University of Hawai’i at Hilo Athletic Director Patrick Guillen today announced the resignation of Softball Head Coach Patty “Peejay” Brun, effective July 1, 2016. Brun leaves UH Hilo to become associate head softball coach at Texas State University.
“I have very mixed emotions with Coach Brun’s departure,” Guillen said. “On one hand, I am happy for her and her family who she will be reunited with in Texas and also for this professional opportunity to move back to the NCAA I level. But selfishly, Vulcan Athletics is losing a top-notch coach who is a great mentor, educator and leader for our softball student-athletes.
“I am grateful to Coach Brun for her tireless work ethic and commitment to building a solid program that our community is proud of. Our loss is certainly Texas State’s gain.”
Brun joined UH Hilo in 2014. In her two seasons with the Vulcans, her teams compiled a 63-33-1 record with back-to-back 30-win seasons and produced an all-American.
“I’d like to thank Chancellor Donald Straney and Tim Moore for giving me the opportunity to be at the helm of UH Hilo softball,” Brun said. “I’d also like to thank the University and town of Hilo for embracing me and helping me transition so quickly. The love and aloha that was shown to me from the moment I stepped on the island has meant so much.
“It has been an absolute privilege to coach here and be a part of the Vulcan family. Finally, I’d like to thank Pat Guillen for his great support this year. His vision for the program is one that I know will help take it to great success.
“The next step has presented itself in this opportunity to coach and be with my family and it was an opportunity we felt could not be turned down.”
A search for Brun’s replacement will begin immediately.
“I am confident we will be able to identify and bring in a quality coach,” Guillen said. “We have some big shoes to fill.”