|Title:||Head Volleyball Coach|
Blinn College volleyball coach Erin Mellinger is coming off an outstanding debut season as the Buccaneers’ head coach. Blinn went 25-7 under Mellinger’s guidance in 2012, including a pair of wins at the Region XIV Conference Championships.
Middle blocker Bruna Evangelista earned National Junior College Athletic Association and American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America honors, and four more Buccaneers earned All-Region XIV Conference recognition.
Mellinger came to Blinn from the College of Southern Idaho, where she helped guide the Golden Eagles to the 2009 national championship. In Mellinger’s five seasons, CSI made three national tournament appearances, won two Region 18 championships and posted an overall record of 148-48.
Prior to her stint at CSI, Mellinger spent two years as head coach at Lewis-Clark State College, an NAIA Division I program, for the 2005 and 2006 seasons. She was also the head coach at Independence (Kan.) Community College, where she led the NJCAA Division I program to a 62-21 record over two seasons, coached two All-Americans and was named the NJCAA District K coach of the year.
Mellinger’s own collegiate playing career began in the junior college ranks with Treasure Valley (Ore.) Community College, where she helped the school reach the Scenic West Athletic Conference tournament for the first time in 19 years. A defensive specialist, she then transferred to Lewis-Clark for one season before concluding her career at Chicago State University.
Mellinger has a master’s degree in physical education and teaches kinesiology. She and her husband Gary have two daughters – Piper and Paige.