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Savannah College of Art and Design
Melissa Batie begins her second season as the head volleyball coach at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
, who will start her
14th season in the college coaching ranks this fall, guided the Bees
to a 17-10 overall and to a third-place finish in The Sun Conference in her
inaugural campaign in Savannah.
Batie comes to Savannah after serving two seasons as the associate head coach at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla. With the Seminoles, Batie worked primarily on the court with the middle blockers.
Batie joined the Seminoles after one season as head coach at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where she inherited a team that posted a 4-29 record the year before.
began the Sharks' turnaround by improving their record to 6-19 and making gains in several statistical categories.
The 2006 NSU
team - comprised mostly of Batie
recruits - posted 11 wins.
The Sharks made improvements in every facet of the game including kills per game and assists per game, which both rose by 20 percent, while digs per game increased by 13 percent.
Prior to her tenure at Nova Southeastern, Batie spent two seasons (2003-04) as an assistant at Wake Forest University.
first season, the Demon Deacons posted a 21-10 mark, the sixth-best record in school history and their .667 winning percentage was fifth-highest.
The 2003 edition matched a school-high with 10 ACC victories and finished third in the league, which equaled the 2000 team for the best conference finish.
Before joining the staff at Wake Forest, Batie spent two seasons as the head coach of the Gainesville Juniors 16/1 Club Team.
also coached Team Florida, part of the USA High Performance Program, that season and took them to the Volley Classic in Utah.
Prior to coaching the Gainesville Juniors, Batie served as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Florida for the 2000 season.
That year the Gators captured the SEC regular season and tournament titles on their way to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.
Before coaching at Florida, Batie
was involved with the Northern Lights Volleyball Club
in Burnsville, Minn., for three years.
During her stint with Northern Lights, she worked as head coach of the 17/1 team and the assistant coach for the 18/1 squad.
Both teams finished in the top 10 at the National Open Championships each year.
At Northern Lights she
coached U.S. Women's National Team member, two-time All-American and 2003 Big Ten Player of the Year Cassie Busse.
spent the 1998 season as an assistant coach at Creighton University
in Omaha, Neb.
The previous fall, Batie
spent a season as the head coach at Anoka High School
in Anoka, Minn., where she
guided the Tornadoes to the 1997 conference championship.
After a successful playing career, Batie
first coaching job as an assistant at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte
She spent four seasons on the 49ers bench from 1992-96 with a one-year stint (1993) as an assistant volleyball and softball coach at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., and was Charlotte's interim head coach in the spring of 1997.
tenure in Charlotte, the 49ers had five All-Metro Conference selections and set 10 match, single-season, and career records.
Batie earned a bachelor's degree in sports administration from Southern Mississippi University in 1991.
was a two-year starter for the Golden Eagles after transferring to Southern Miss from Texas Tech University
, where she
first two years.
A two-time team MVP for Southern Miss, Batie
still ranks in the top 10 on the school's career list for solo blocks and total blocks and is on the single season charts for blocking assists.
Born in Detroit and raised in Miami, Batie
started playing volleyball in Pleasanton, Calif., where she
went to high school.