Giovana Melo will begin her third season as CSU Bakersfield’s Director of Volleyball in the Fall of 2016.
Melo guided the Roadrunners to the program’s first NCAA Division I Tournament appearance in her first season after CSU Bakersfield took home the team’s first WAC Tournament title. The ‘Runners dropped one set in three WAC Tournament matches. Melo is 16-15 at Bakersfield. In addition to her indoor duties, she oversees sand volleyball program operations at Bakersfield during the spring season.
In year two, the Roadrunners finished second in the WAC with a 10-4 league record and advanced to the WAC Tournament finals where CSUB dropped a 3-0 decision to NM State. Two players; Luiza Martins and Kelsee Sawyer, earned first team All-Conference honors while Carol Grasso was selected second team All-Conference. Melo is 29-29 at the helm of the Roadrunner program.
Melo was wildly successful as a head coach in six years at Western Nebraska Community College where her teams reached five NJCAA Division I final fours and won the 2010 NJCAA national championship. Her teams won six Region IX championships while posting a career record of 262-20.
Melo earned an impressive list of accolades while at Western Nebraska. She was named Region IX Coach of the Year five times, District J Coach of the Year six times, American Volleyball Coaches Association Two-Year College West Region Coach of the Year four times along with being named to the AVCA ’30 under 30’ Award list three times. She was also named Omaha World Herald Midland Coach of the Year in 2011.
An outstanding recruiter with international ties, six current or former Roadrunners, Amanda Schoene, Megan Johnson, Danika Youngblood and Luzia Martins, Fernanda Goncalves and Debora Araujo played for Melo at Western Nebraska. Araujo and Goncalves were members of the 2010 National Championship team at WNCC before earning first team All-Conference honors at CSUB in 2013. Martins was selected selected second team All-Conference and was named to the All-WAC Tournament team in 2014.
Melo began her collegiate playing career at Western Nebraska before transferring to Arizona State. Melo was a two-year starter at setter for the Sun Devils and served as a team captain as a senior. Melo would begin her coaching career at Arizona State, serving as an assistant coach for three years.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Arizona State and her Master’s Degree of Higher and Post-Secondary Education at ASU.
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