State Native Joins Women's Staff

West Virginia University women's basketball coach Mike Carey today announced the hiring of Charleston, W.Va., native Lynn Bria to join the Mountaineer staff effective Tuesday, May 16. She will serve as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.

Bria comes to WVU with 14 years coaching experience, most recently serving as head women's basketball coach at Ohio University the past seven seasons. She guided the Bobcats to a 77-123 record during her tenure, including a 43-69 mark in MAC play. Her 77 victories are the second-most in Bobcats history.

Prior to coaching at Ohio, Bria served as head coach at Central Florida (UCF) from 1996-99 guiding the Golden Knights to a 50-36 overall record including a 33-15 mark in Atlantic Sun play. She guided UCF to the NCAA tournament in 1999 after winning the Atlantic Sun regular season and tournament titles. That year, UCF compiled a 20-10 record.

Bria also served as head coach at Texas Woman's University from 1993-96 prior to her arrival at UCF. She was also an assistant coach at Radford in 1993 and served two years as an assistant at Marshall from 1990-92.

Bria earned her bachelor's degree in health and physical education from the University of Charleston in 1990. She earned her master's degree in physical education from Marshall in 1992 and has completed 13 hours on doctorate course work at Ohio.

Bria was a two-sport star at Charleston, earning first-team all-WVIAC honors as a senior. She helped the Golden Eagles to the NAIA national tournament twice and was named to the all-conference tournament team as a junior. She was also a standout on the tennis court, earning all-conference recognition as a senior and leading the squad to the NAIA National tournament.

As a result of her college accolades, Bria was inducted into the Charleston Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003.

"I'm very thankful and grateful to Coach Carey for the opportunity to work at West Virginia University," Bria said. "I have a lot of respect for the job he has done at WVU. Being a proud West Virginian, this is a dream come true. No matter where I've been, I've always kept up with WVU. I'm really excited about the upcoming challenges and recruiting for West Virginia. We have a great staff and we're going to continue to bring in top talent."

"I'm very excited to have someone with Lynn's experience join our staff," Carey said. "She has been a Division I coach for 14 years and the experience she has is invaluable. I'm happy to have another West Virginia native on staff who can sell the great things that West Virginia University and the state offer."

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