Brie Brenner will be in her sixth season as Head Coach of the Defiance College Volleyball program this fall. Brenner took over as the head volleyball coach at Defiance on January 17, 2012, bringing strong local ties and a rich volleyball pedigree with her to DC.
In her first season at the helm of the Purple and Gold volleyball program, Coach Brenner put together a fantastic campaign with the Yellow Jackets. The team compiled an overall record of 18-13, which was the best since 2009, and also earned a 6-3 mark in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action that was tops since 2008. The squads play ranked it fourth in the conference standings and earned it a birth to the HCAC Tournament, where it advanced to the second round before falling to MSJ.
Brenner’s efforts on the season netted her HCAC Coach of the Year honors. With the award, Brenner became the 15th coach in DC history to have been honored as the HCAC Coach of the Year and the first since the 2007-08 athletic year. The award marked the third time a DC volleyball coach has received the honor.
Since the 2012 season, Brenner has led her teams to a 52-37 record, including a 23-6 mark in her second year at the helm that also saw DC post a perfect 9-0 regular-season mark in conference play and the first HCAC regular-season title for the program. Brenner also garnered HCAC Coach-of-the-Year accolades for the second straight year. The Jackets went on to repeat as conference regular-season champions in 2014 and make another appearance in the HCAC postseason. DC advanced to the championship match for the fourth time since the conference tournament’s inception, but fell short finishing as runners-up.
To date, Brenner has led the Jackets to a spot in the HCAC Tournament every season in addition to two HCAC regular-season titles, coached 12 All-HCAC players, including eight first-team honorees, three All-Freshman players and one HCAC Player of the Year. Brenner’s teams have also carried its success to the classroom with 15 Academic All-HCAC awards and one national academic award winner.
A Defiance, Ohio native, Brenner was a two-time Western Buckeye League Player of the Year, while also earning first-team All-Ohio honors in 2001 for Defiance High School. After concluding a standout prep career, Brenner began a collegiate career at Ohio State University and then transferred to the University of Washington for her final three seasons.
During her time with the Huskies, Brenner became a two-time All-PAC-10 performer and led Washington to a pair of PAC-10 Championships. The success continued on the national stage, where Brenner and UW advanced to the NCAA Division I Final Four in 2004 and 2005 and claimed the NCAA Division I National Championship in 2005.
Brenner went on to play two years of professional volleyball in Puerto Rico and was voted into the athletic Hall of Fame at the University of Washington, as well as Defiance High School in 2010.
Along with her extensive success on the volleyball court at the collegiate and professional ranks, Brenner also boasts eight years of coaching experience at various club and prep levels, which includes stints on staff with Defiance High and multiple club programs.
Brenner began her coaching career as an assistant for the Cascade Volleyball Club in 2004 and also worked the UW summer volleyball camps from 2004 through 2006, before returning to northwest Ohio.
Since that time, Brenner spent six years as the director of the Hagerty Volleyball Camp that hosted summer camps at several local high schools, including Defiance, Ayersville and Hicksville. She also recently started up the Defiance Volleyball Club that ranges from 10U to 18U competition.
Brenner also served as the head coach of the Toledo Volleyball Club from 2008 through 2011, leading the team to three-straight appearances at the United States of America Volleyball Nationals and working as the club’s performance trainer during each of those final three campaigns.
Brenner is married to her husband, Brian, and the couple has a son named Brayden.