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AnaMarie Bruni

School

University of South Florida

Position
OF
Major
Health Sciences/Communication

Classroom

Bruni graduated magna cum laude in the Spring of 2020 with a bachelor of science in health sciences. The senior has been a member of the AAC All-Academic Team four times, earning the recognition in each of her years on campus. She has also been a regular staple on the USF Athletics Department Honor Roll, earning a spot on the list in each semester that the designation has been awarded.

Graduating from the Selmon Mentoring Institute, Bruni helps student-athletes prepare for the next step in their careers by offering real-life experience and expanding their professional network. Named after Lee Roy Selmon, the institute focuses on professional development while also emphasizing compassion and integrity.

She is currently pursuing a post-bachelor’s in communication.

Character

Bruni has taken steps to make the most of her position as a student-athlete at USF. A participant in USF’s Student-Athlete Leadership Academy, she has taken advantage of leadership experiences that supplement other opportunities as a student-athlete.

Bruni has been a selfless teammate over the course of her time at South Florida, helping mentor younger teammates when possible. The USF softball coaching staff can always count on her to handle situations in a way that reflects well on both the team and USF as a whole.

Community

Bruni has emphasized having a role in the community while at South Florida. The senior focuses on improving the local community through her strengths, volunteering with organizations that have an athletics role in her community. She has worked with Paralympic Sport Tampa Bay and Buddy Baseball in her time at USF. Using her strengths as a student-athlete, Bruni has been able to help enable everyone to participate in sports in the Tampa Bay area.

Outside of athletics, Bruni has helped improve the local community with volunteer work with other organizations as well. She has participated in the Stampede of Service, a day designated for all members of the University of South Florida to complete service opportunities around the community.

Competition

Bruni has been one of the best competitors in Division I softball over the course of her collegiate career. As a junior in 2018, Bruni led the team in most offensive categories, including batting average (.385), slugging percentage (.503), and stolen bases (33). With her dominating season, she was named a member of the NFCA All-Region third team. Bruni was also an American Athletic Conference first team selection and one of three players to start all 60 games during the season.

In the shortened 2020 season, Bruni’s dominance at the plate continued, hitting .476 through 25 games with 11 stolen bases and a 1.030 OPS. In USF’s record book, her 33 stolen bases in 2019 tied for the most in a single-season in program history and she ranks No. 9 on the all-time program list with 61 steals in her career. Overall, the Schwenksville, Pa. native has amassed a .347 batting average with 97 runs and 34 RBIs.

Bruni also excels as a fielder, recording 211 putouts and nine assists with only eight errors throughout her career.