Softball Coach: Melinda Wallace
Melinda Wallace enters her first year as head coach at Mount Mary College, as chosen by the Mount Mary College Department of Athletics this fall.
The Salem, Ohio, native brings a vast array of coaching and playing experience to the Blue Angels, including the soon-completion of a Masters of Coaching Education from Ohio University. Wallace received her Bachelors of Science in Special Education from Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, in 1993 where she was a four-year NCAA Division II Cross-Country and three-year Track & Field standout for the Eagles.
Wallace, currently residing in Oshkosh, Wis., has eight years of softball-focused coaching history in both Ohio and Wisconsin. Most recently, she worked with the Oshkosh Fast Club and the Raider Silver 12U Travel Team. She also spent the past season as an assistant volleyball coach at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis., for head coach Matt Schoultz.
Wallace, in her first NCAA head-coaching position, inherits a program that went 9-25 overall last season. Yet despite a tough start, the Blue Angels finished the season 7-8 overall and were playing their best ball of the year in April—a fact Wallace will look to build upon.
Wallace is the fourth new head coach at Mount Mary this season, joining head volleyball coach Kelsey Peterson, head basketball coach and Director of Athletics Michelle Guyant-Holloway and Joe Shokatz's promotion from assistant to head soccer coach this season.