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PRESS PHOTO BY CJ HEMERLYAfter playing at Freedom High School and Lafayette College and coaching at Northampton Community College, Brianne Giangiobbe takes over the Emmaus as the Emmaus girls volleyball head coach this fall. PRESS PHOTO BY CJ HEMERLYAfter playing at Freedom High School and Lafayette College and coaching at Northampton Community College, Brianne Giangiobbe takes over the Emmaus as the Emmaus girls volleyball head coach this fall.

Giangiobbe takes helm of Emmaus girls volleyball

Friday, August 30, 2019 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

There is a new leader at the helm inside the Emmaus High School auxiliary gym as first-year girls volleyball head coach Brianne Giangiobbe brings in new life and a change to the program after longtime head coach Gwen Millets stepped down following the 2018 season.

Giangiobbe played the sport at a high level, first at Freedom High School and then as a Division I player at Lafayette College. It is her first opportunity as a head coach, but one she is ready for.

“I was the assistant coach at Northampton Community College and coached club the last three years,” said Giangiobbe. “When I saw the opening here, I thought I was qualified enough and talked to a few of the coaches in the area and asked if they thought I should go for it and they told me to go for it.”

While at Freedom, Giangiobbe was a two-time then-Lehigh Valley Conference, District XI and all-state player. During her three years on the varsity squad she totaled 993 career kills as an outside hitter.

After a standout career as a Patriot, Giangiobbe had interest from several different colleges to continue her athletic career. She decided on Lafayette, where she majored in engineering. During her senior year in 2015, Giangiobbe appeared in all 27 matches that season and led the Leopards with 272 kills as the team’s primary outside hitter. She ranked 10th in the Patriot League with 2.78 kills per set, and also added 83 digs and 35 blocks, while being named Honorable Mention All-Patriot League.

“I enjoyed my time at Lafayette and grew as a player and a person,” Giangiobbe said. “My time there as a player and student prepared me to be in the position that I am today.”

The Green Hornets finished runners-up in the District 11 Class 4A Tournament, falling to five-time champion Parkland. They qualified for the PIAA State Tournament for the first time in 23 years. There is plenty of confidence and momentum inside the program, and enough talent to keep it going into this season.