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.
will return to her
hometown of Corner Brook to begin the bachelor of education (primary/elementary) program at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College
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.
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."
also feels that the program is on the cusp of competing for an AUS championship.
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.
was fully committed to making the Memorial women's volleyball program successful during her
time as head coach.
carried the same passion and fire she
had as a player into her
coaching role, always expecting the best from 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
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
dedication and commitment to our women's volleyball program and I wish her
nothing but success on this new path she
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.
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.