Boyertown's Brianna DePriest to play softball at Alvernia University

Photo by Ric Webb Boyertown senior Brianna DePriest signs her Letter-of-Intent to play softball at Alvernia University next year. She is with her parents, Dale and Pam DePriest, and her high school softball coach in back, Brandi Hankins.

It’s been a very tough year for Boyertown season Brianna DePriest. Last November, her arm started to hurt and it just kept getting worse. By February of this year she went under the knife to repair a torn front labrum and rotator cuff.

But it wasn’t all bad for DePriest. Last week she signed her Letter-of-Intent to play softball at Alvernia College in Reading. While she had serious injuries to deal with, she expects to be back at 100% by next spring.

“The biggest two reasons I chose Alvernia is that it’s close and it has my major (childhood education and special ed.),” said DePriest. “It’s also a very nice campus and I had a chance to meet my future teammates and they were very welcoming to me.”

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She also had the chance to meet the Coach, Lindsay Berger who has been head coach at Alvernia since 2009. In her four years as head coach of the Alvernia softball team, Berger has an overall record of 83-39 and has never has less than 22 wins in one season.

“I had a chance to see her at a practice and she’s a very relaxed coach. I like that,” said DePriest. “She’s very serious, but in a relaxed way. She doesn’t yell.”

Alvernia was the first college she looked at, but was far from sure that this was what she wanted. She had it narrowed down between Alvernia, West Chester and Moravian. The proximity and its academic reputation made the choice Alvernia.

“It was a big relief to finally make the decision,” said DePriest. “There was a lot of stress in the process of choosing a school. I’m not really nervous about playing softball at the college level. I’m looking forward to playing there. It’s something different and I believe I’m ready for it.”

When asked what she will miss most about playing softball at Boyertown, it wasn’t an easy question for her.

“It’s all been so good far,” she said. “I’ve learned a lot here, especially this year when I was out due to my injury. Coach Brandy has taught me so much.”