Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Director of Athletics and United States Sports Academy Trustee Dr. Lee McElroy has announced the appointment of Academy alumna BreLynn Nasypany as head women’s soccer coach at RPI.
Nasypany comes to the Engineers from Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y., where she was the head soccer coach since 2014. RPI is in Troy, N.Y.
“I feel very fortunate and blessed to have been given the opportunity to lead the Rensselaer women’s soccer program heading into the 2016 season,” said Nasypany. “Rensselaer has a strong commitment to developing student-athletes and I am excited to be able to start my work with such exceptional people.”
A native of Herkimer, N.Y., Nasypany led the Knights to a 15-9-2 overall record last season, including a 9-1-0 mark in Skyline Conference, earning the league’s Coach of the Year. She led the team to the conference finals in 2014 and 2015, placing 23 student-athletes on the Academic Honor Roll.
Before taking the head job at Mount Saint Mary, Nasypany was an assistant coach at her alma mater, William Smith College in Geneva, N.Y., from 2011 to 2014, which included a NCAA National Championship in 2013. That year, the staff earned NCAA and Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year, posting a 23-1 overall record with a Liberty League Championship and six victories in the NCAA Tournament. She was also the junior varsity head coach at William Smith as well as an admissions information technology coordinator for the school.
Prior to becoming a coach, Nasypany was a four-year standout for the William Smith Herons where she scored 53 goals and added 32 assists for 138 points in 85 career games. She was selected All-Liberty League First Team all four years and was the conference’s Rookie of the Year in 2007. That season, she was also New York State Women’s Collegiate Athletic Association (NYSCAA) All-State and National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Region Second Team. In 2008, Nasypany earned the Stephanie Christie Award and was selected Liberty League Player of the Year.
In 2008 and 2010, she garnered NSCAA All-American First Team honors as well as Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Player of the Year. She was also a three-time NSCAA All-Region First Team and ECAC Upstate All-Star First Team selection. Nasypany graduated from William Smith in 2011 with a bachelor of arts in psychology. She earned her Master of Sports Science degree in sports studies from the United States Sports Academy in 2014.
“The experiences I had while studying at the United States Sports Academy have set me up to be a successful coach,” Nasypany said. “I am proud to say that I am an alumna of the Academy and very grateful for the education I received.
“The knowledge and experiences I had while at the Academy are continually put into practice and brought to life through my daily tasks and responsibilities in the athletic department.
“The faculty at the Academy were always responsive and had my best interest as a student in mind. I am very grateful for their dedication to students and for their passion for teaching. “While studying at the Academy I was working full-time, coaching a team, and completing a mentorship. The online approach allowed me to get a fantastic education without having to give up my job or coaching position. I was able to complete my courses at my own pace without the added stress of meeting deadlines.
“Through my Academy mentorship, I was able to actually get out in the field of coaching and work alongside of professionals with a vast amount of knowledge and experience, something that wouldn’t have been available to me without the mentorship program. I gained valuable work experience that has opened many doors for me professionally.
“If you know you want to enter the sports world as a profession like I did, it only makes sense to further your education at a sport specific institution. Every course I completed at the Academy directly relates to my career choice and I am able to put my education to practice every day as a coach.
“It’s safe to say that I would not be where I am today without the education I received from the Academy,” Nasypany added.
Based in Daphne, Ala., the United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call (251) 626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.