Emmitsburg, Md. (June 11, 2014) -- Melissa Kolbe, a proven winner as a player and assistant coach, will join the Mount St. Mary's women's basketball coaching staff as an assistant beginning with the 2014-15 season. Kolbe, who has 13 years of experience at the Division I level, will also serve as the recruiting coordinator for Head Coach Bryan Whitten's staff.
"We are excited to add Melissa to our women's basketball family," Whitten said. "She has a lot of experience and will bring many new ideas to our program, especially in the area of recruiting, where she will be our recruiting coordinator. She will work with our guards and also handle our community outreach. We have been blessed to have some great assistants in the past, and Melissa will add to that list."
Throughout her career, Kolbe has made coaching stops at Eastern Kentucky, East Carolina and Mercer at the Division I level.
"I am extremely excited to join Coach Whitten's staff here at Mount St. Mary's," Kolbe said. "The values of his program and the emphasis on family are what drew me to the Mount. He has achieved success here and built this program the right way, and I am thankful to be a part of the future successes here at the Mount."
Kolbe makes her way to the Mount from Eastern Kentucky University where she was the recruiting coordinator and worked with the post players. As an assistant from 2008-14, Kolbe helped build Eastern Kentucky into one of the top programs in the Ohio Valley Conference, as the Colonels picked up back-to-back winning seasons in 2012-13 and 2013-14. Her run was highlighted by the program's first-ever trip to the Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI) last season.
Prior to joining the staff at Eastern Kentucky, Kolbe worked as an assistant coach at East Carolina University for six seasons from 2002-08. The most successful season for the Lady Pirates during the six-year span came in the 2006-07 campaign when ECU won its first Conference-USA tournament championship to stamp its second-ever ticket to the NCAA Tournament.
Kolbe spent the 2001-02 academic year serving as an assistant coach at Mercer University, helping the Bears to a 16-13 record. In her only season in Macon, Ga., Kolbe aided in Mercer's 10-win improvement from the previous season, which was the biggest turnaround in the NCAA in 2001-02.
Beginning her coaching career at Valdosta State University in 1999, Kolbe spent two seasons at the Division II Institution before making the jump to Division I at Mercer in 2001.
The Cleveland, Ohio native graduated from Wittenberg University in 1999 with a degree in psychology. As a standout on the basketball court for the Tigers, Kolbe helped Wittenberg to three conference championships and two trips to the NCAA Tournament.