the official press release from Gannon and also Brunelli's Twitter account so you can get some insight into his interests and personality.
I know the initial reaction is that Brunelli is under immense pressure to win the PSAC, the region, and the national championship here in Erie next March. I don't see it that way and I'm guessing Brunelli, because he's a mature coach (don't let his boyish looks fool you), doesn't share the view of many fans.
From a strictly basketball perspective, Job #1 for Brunelli in the 2013-14 season is to get to know this team, its many strengths and few weaknesses. Job #2 is to make sure they get better every day. He's got to get his program to dream about the Elite 8 but not dwell on it. The focus has to be on individuals working hard, playing smart, and improving their game. They don't hand out trophies in practice, but that's usually where they're earned. The Lady Knights have to think "Cheyney" before they think "championship." If Brunelli can make this team better, the wins will take care of themselves.
Personally, I'm excited Gannon lured a quality coach like Brunelli to Erie. Forget all his basketball background and NCAA history. He's a western PA native, and those area roots could result in a stable Lady Knight program that could experience a long run of success. Fans are thinking mostly about next year because the team is so loaded. But I think the university also wanted a person with the character and local connections who can be the foundation for year-in, year-out success in academics and athletics for the next decade or more.