PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University softball has added Mandi Chaiyabhat, a former assistant coach at Hood College who holds a variety of coaching experience at the collegiate, high school and club levels, to its staff as an assistant coach, Brown head coach Katie Flynn announced on Wednesday.
Chaiyabhat served as the top assistant coach at Hood from 2006-09, helping the Blazers make their first-ever appearances in the NCAA Division III Softball Championship in 2006 and 2007. Chaiyabhat held responsibilities with the team's pitchers and outfielders as the Blazers won back-to-back Atlantic Women's College Conference regular season and tournament titles. She also assisted with the program's recruiting, compliance, administration, camps, and practice plans.
She holds coaching experience in a variety of contexts including as the co-founder and co-president of both WM Fastpitch Camps and Clinics and the Maryland Xplosion Fastpitch Softball Program. She acted as an instructor at Georgetown's softball summer camps in 2008 and 2009, while also coaching at Gaithersburg High School and on the youth travel level.
Chaiyabhat also has professional teaching experience as a physical education and health education at the middle school level from 2001-14. She served as an athletic trainer at Illinois Wesleyan University in 2000 and at Illinois State University from 1999-2000.
A two-time Team MVP at McHenry County College, she finished her career as McHenry's single season record holder for ERA (0.41). She also won Team MVP honors twice as a player at Crystal Lake Central High School.
A member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), she graduated from Illinois State University in 2001 with degrees in Physical Education, Teacher Education and Physical Education, Athletic Training.