A very familiar face is joining the Pitt women’s basketball coaching staff, as Brianna Kiesel has been named as an assistant coach for the Panthers.
The announcement of Kiesel’s hiring came on Thursday morning and was made by Lance White. Her first coaching assignment comes after an extensive search to replace former Pitt assistant and current Northeastern head coach Bridgette Mitchell after her departure from the program in April.
Kiesel has spent her time after Pitt playing for a myriad of teams in both the United States and overseas. Kiesel joined Shavonte Zellous as the only Panther to get drafted to the WNBA following her selection to the Tulsa Shock in 2015. Her international endeavors took Kiesel to Poland, Sweden, Hungary and Israel. Her most recent season was in Hungary with Uni Gyor, where she averaged 17.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. This success on the court and Kiesel’s basketball IQ excite White.
“Her knowledge of the game matches her love for Pitt. She was a huge part of Pitt’s last NCAA Tournament team and she had a successful career in the WNBA and overseas so she knows firsthand what it takes to compete and win at the highest level.”
In Oakland, Kiesel racked up the most minutes played in program history and sits fifth all-time in both points scored and assists. During her senior season, Kiesel flourished with averages of 18.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists per contest. Her Panther Award and Blue-Gold Award recognitions made her just the second female student-athlete to win those respective honors.
Kiesel spoke highly of the university while addressing her hiring and looks forward to working with the team’s current roster.
“I am so honored to be joining the women’s basketball coaching staff at the University of Pittsburgh,” stated Kiesel. “I had such an amazing playing career here and I am forever grateful for the opportunity to make my return as an assistant coach. Everyone at Pitt has been my second family since the moment I stepped foot on campus for my official visit. This has been my dream job ever since graduating in 2015 and I’m ready to pass on the knowledge I’ve gained from the WNBA and international play to the up-and-coming student-athletes at Pitt. I can’t wait to continue to bleed that Pittsburgh blue and gold.”