March 22, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State head coach Todd Kress announced today that Melissa Batie, former head volleyball coach of Nova Southeastern University, has been hired as associate head coach for the Seminoles. She officially began her post on March 17, 2006, and is currently on the road recruiting.
“We are elated to have someone of Melissa’s caliber join our program,” Kress said. “She has proven organizational, recruiting, and motivational skills that will greatly benefit the program. Melissa’s personal strengths are an excellent match for our staff and I truly feel like it’s a union where the chemistry is natural. Melissa is a fabulous addition and she brings the whole package. I’m really excited for the future of our program and we are all looking forward to a successful fall season.”
Batie joins FSU after one season as head coach at Nova Southern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where she guided the Sharks to a 6-19 record. Prior to her stint at NSU, Batie spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Wake Forest University from 2002-2005.
Batie came to Wake Forest from Gainesville, Fla., where she spent the 2001-02 season as the head coach of the Gainesville Juniors 16/1 Club Team. Ranked eighth nationally, they finished in the top 10 at nationals. 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. She helped guide the Gators to the “Sweet 16” of the NCAA Tournament that year.
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, Batie 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.
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 volleyball coach at Anoka High School in Anoka, Minn., where she guided the Tornadoes to the 1997 conference championship.
Prior to arriving in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Batie worked as an assistant coach at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Taking the job in 1992, Batie left after one season to take the assistant coach post at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., for the 1993 season. She returned to Charlotte in 1994 and spent the next three years with the 49ers, before assuming the interim head coach position for the 1997 spring season.
A 1991 graduate of Southern Mississippi, Batie earned her degree in sports administration. She was a two-year letterwinner for the Golden Eagles after transferring to Southern Mississippi from Texas Tech, where she played her first two years. A two-time team MVP for Southern Mississippi, the former Melissa Trent still ranks in the top ten of the school records for career blocks, single-season blocks and single-season kills.
Born in Detroit and raised in Miami, Batie started playing volleyball in Pleasanton, Calif., where she went to high school. She now resides in Tallahassee with her daughter Madison, who is six.