with an 8-0 mark in conference and a 16-6 mark overall.
“I am very honored and excited to have the opportunity to lead the women’s soccer program at Mount Saint Mary College,” said Nasypany. “The athletic department’s commitment to developing strong leaders as well as scholars through sport is something that I value as a former Division III athlete and coach.”
In 2013, Nasypany served as an assistant coach for William Smith College and helped the Heron’s capture the NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer National Championship. She served in the assistant coach role through the Sports Academy’s mentorship program.
“The mentorship program was extremely rewarding,” said Nasypany. “It was an eye-opening experience, being able to see the sheer amount of work that goes into coaching. It provided me a better understanding and appreciation for the coaching profession.”
Dr. Stephen Butler, Dean of the Academic Affairs at the Sports Academy added, “BreLynn is the perfect example of what the Academy’s mentorship program is all about. She was an excellent student and found a mentor that could bring what she learned in our classes to life. As her mentorship advisor, I am extremely proud of BreLynn and very confident that she will be a successful head coach.”
In reflecting on her Sports Studies program at the Academy, Nasypany credits the structure and flexibility of the academic program in helping her become prepared for her coaching opportunity.
“I loved the fact that I was able to tailor my education track to fit my career interests and goals,” said Nasypany. “An example of how useful the program is that just the other day, I pulled out my text book for reference in setting up a summer conditioning program.”
Another benefit of the mentorship course, according to Nayspany, is how the program allowed her the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in working with the support staff of an athletic department, working with colleagues such as athletic training staff, weight and conditioning staff and compliance personnel.
“As a player, you do what the coaches and support staff of a department tell you to do,” said Nayspany. “The mentorship program allowed me the opportunity to understand the reasons why.”
In addition to serving as an assistant on last year’s staff that earned NCAA Division III Coaching Staff of the Year and Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year honors, she also served as the junior varsity head coach at William Smith from 2011-13. The team earned an 11-0 record in the 2013 season and only allowed one goal.
Nasypany hopes that she can translate her national championship experiences into the Mount Saint Mary program stating, “From game preparation and recovery to team building and chemistry, I have knowledge about the little things that it takes to reach that level and will look forward to implementing those at the Mount.”
Prior to coaching, Nasypany was a four-year letterwinner at William Smith. In 2008 and 2010, she was selected to the NSCAA All-American First Team and earned ECAC Player of the Year honors. She was named NSCAA All-Region from 2008-2010 and to ECAC Upstate All-Star First Team.
In 2008, Nasypany earned the Stephanie Christie Award and was selected Liberty League Player of the Year. She was selected All-Liberty League First Team four times. In 2007, she was selected Liberty League Rookie of the Year, NYSWCAA All-State and to NSCAA All-Region Second Team.
A native of Herkimer, N.Y., Nasypany graduated from William Smith in 2011 with a bachelor of arts in psychology with a minor in child advocacy. She is scheduled to graduate later this month with her master’s degree from United States Sports Academy in sports studies.