July 24, 2017



Providence, R.I.-Rhode Island College has named Brian Claypool as its new head softball coach. Claypool takes over the program for Janice DiNobile who stepped down after four seasons guiding the Anchorwomen.


I would like to thank Director of Athletics Don Tencher, Assistant Athletic Director Scott Roy and the search committee for the faith they have put in me to lead the Rhode Island College softball program. I know that Rhode Island College has the type of athletic facilities and academic programs to draw quality student-athletes to this campus. With great passion, I will look to bring the softball program back to prominence in the Little East Conference.”




Claypool comes to Rhode Island College from Towson University where he spent the last season as the softball program’s director of operations. Prior to his stint at Towson, Claypool was the head coach at Holy Cross from August of 2007 through June of 2016.


At Holy Cross, he guided the Crusaders to the Patriot League Tournament in 2011, earning Claypool Patriot League Coach of the Year accolades. During his tenure guiding the Crusaders, Holy Cross had three student-athletes named to the Northeast All-Region Team, 23 earned All-Patriot League honors and 90 were selected to the All-Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.




In his first three seasons at HC, the team’s defense went from the lowest fielding percentage in the Patriot League to the highest in the conference in 2010. The squad’s total stolen base output went from 11 in 2007 to 103 in 2009 and 100 in 2010, ranking the Crusaders nationally in stolen bases per game.


Claypool served as the head softball coach at Hartwick for two seasons, while also serving as a physical education instructor at the college.


He also spent two seasons as the head coach at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, earning Massachusetts State Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Coach of the Year honors in 2003 after guiding the team to the championship game of the MASCAC Tournament.




Claypool also served as a graduate associate coach at Springfield. During his tenure, he helped the Pride to a school-record 41 victories and an ECAC North Championship title.


He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from The College of Wooster in 1999. Claypool earned his master’s degree in athletic counseling from Springfield in 2002.


He resides in Rutland, Mass.