The 2020 season will be the third season in the dugout as the Head Baseball Coach with the AMCATS for Dan Briand.
Coach Briand came to Anna Maria after serving as the top assistant coach at Fitchburg State University under 2016 MASCAC Coach of the Year Kevin Barnaby for the previous two seasons. While at Fitchburg State, Coach Briand helped lead the Falcons to back-to-back MASCAC Tournament appearances as the third seed. Before Fitchburg, Coach Briand spent 2 seasons as the top assistant at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I., under four-time CCC coach of the year Derek Carlson. While at Roger Williams University, Coach Briand was instrumental in all aspects of the Hawks program. In 2014 coach Briand helped guide the Hawks to their second highest win total in program history, as well as a trip to the ECAC New England Regional Finals. During the 2014 season, Coach Briand also coached the first two All-American’s in the RWU Baseball program history. During the 2015 season, Coach Briand helped guide the Hawks to the CCC Championship game and was named Interim Head Baseball Coach in August of 2015, serving in that role for the fall season.
Coach Briand attended Becker College in Worcester, Mass, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice in 2009. He played four years on the baseball team from 2005-2009. He was named team captain during his junior and senior seasons.
As a player he helped lead Becker to their first New England Collegiate Conference Championship in program history in 2009. He was selected to the All-NECC First Team and was also selected to the NECC All-Tournament Team for the 2009 season. During the 2009 season, he also received the Coaches’ Award for outstanding leadership and was a Conference Player of the Year nominee.
After his playing career, he joined the Becker College Baseball coaching staff for two seasons, serving as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. In his time, he helped Becker achieve the highest winning percentage in program history in 2011. Briand also recruited and coached the First Academic All-American in school history.
In addition, Coach Briand has been an assistant with the Northbridge American Legion Baseball team since 2006. He was promoted to assistant manager of the ball club in 2009 and last summer completed his 12th season with the program. In August of 2017 he was named Head Coach of Worcester’s Grafton Hill Legion Baseball Post 323. Coach Briand took over Grafton Hill who had not qualified for the playoffs in 2 years prior to his arrival. In year one he led them to a 17-7 record and the four seed in the Zone 4 Playoffs.
Coach Briand also served as the Head Coach of the GSBA Fall Showcase League-Worcester Area All-Stars in 2012 and 2013. During his time there he helped numerous high school athletes go on to play collegiate baseball.