Melissa Myers earned All-American honors in two sports while competing at Juniata College.
She led women’s volleyball programs to championship performances in both the NCAA Division I and Division II levels.
Myers credits her time on the volleyball court, track and in the classrooms at Northern Cambria High School for much of her success that includes her induction into the Cambria County Sports Hall of Fame on October 16.
Myers earned All-American status in volleyball and track and eventually was inducted into the Juniata College Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.
Myers had her first head coaching position in volleyball at Division II California (Pa.) University and was inducted into the California University of Pennsylvania Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017.
Myers coached nine seasons at Division I Illinois State, posting a 168-116 record.
Among Myers’ career highlights:
- Named Middle-Atlantic Conference (MAC) Volleyball Player of the Year and AVCA First-Team All-American in 1997 at Juniata College after leading team with 485 kills, 3.91 kills average, 93 service aces, 63 blocks, 72 digs and .266 hitting percentage.
- Among Juniata career leaders with 2,977 attacks and 301 aces on the volleyball court.
- Earned All-American honors in the shot put with a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Division III championship event in 1998 and was a MAC champion in the event at Juniata College.
- Had a then-Juniata College record shot put throw of 43-6 and held pentathlon school record with 2,249 points.
- From 2002-07, compiled a record of 161-49 at California and had five NCAA Division II Tournament appearances, three regional finals, two PSAC championships and one NCAA Atlantic Region Championship appearance.
- Her 2004 Vulcans team went 28-7 and reached the NCAA Atlantic Regional Championship event. California went 33-3 in 2005 and posted another 30-win season in 2006, reaching both the finals of the PSAC and NCAA Atlantic Regional Tournaments.
- Her 2007 Vulcans team went 35-4 overall and achieved the program’s first undefeated PSAC West season in 25 years. The team had a school-record 33-match winning streak.
- Had a successful nine-year run coaching volleyball at NCAA Division I Illinois State University, compiling a 168-116 record.
- Led Illinois State to Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) regular-season and tournament titles in 2014 when the team went 27-6. Her Redbirds had a 23-match winning streak and went undefeated in MVC play.
- Illinois State advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007 and won its first NCAA Tournament match since 1996 during the 2014 season.
- Myers was named Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year and AVCA North Region Coach of the Year in 2014.
- Coached 27 all-MVC selections, 7 all-region picks, and 3 All-American volleyball players at Illinois State.