Gamecock assistant leaves after two years and a large impact
Photos from the Senior Day ceremony and the final game at the current setup of Beckham Field.
South Carolina Wins 9-1
Photos from the Gamecocks' 11-3 win over Providence in the Blue & Gold Feisberg Memorial at FIU
In Breneman's first season at South Carolina, the Gamecocks team's fielding percentage improved by 26 points. Breneman's group helped compile a SEC-best 26 double plays and post 464 assists, second most in the league. Three of her infielders ranked in the top 15 in assists in all games, with the trio in the top eight in assists in SEC games only.
Offensively, the Gamecocks improved in every statistical category, including raising the team batting average 51 points and the team slugging percentage by 94 points. The Gamecocks also stole 79 bases, tied for the second most in program history.
Breneman has put together an impressive resume in 16 years of coaching at the collegiate level. She spent six seasons at North Carolina as an assistant coach, helping that program to five 40+ win seasons and continue a run of eight-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. The Tar Heel defense led the Atlantic Coast Conference in fielding percentage in three of her last four years and finished in the top 25 in the nation every year since 2007. Offensively, UNC stood in the top 100 in the country in home runs per at bat in her final three seasons. She helped Danielle Spaulding become a three-time All-American, as the 2010 first-team honoree ranked among the nation's leaders in home runs in both 2009 and 2010. In total, Breneman had a hand in eight student-athletes earning 14 All-ACC certificates.
Prior to her run at Chapel Hill, Breneman tallied two head coaching stints over nine years. During her four-year run at Bucknell, the Bison made the Patriot League tournament for the first time since 2000 in her final year of 2004, and her peers selected her as the league's coach of the year that season. She moved to Lewisburg, Pa., from East Stroudsburg University after serving five years as the head coach of Warriors.
A four-year letter winner, Breneman played at Bloomsburg University under legendary head coach Jan Hutchinson. Starting at shortstop during her career, she earned All-America accolades as a senior while claiming first-team All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference honors three times. She still holds the Huskies' career record with 351 assists. Bloomsburg advanced into the NCAA Division II Championship all four years, finishing second in 1991 and third in both 1990 and 1992.
Breneman spent two years playing in the Women's Pro Softball League for the Georgia Pride after graduating from Bloomsburg University with her degree in adult health and cardiac rehabilitation.
Twice, Breneman has been inducted into a hall of fame: at her high school, Ephrata (Pa.), in 2001 and at Bloomsburg in 2006.
Breneman coordinates camps and clinics for the Gamecocks. An experienced speaker and clinician, she worked at the 2006 and 2007 NCAA YES Softball Clinics held in conjunction with the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.
Breneman's Employment Timeline
2011-2012 - Assistant coach, South Carolina
2004-2010 - Assistant coach, North Carolina
2000-2004 - Head coach, Bucknell
1995-2000 - Head coach, East Stroudsburg
1994-1995 - Head coach, Ephrata (Pa.) High School
1992-1993 - Student assistant coach, Bloomsburg
Breneman's Playing Timeline
1996-1997 - Georgia Pride (WPSL)
1989-1992 - Bloomsburg University
Breneman's Education Timeline
1993, B.S., Adult health and cardiac rehabilitation, Bloomsburg