With her first full season as a collegiate head coach and a solid recruiting class under her belt, Maureen “Moe” Melhart has plenty of reasons to be optimistic entering the 2016 Otter Volleyball campaign.
CSUMB won the first match of the Moe Melhart era, sweeping Holy Names University on Sept. 4, 2015. Two weeks later, the Otters posted another huge win, toppling No. 21 Sonoma State to hand the Seawolves what proved to be their only conference loss of the season.
A series of devastating injuries—including the loss of every setter on the roster—eventually took its toll, but before the Otters proved they are a team headed in the right direction.
Although 2015 was Melhart’s debutante season as CSUMB’s head coach, it actually began act three in her Otter coaching career. She first came to Seaside to serve as Jody Garry’s top lieutenant during the 2009–10 academic year. She came back to serve as Garry’s associate head coach in 2014.
Melhart returned to the Otter bench after a stellar run as the head coach at Colombia River High School—alma mater of Otter men's basketball forward Isaiah Smith—from 2010–13. She led the Chieftains to an undefeated season in the Greater St. Helens League as the circuit's Coach of the Year as well a fourth place finish in the 2013 Washington 3A State Championship Tournament.
A 2–time Academic All–Pac–10 selection as a student–athlete, Melhart played for then assistant coach Jody Garry at Washington State. She coached the top 15s team for the Pullman (Wash.) Volleyball Club in 2008–09 before heading to the Central Coast to join Garry's staff in The Kelp Bed for one season.
A resident of Vancouver, Wash., Melhart earned degrees in English and in secondary education with an emphasis in English from Washington State.