Dec. 18, 2012
Usually, when a student-athlete’s career ends, their schedule gets a little lighter with not having to juggle class, practice, study table, a social life, etc. But that’s not the case for former Gopher Briana Hassett.
The 2009 graduate has kept busy by enrolling in graduate school at the University of St. Thomas, while also working a full-time job in Best Buy’s corporate office.
After graduating from Minnesota, Hassett continued her softball career by going overseas to play in Holland with fellow Gopher Shannon Stemper.
“The Netherlands was a great experience all around,” Hassett said. “The team we played with was very fun and relaxed, which made it easier for us to feel welcomed. I still try to stay in contact with a number of people that I met over there.”
The native of Eagan, Minn., along with a number of other Americans playing in Holland, got teamed together for the opportunity to face the Netherlands National Team.
Following her time in Holland, Hassett found herself traveling to Perth, Australia, to play in a more competitive league, which she compared to the collegiate level.
“This league had so many talented players, and it was where Australia handpicked players for their National and Olympic teams,” Hassett said. “It was, and still is, fun to keep track and follow the careers of those players that I knew and played with or against.”
While Briana was in Perth, her team (Western Flames) won its respective league tournament for the first time since 1959. Hassett played a huge role in helping the Flames accomplish this feat, earning the Lorraine Woolley Best Pitcher award along the way.
When asked to look back at her collegiate career, Briana talked about how she misses her teammates the most, but as an alumna, she remains in contact with many of them.
Other than remembering the bonds she made with her teammates, Hassett’s most memorable Gopher moment was beating Michigan during her sophomore season (2007).
Hassett still remains active in the softball world today, as she coaches private lessons, helps at clinics, and assists with the Macalester softball program.