COACHING STAFF

Megan T. Bryant
Head Coach

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 533 career victories at the helm of the Seawolves program. She has 877 total in 32 seasons of coaching.

In 2019, Bryant led the Seawolves back to the conference tournament, besting UMass Lowell, 2-1 before falling in the finals to UMBC. The softball program finished with a final record of 32-19, their best record since 2014. She also coached Melissa Rahrich to an incredible season both in the circle and in the batter box. Rahrich was named to the NFCA All-Region team and was a First Team All-Conference selection for the second year in a row. Bryant helped lead the Seawolves to a conference leading .291 batting average to go along with 50 home runs on the season. Stony Brook was also very successful in the circle, leading the America East with a 2.47 earned run average (ERA) and allowing only 74 walks in 339.2 innings pitched.

Bryant recorded her 500th career win with the Seawolves on May 9, 2018, guiding the program past UMBC, 5-1, in the America East Championships. She recorded her 800th career victory as a collegiate head coach on May 6, 2016 with an 8-0 win over in-state rival Albany, making her the 25th coach in NCAA Division-I history to surpass the 800-win plateau.

After her 18th season as head coach in 2018, Bryant has led the Seawolves’ softball program to a winning campaign in 10 of the last 12 years. Stony Brook went 25-22 (10-7 AE) in 2018, going 2-2 in conference postseason play. Under Bryant, four Seawolves earned America East All-Conference awards in 2018: Melissa Rahrich - America East Player of the Year/First Team, Irene Rivera - First Team, Nicole McCarvill - Second Team/All-Rookie, Katelyn Corr - All-Academic. Rahrich also became the 12th player in program history to earn an NFCA All-Region selection.

Under Bryant's leadership, the program has tallied a winning conference record in seven-straight seasons. Bryant has guided the Seawolves to a winning America East record in 14 of 18 years since joining the conference.

She 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 They also won the 2015 regular-season title under her leadership.

During her tenure, Bryant's players have received numerous national and conference accolades. She has coached 11 NFCA All-Region players (most recently Bria Green and Shayla Giosia in 2015), 35 different All-America East selections, 16 America East All-Rookie team players, three America East Pitcher of the Year recipients (Allison 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 11 players on the America East All-Academic team, including Cukrov in 2015.

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.

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.

 

Benet Higgs
Assistant Coach

Prior to joining the Stony Brook staff in August of 2017, Higgs spent four years as an assistant coach at Bradley University, where she served as the program's hitting coach.

Higgs helped to lead the Seawolves to a 32-19 record during the 2019 season, the programs best finish since 2014. She was also instrumental in helping Stony Brook lead the conference in both batting average (.291) and ERA (2.47). She was instrumental in helping two Seawolves set program single-season records, as Melissa Rahrich (60 RBI) and Katelyn Corr (57 runs scored) both set high marks for a single campaign.

After joining the Stony Brook staff prior to the 2018 campaign, Higgs helped lead the Seawolves to a 25-22 (10-7 AE) record in 2018, going 2-2 in conference postseason play. Four Seawolves earned America East All-Conference awards in 2018: Melissa Rahrich - America East Player of the Year/First Team, Irene Rivera - First Team, Nicole McCarvill - Second Team/All-Rookie, Katelyn Corr - All-Academic.

Higgs comes to Stony Brook with seven years of coaching experience at the Division I level. While at Bradley, she was responsible for daily instruction, long and short-term vision and implementation of the outfield, infield, team defense, base running, hitting, slapping and catching. Higgs also served as the program's recruiting coordinator.

Prior to joining the Bradley staff in August of 2013, she spent two years at Army. During that span, the Black Knights went 72-47 (.605), tallied back-to-back 35-win seasons and reached the NCAA Tournament during the 2013 season. In 2011, Higgs served as an assistant coach at South Dakota State. The Antioch, Calif. native graduated from Stephen F. Austin in 2009, then spent the 2010 season as a Student Assistant for the Ladyjacks.

As a student-athlete, Higgs earned honorable mention All-Southland Conference honors as a sophomore at Stephen F. Austin. She hit leadoff and played center field for the Ladyjacks, leading the squad in runs (27) and stolen bases (19). During her junior season, Higgs hit .317 to help lead the Ladyjacks to the first NCAA Tournament appearance in program history. She started in 155 games during her collegiate career.

Higgs earned bachelor's degrees in both business economics and operations management at Stephen F. Austin.

 

Candi Letts
Assistant Coach

The Stony Brook softball program and head coach Megan Bryant are excited to announce the addition of Candi Letts to the Seawolves coaching staff.

"We are excited to welcome Candi Letts to Stony Brook University and our Seawolves family," Bryant said. "Candi brings tremendous knowledge, experience and professionalism to our Softball program.  She will be a teacher, leader and mentor for our student-athletes. I believe she has a great deal to offer our team, our pitchers and our coaching staff.  We look forward to working together to achieve our goals and to bring out the best in our student-athletes on and off the field."

Letts joins the Seawolves staff with 22 years of coaching experience at the Division I level. She comes to Long Island after three years as the head coach at Idaho State. She also served terms at Colorado State, where she finished the 1997 season ranked ninth in the nation in the final NFCA Coaches poll, and Ole Miss, where she coached All-SEC and All-American talent.

As a player at Creighton, she led the Bluejays to three consecutive Women's College World Series trips from the pitching circle.

The former Western Athletic Coach of the Year and West Region Coach of the Year comes to aid a Seawolves pitching staff that finished inside the Top 50 nationally in strikeout-to-walk ratio (27th) and earned run average (41st).