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Head Volleyball Coach

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Local Address:  New York , United States
Cornell University
159 Sapsucker Woods Road
Ithaca , New York 14850
United States

Company Description: Founded in 1865, Cornell is a leading private institution of higher learning located in Ithaca, New York. Approximately 20,000 students from 120 countries enroll in...   more

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  • bachelor's degree , sports administration
    Southern Mississippi University
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Cornell Names Melissa Batie-Smoose Head Volleyball Coach 4/9/12 - Women's Volleyball Melissa Batie-Smoose was named Sun Conference Coach of the Year in 2009 while at Savannah College of Art & Design.
Cornell Names Melissa Batie-Smoose Head Volleyball Coach Melissa Batie-Smoose was named Sun Conference Coach of the Year in 2009 while at Savannah College of Art & Design.
Savannah College of Art and Design - Staff Directory, 6 June 2012 [cached]
Melissa Batie Savannah College of Art and Design - Staff Directory
Savannah College of Art and Design
Melissa Batie
Melissa Batie Head Coach
Phone: 912.525.4806 Email:
Melissa Batie begins her second season as the head volleyball coach at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Batie, 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. Batie 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. During her 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.
Batie 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.
Batie 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 got her 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. During her 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. She was a two-year starter for the Golden Eagles after transferring to Southern Miss from Texas Tech University, where she played her 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.
Melissa Batie ..., 6 Feb 2008 [cached]
Melissa Batie Associate Head Coach 850-644-1895
The goal, according to head coach ..., 27 Sept 2012 [cached]
The goal, according to head coach Melissa Batie-Smoose, is "to not lose on the weekend - to at least split."
Although the team has improved its record to 3-8 after losing six of its first seven games, Batie-Smoose recognizes this fall as "a rebuilding season."
To prepare for opponents, Batie-Smoose says that she watches "numerous films," breaks down the scouting report with the other coaches and shows the team "different rotations that [it] possibly [needs] to defend."
Batie-Smoose, who has been coaching for 19 years across a number of conferences and divisions, is in her first year as head coach at Cornell, where she's motivated to improve the Red one step at a time.
"Its important to focus on little tangible goals," she says, adding that rebuilding is all about "getting better each time."
Last week, Andy Noel, the Cornell ..., 16 April 2012 [cached]
Last week, Andy Noel, the Cornell Director of Athletics, named Melissa Batie-Smoose the Wendy Schaenen '79 head coach of volleyball and Patrick Farmer the head coach of the women's soccer program.
Batie-Smoose comes to Cornell with nearly 20 years of coaching experience at nearly every collegiate level, with a legacy as the most successful head coach in the history of Savannah College of Art & Design, where she led the team to a 81-43 overall record.
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