ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – St. Bonaventure women's basketball head coach Jesse Fleming has announced the additions of Bryanna Mueller and Amber Easter to the Bonnies coaching staff. Both will assume assistant coach roles and join the program effective immediately.
Mueller comes to the Bonnies by way of Idaho State where she has been an assistant coach since 2016. She had a primary focus of working with Bengals guards while also helping with basketball operations, student-athlete academic progress, recruiting and game preparation.
She helped lead the Bengals to back-to-back 20-win seasons the past two years including 2017-18 when the team captured 21 wins. There, she was instrumental in two Idaho State guards earning All-Big Sky recognition as ISU netted the nation's most improved field goal shooting award while connecting on nearly 46 percent of shots from the floor during the year.
In 2016-17, Mueller helped the Bengals to 19 wins with two guards taking all-conference honors including Estefania Ors who was named Big Sky Freshman of the Year. That season, the Bengals reached the Big Sky Championship Game. While she oversaw ISU student-athlete academic progress, the Bengals had a program record eight players receive Big Sky All-Academic honors during her first season in that role.
Prior to ISU, she worked as a graduate assistant at Arizona State where she served as video coordinator and assisted with basketball operations, scouting reports and camps.
Mueller served as a student manager at Drake after she started her collegiate career at the United States Air Force Academy – she completed one season with the Air Force Academy Prep school and one with the Academy. During her time there, she acted as Bravo Squadron First Sergeant and supervised 85 cadet candidates. She earned an undergraduate degree in marketing and an MBA from Drake.
"Bryanna is a rising star in this business. She comes with high recommendations from a lot of well-respected coaches in the profession," Fleming assessed. "She's going to make us better. She has experience throughout the country and we can't wait to bring her here. She's a high-energy person who is going to have a tremendous influence on our players."
Easter joins St. Bonaventure with several years of experience in the Atlantic 10 on the bench following an outstanding collegiate playing career. A standout player at George Mason, she most recently served as the Director of Basketball Operations for the past two years at her alma mater after working as a graduate assistant on the women's basketball staff at VCU from 2015-17.
At George Mason, she was part of a staff that earned hosting rights in the Atlantic 10 Tournament the past two years including the No. 4 seed in the conference and a school record 24 wins in 2018. She helped manage all facets of the Patriots women's basketball program under head coach Nyla Milleson, working with the coaching staff on video operations, overseeing the team schedule and coordinating team travel and practices.
While with VCU, Easter worked in all aspects of the program under head coach Beth O'Boyle including player development, recruiting, alumni relations and scouting reports. In her two years on staff, the Rams finished 39-25 and earned a spot in the 2016 WNIT.
Before joining the college coaching ranks, Easter worked at Bethel (Va.) High School as an assistant girls basketball coach and the head junior varsity coach for two years. In 2014-15, Bethel finished a sparkling 21-1 and was the 6A South State runner-up.
Easter was a star player during her collegiate days. She was a 1,000-point scorer for George Mason, finishing her career in 2013 ranking 11th on the Patriots' all-time scoring charts with 1,277 points. She also ranked ninth in career rebounds (753), ninth in blocks (65), 17th in assists (192) and 20th in steals (135) while averaging 10.6 points and 6.3 rebounds in 120 career games. During her playing days, she was honored as a Second Team All-Colonial Athletic Association pick as a senior and a CAA All-Rookie Team member with George Mason prior to their transition to the A-10. She earned an undergraduate degree in psychology from Mason followed by an MBA from VCU.
"We are extremely excited to add someone with Amber's experience coaching in the league as well as her background as an outstanding player," Fleming said. "She is going to help in all facets of our program – from recruiting to player development, we expect her to be a positive force within our program."
Easter and Mueller join Ryan Phillips who will be in his second year as an assistant coach along with Alysha Giarra who returns for her fourth season as director of operations as members of Fleming's coaching staff.
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