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Mellissa OatesAug. 16, ST. JOHN'S, NL - Memorial University Athletics is delighted to announce that Mellissa Oates has been named Head Coach of the Women's Volleyball Program.A former Sea-Hawk, Mellissa has shown great interest in moving into the coaching ranks at the University level and Memorial Athletics is delighted to provide an opportunity to a young, eager coach that has gained solid coaching experience over the past five years.In a partnership with the Newfoundland & Labrador Volleyball Association (NLVA), she will devote her energy to the sport on a full-time basis, with a time-sharing arrangement between both parties. Oates has spent the past number of years building her coaching resume and has invested a great deal of time and energy into developing her skills and techniques.She has worked tirelessly with both school and NLVA affiliated programs to grow through the coaching ranks.Oates is currently Assistant Coach of the 2005 Canada Games team, sharing responsibility for identifying and selecting elite talent that will represent the Province this week in Regina.She is also Technical Director with the NLVA, working administratively to promote and support volleyball on the provincial scene.She was previously involved as an assistant coach with the Sea-Hawks during the 2003-04 season and looks forward to returning to lead the team.A competitive athlete during her playing days and an AUS All-star during the 1999-2000 season, Mellissa is quite aware what it takes to excel at the AUS level, having been a key contributor on the 1999-2000 AUS Championship team. Oates is looking forward to this new challenge and is eager to begin the 2004-05 season commenting, "I am excited to be offered the head coach position with the Memorial Sea-Hawks Women's Volleyball Program and I look forward to the challenges that this upcoming season holds.Oates will move into her position upon her return from the Canada Games in Regina.
The Titans, under the tutelage of coach Mellissa Oates, won gold with a 26-24, 25-19 sweep of Holy Trinity High School in the best-of-three final Saturday afternoon at Holy Spirit High gymnasium.
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The Atlantic conference Coach of the Year is Memorial Sea-Hawks head coach Mellissa Oates.In her first season with the Sea-Hawks, Mellissa inherited a last place Memorial squad which finished with a 1-18 record in 2004-05 and 0-16 in 2003-04.Under her guidance, the Sea-hawks posted an impressive 9-12 record this season and finished fourth.The nine wins are the most for the Memorial program since the 2001-02 season when they went 11-7 when Oates was a member of the team.Mellissa, the 1999-00 Atlantic University Sport Libero of the Year will look to become the first Atlantic winner of the CIS Coach of the Year Award.
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May 19, 2009 (ST. JOHN'S, NL) - Mellissa Oates has resigned as the head coach of Memorial University's women's volleyball team to pursue a degree in education.
Oates was head coach of the team for the past four seasons and was named the AUS coach of the year in 2005-06, her first season at the helm of the program. Oates also served as the technical director with the Newfoundland and Labrador Volleyball Association. Oates will return to her hometown of Corner Brook to begin the bachelor of education (primary/elementary) program at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in May. Reflecting on her experience at Memorial, Oates comments that she is thankful to have had the opportunity to develop so many meaningful relationships with her players, coaches and supporters of the program. She said, "It's been a huge period of growth for me personally and the athletes, as I've had the opportunity to coach many of them for the duration of my head coach position. I absolutely love coaching. The talented athletes at Memorial have given me an opportunity to share my passion for volleyball. I've formed many great relationships with the athletes, and my coaching staff over the years and I will cherish them." Oates also feels that the program is on the cusp of competing for an AUS championship. She commented, "The future of the women's volleyball program is bright. Last season's squad was incredibly talented, but young. With time to develop their talent and gel as a team they have the opportunity to become a force to be reckoned with. They were a pleasure to coach." Memorial's director of Athletics Michelle Healey indicated that Oates was able to make a positive contribution to every facet of the women's volleyball program. She said, "Mellissa was fully committed to making the Memorial women's volleyball program successful during her time as head coach. She carried the same passion and fire she had as a player into her coaching role, always expecting the best from her team. Her commitment to excellence on the court, in the classroom and in the community resulted in a well-rounded program that was successful on many levels." Healey knows that Oates will find success with her newest challenge. She said, "Mellissa has been presented with a wonderful life opportunity to begin a career as a teacher. I know she will be an outstanding teacher and through the school system she will likely be able to continue her passion for volleyball and coaching. I would like to personally thank her for her dedication and commitment to our women's volleyball program and I wish her nothing but success on this new path she has chosen." As an athlete and coach Oates was known for her intensity and competitiveness. These traits were key to her success as a coach but her experiences have helped her become a better decision maker. She summarized this by saying, "The most valuable lesson I've learned coaching at Memorial is to be patient and listen to what the athletes have to say.